Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Season 1, Episode 7

Flushing Out the Mole (22 Oct. 1979)

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Smiley springs his trap and catches the spy. He later interrogates the spy and learns about how and why it happened, and the answers he gets robs him of any sense of victory.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Bate ...
George Sewell ...
Hywel Bennett ...
Terence Rigby ...
Michael Aldridge ...
Bernard Hepton ...
George Pravda ...
Alec Sabin ...
Duncan Jones ...
Daniel Beecher ...


Now Smiley has set his trap, Peter Guillam sets up the safe house to record the evidence when the mole finally incriminates himself. After his arrest, Smiley proudly plays the tape to the rest of the Centre and allows them to organize the moles future. The next day, after softening up by the inquisitors Smiley visits the mole and hears the whole story. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Thriller





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22 October 1979 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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When Smiley is playing the tape of the traitor's conversation back to the Circus leadership in the attic room, one can see through the small skylight, that it is daylight outside. Moments later the traitor is escorted to the waiting van, and it is nighttime again. See more »


[first lines]
[Smiley and Guillam prepare the safe house]
George Smiley: Toby Esterhase did say, two full milk bottles and all's well.
Peter Guillam: Right. That's the second time you asked.
George Smiley: Well, let's not pretend we're not nervous.
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