Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Season 1, Episode 4

How It All Fits Together (1 Oct. 1979)

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While Guillam and Tarr come under pressure, Smiley recounts his one meeting with the Soviet master spy Karla, who is undoubtedly running the spy inside MI6.



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Episode cast overview:
George Sewell ...
Bernard Hepton ...
Michael Aldridge ...
Terence Rigby ...
Hywel Bennett ...
Anthony Bate ...
Alec Sabin ...
Marjorie Hogan ...
Alisa Brimley


Smiley and Guillam realise that Tarr has not told them the full story and that his presence in Britain is known to those suspected of being the mole. Smiley also reflects on an encounter he once had with Karla, Moscow Centre's leading strategist. Written by Mark Treuthardt

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Drama | Thriller





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1 October 1979 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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George Smiley: [Hearing of Irina's execution] Ricky Tarr mustn't know. It's vital that he gets no wind of this! God knows what he would or would not do if he found out, and we may need to make further use of him.
Peter Guillam: Do you really believe all that guff about Tarr being in love with her? The little homestead in the Highlands? The avenging lover, the honourable Ricky Tarr?
George Smiley: He may be compelled, Peter, everyone has a loyalty somewhere. He mustn't know.
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