Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Season 1, Episode 1

Return to the Circus (10 Sep. 1979)

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Retired espionage veteran George Smiley is called out on a top secret mission: to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6's echelons.

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Terence Rigby ...
Michael Aldridge ...
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George Sewell ...
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Roddy Martindale
Anthony Bate ...
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Milos Kirek ...
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Czeck Guard
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Control, the ageing head of British Intelligence (the "Circus"), sets up Operation "Testify": he sends secret agent Jim Prideaux to Czechoslovakia where he is to get the name of a Soviet spy (or "mole") inside the Circus. But Prideaux falls into a trap... Written by Mark Treuthardt

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Peter Guillam's car has the registration number TJK 571 S. That would have been issued between August 1977 and July 1978. In later episodes, two other cars have T-registrations, from 1978-79. The action in the novel is supposed to be taking place in about 1973. See more »

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[the Witchcraft committee - Toby Esterhase, Roy Bland, Percy Allenine and Bill Haydon - gather for a meeting]
Percy Alleline: Right! We shall start!
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