Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Season 1, Episode 3

Smiley Tracks the Mole (24 Sep. 1979)

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The investigation begins, with Peter Guillam burgling the archives for information, while Smiley visits an old comrade whose past knowledge could prove vital to locating the spy.



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Episode credited cast:
Anthony Bate ...
Terence Rigby ...
Bernard Hepton ...
Michael Aldridge ...
Frank Compton ...
Frank Moorey ...
Jean Rimmer ...
Senior Secretary
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George Sewell ...


While Smiley checks on other former colleagues for details of what is known about the mole, his protégé Peter Guillam plays Burglar Bill by sneaking into the Circus and getting corroboration of Tarr's story and the details of Operation "Testify". Smiley also focuses on source "Merlin", a British spy in the KGB, and his "Witchcraft" material upon which the present heads of the "Circus" owe their positions. Written by Mark Treuthardt

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24 September 1979 (UK)  »

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In the meeting about 20 minutes into the episode, the reflection of the boom mic is visible in the glass in the table at the end in the foreground. See more »


[first lines]
George Smiley: You must assume, Peter, the Circus has dogs on you 24 hours a day. Think of it as a foreign country.
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