Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Season 1, Episode 5

Tinker Tailor (8 Oct. 1979)

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Smiley goes to meet Jim Prideaux who is now back in Britain having survived his experience in Czechoslovakia. His testimony and that of others sheds new light on the "Testify" fiasco and source "Merlin".



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Episode cast overview:
Anthony Bate ...
George Sewell ...
Sam Collins
Mandy Cuthbert ...
Molly Purcell
Duncan Jones ...
Daniel Beecher ...


George Smiley calls on San Collins, ex-circus spy, who was the duty officer the night Jim Prideaux was shot. He confirms the events as George understands them and that Prideaux's good friend Bill Hayden is the senior officer who took charge of the case after all hell broke loose. George subsequently meets with Prideaux to get a firsthand account of what happened during the disastrous Operation Testify in Czechoslovakia. Prideaux confirms that it was a disaster from the start and was under surveillance almost immediately from the time he arrived. While under arrest, his interrogators knew as much about the operation as he did, including the meaning of "Tinker, Tailor". Written by garykmcd

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8 October 1979 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


Jim Prideaux calls the Alvis irreplaceable. Alvis cars were produced in Britain from 1919-1967. The company was purchased by British Leyland, which itself was partly nationalized in 1975. See more »


[first lines]
Roach: [driving the Alvis] Please sir, how long sir?
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