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
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Although in the story Toby Esterhase (Bernard Hepton) is presumably junior in age to Bill Haydon (Ian Richardson), in real life Hepton was 10 years Richardson's senior, and had in fact directed the 24-year old Richardson in a critically acclaimed performance of Hamlet in the late 1950's. See more
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