Smiley makes inquiries among many Russian exiles, and uncovers a photograph revealing an astonishing secret.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stella Craven
Paul Herzberg ...
Okon Jones ...
Mr. Lamb
Ferguson (as Andrew Bradford)
Paris Hospital Sister
Anna Wing ...
Woman at Westbourne Terrace
Ken Sicklen ...
Taxi Driver


George Smiley continues his his investigation into the death of General Vladimir but discovers a number of anomalies related to his death. His former employers in the Secret Service simply wanted him to ensure that the General's death doesn't dredge up any old history. George is convinced however that the General was assassinated by the KGB and is puzzled by the possessions the police found - or didn't find - in his coat pocket. He retraces the General's recent movements and learns that a friend of his had brought him something important from Germany. A walk through Hampstead Heath turns up the information he had obtained. In Paris meanwhile, Madame Ostrakova is attacked by thugs who try to throw her in front of a car. Now in fear for her life, she again writes her friend the General in London. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

27 September 1982 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The flat Smiley searches is #6B. This is also the flat number of Sir William and Lady Beeder in The Horse's Mouth (1958), which starred Alec Guinness. See more »


In his darkroom, Smiley makes two mistakes with the 35mm film frame he has found. first, he makes a contact print of it, yet he doesn't bother to cut a piece of from a sheet of photographic paper but wastes an entire sheet. He then examines the print under a magnifying glass, as the image is only 36x24mm. But he must have an enlarger in the darkroom, so why didn't he make a full-size print instead? See more »


The General: I speak to you as your father's comrade in arms. As his general. His friend. Do you hear me? You arrive in Hamburg Wednesday morning. Understood?
[Villem says nothing]
The General: I said, understood?
Villem Craven: Vladi, I am sorry, I am English. I don't want. No! Positively!
The General: [grabbing the steering wheel] GET THIS THING OFF THE ROAD!
[the lorry lurches off to the side of the road]
Villem Craven: You're crazy!
The General: [grabbing Villem's collar] Have you forgotten how the Russian monster raped out country? The deportations? The murders? The camps? ...
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