Smiley learns that his nemesis, the dreaded Soviet spymaster Karla, has a deep secret hidden involving his personal life. He now attempts to track down certain Russian individuals who could aid him, but they keep disappearing.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bernard Hepton ...
Norma West ...
Vass Anderson ...
Mr. Carson
Andy Bradford ...
Ferguson (as Andrew Bradford)
William Wilde ...
'Blue Diamond' Waiter
Germaine Delbat ...
Madame La Pierre
Jacques Maury ...
Nina Zuckerman ...
Art Gallery Receptionist
Robin Langford ...
'Blue Diamond' Receptionist
Jeffrey Kime ...
Paris Ambulance Driver
Catherine Erhardy ...
Ambulance Driver's Girlfriend


George calls on his now retired former colleague Toby Esterhase who tells him the General approached 2 weeks before his death and asked him to collect a document for him. Toby doesn't think much of the old General or some of his cronies such as Otto Leipzig, a peddler of information, most of it made up. George does remind him however that Otto's information about Moscow Centre, the headquarters of the KGB, was usually first-rate. George also visits Connie Sachs, Mother Russia as she was known before she retired from - or being pushed out of, she would say - the Circus. George wants her memory and she tells him of Otto Leipzig and a ginger-haired Soviet spy called Oleg Kirov, or the Ginger Pig, as Otto called him. They were university students together and unbeknown to Otto then, Kirov was already a spy shopping the more radical students to the authorities. Otto had run into Kirov in Paris struck up a friendship with him but by the time he had set Kirov up for the kill, so to speak, ... Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Mystery





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4 October 1982 (UK)  »

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What the Russian agents are saying outside of Madame Ostrakova's apartment roughly translates to "Let's go." and "Don't do anything." and finally "Sounds good." See more »


George Smiley: You know why they call Karla "The Sandman", don't you? He has a way of putting to sleep whomever gets too close to him.
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