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The murder of a Soviet defector forces his old handler, British spymaster George Smiley, out of retirement. His investigation leads to an old nemesis, the Soviet spymaster known only as Karla. This will be their final dance.
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Series cast summary:
...  George Smiley 6 episodes, 1982
...  Madame Ostrakova 4 episodes, 1982
...  Lauder Strickland 4 episodes, 1982
...  Otto Leipzig / ... 4 episodes, 1982
...  Ferguson 4 episodes, 1982
...  Toby Esterhase 3 episodes, 1982
...  Peter Guillam 3 episodes, 1982
...  Oliver Lacon 3 episodes, 1982
Tusse Silberg ...  Alexandra Ostrakova 3 episodes, 1982
Germaine Delbat ...  Madame La Pierre 3 episodes, 1982
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Called out of retirement to settle the affairs of a friend, Smiley finds his old organization, the Circus, so overwhelmed by political considerations that it doesn't want to know what happened. He begins to follow up the clues of his friends past days, discovering that the clues lead to a high person in the Russian Secret service, and a secret important enough to kill for. Smiley continues to put together the pieces a step ahead or a step behind the Russian killers. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Judi Dench was the original choice for Madame Ostrakova, but she was unable to take the role due to scheduling conflicts. See more »

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Saul Enderby: Oh, that reminds me, George. Did you twist that young fellow Mostyn's tail, by any chance?
George Smiley: Whatever do you mean?
Saul Enderby: Yes, I thought so. That's why I sacked him. Tried to sell him to the BBC, but they wouldn't have him. What's he up to now, Strickland?
Lauder Strickland: He's in retreat, sir. Joined an order of Franciscan monks near Ipswich.
Saul Enderby: Ipswich, eh? Cold bloody spot to pray.
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Follows The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) See more »

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Smiley comes out of retirement… again
29 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

"Smiley's People" is the sequel miniseries to "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" and is also based on a novel by John le Carré. In this series, George Smiley investigates the murder of a Russian general formerly passing information to the Circus which puts him on the trail of his old rival, Soviet spy master "Karla".

As with "Tinker, Tailor", Alec Guinness is perfect in a subtle performance as George Smiley. The returning performers and new performances are solid as well.

"Smiley's People" is at least up to the high standard of "Tinker, Tailor" and perhaps better. Whereas in "Tinker, Tailor" Smiley investigated within a limited circle of people and limited area, in this series the locations and characters are more varied. In this way the plot of "Smiley's People" requires more focus to understand the connections between characters, which I enjoyed.

As with "Tinker, Tailor", the style consisted mostly of Smiley conversing with people for information, so this series is also not appropriate for those looking for a fast-paced James Bond type spy thriller, but enjoyable for those looking for a deliberately paced spy film. It is worth noting the final scene, which is impressively tense and provides an interesting and appropriate conclusion.


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