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Season: 1 Year: 1982

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... See more »

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  • Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations.
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  George Smiley (6 episodes, 1982)
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  Madame Ostrakova (4 episodes, 1982)
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  Lauder Strickland (4 episodes, 1982)
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  Otto Leipzig / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
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  Ferguson (4 episodes, 1982)
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  Toby Esterhase (3 episodes, 1982)
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  Peter Guillam (3 episodes, 1982)
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  Oliver Lacon (3 episodes, 1982)
Tusse Silberg ...
  Alexandra Ostrakova (3 episodes, 1982)
Germaine Delbat ...
  Madame La Pierre (3 episodes, 1982)
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  Claus Kretzschmar (2 episodes, 1982)
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  The General (2 episodes, 1982)
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  Anton Grigoriev (2 episodes, 1982)
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  Saul Enderby (2 episodes, 1982)
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  Mikhel (2 episodes, 1982)
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  Mother Felicity (2 episodes, 1982)
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  Elvira (2 episodes, 1982)
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  Oleg Kirov (2 episodes, 1982)
Paul Herzberg ...
  Villem Craven (2 episodes, 1982)
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  Molly Meakin (2 episodes, 1982)
Julia McCarthy ...
  Millie McCraig (2 episodes, 1982)
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  Sister Beatitude (2 episodes, 1982)
Jacques Maury ...
  Sergei (2 episodes, 1982)
Okon Jones ...
  Mr. Lamb / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Marion Garai ...
  Litzi Meinertzhagen (2 episodes, 1982)
Margrit Knecht ...
  Dolly Meinertzhagen (2 episodes, 1982)
Alexander Koumpan ...
  Russian Agent (2 episodes, 1982)
Alain Serres ...
  Russian Agent (2 episodes, 1982)
Vladimir Tikhomirov ...
  Russian Agent (2 episodes, 1982)
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  Stella Craven (2 episodes, 1982)
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  Connie Sachs (1 episode, 1982)
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  Hilary (1 episode, 1982)
Vass Anderson ...
  Mr. Carson (1 episode, 1982)
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  Karla (1 episode, 1982)
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  Lady Ann Smiley (1 episode, 1982)
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  Detective Chief Superintendent (1 episode, 1982)
Thessy Kuhls ...
  Frau Kretzschmar (1 episode, 1982)
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  'Blue Diamond' Waiter (1 episode, 1982)
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  Paul Skordeno (1 episode, 1982)
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  De Silsky (1 episode, 1982)
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  Walther (1 episode, 1982)
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  Mr. Brownlow (1 episode, 1982)
Stephen Riddle ...
  Nigel Mostyn (1 episode, 1982)
Nina Zuckerman ...
  Art Gallery Receptionist (1 episode, 1982)
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  Edmonds (1 episode, 1982)
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  Paris Hospital Sister (1 episode, 1982)
Robin Langford ...
  'Blue Diamond' Receptionist (1 episode, 1982)
Harry Walker ...
  Murgotroyd (1 episode, 1982)
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  Sergeant Pike (1 episode, 1982)
Jeffrey Kime ...
  Paris Ambulance Driver (1 episode, 1982)

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Smiley and Karla in the final confrontation. See more »
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Also Known As
  • John le Carré's Smiley's People (World-wide, English title)
  • La taupe (France)
  • Smileys Leute - Agent in eigener Sache (Germany)
  • Agent in eigener Sache (Germany)
  • Los hombres de Smiley (Spain)
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  • 360 min
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Trivia During its original airing on BBC television, radio DJ Terry Wogan ran a "Does anyone know what's going on?" competition on a weekly basis. This amused John le Carré greatly. See more »
Goofs When Smiley is talking to Connie Sachs, she mentions that Karla once had a mistress, upon which Smiley's eyes widen, and with an utterly surprised look, he asks "Who?" She then goes on to tell about how Karla also had a daughter from that relationship. It's highly improbable that George Smiley, who spent most of his life gathering every bit of detail about Karla, and even wrote "The Karla papers" (according to Saul Enderby) wouldn't know about such an important piece of information about his nemesis. See more »
Movie Connections Follows The Spy Who Came In from the Cold (1965). See more »
Crazy Credits The opening credits feature a set of wooden planks, on which yellow chalk marks (the secret signal used by the spies) are scrawled. See more »
Quotes Lauder Strickland: Oh dammit, George, that whole era is dead.
George Smiley: And so is Vladimir! And I wish to God we'd got half his courage and one tenth his integrity.
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