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


Simon Langton


John le Carré (novel), John le Carré (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alec Guinness ... George Smiley
Curd Jürgens ... The General
Eileen Atkins ... Madame Ostrakova
Maureen Lipman ... Stella Craven
Michael Gough ... Mikhel
Anthony Bate ... Oliver Lacon
Vladek Sheybal ... Otto Leipzig
Ingrid Pitt ... Elvira
Paul Herzberg Paul Herzberg ... Villem Craven
Okon Jones Okon Jones ... Mr. Lamb
Andy Bradford ... Ferguson (as Andrew Bradford)
Alan Rickman ... Mr. Brownlow
Jan Carey ... Paris Hospital Sister
Anna Wing Anna Wing ... Woman at Westbourne Terrace
Ken Sicklen 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) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


George Smiley: You haven't been talking to anyone on the other side of the business, have you? Anybody who might help get rid of a tiresome old man who's making a bore of himself? No? Well, well. I've reached an age where I'm allowed to ask, you know.
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