Smiley is hot on the trail leading to Karla, but must make the ultimate sacrifice: cutting off his wife Ann.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... George Smiley
... Anton Grigoriev
... Saul Enderby
... Lauder Strickland
... Peter Guillam
... Toby Esterhase
... Oliver Lacon
... Lady Ann Smiley
... Mother Felicity
Tusse Silberg ... Alexandra Ostrakova
... Molly Meakin
Julia McCarthy ... Millie McCraig
... Ferguson (as Andrew Bradford)
... Uncle Harry
... Oleg Kirov


George Smiley meets Sir Saul Enderby, his successor as the head of the Intelligence Service, to review the materials obtained by Otto Leipzig. The Ginger Pig, Oleg Kirov, revealed that Karla - the head of the KGB's 13th Directorate that specializes in the placing of moles into Western society - assigned him to create a legend for a young woman. He also authorized the transfer of CHF10,000 per month to the account of a Mr. Glazer in Thun, Switzerland. Enderby asks George to take charge of the investigation and he soon finds himself in Bern along with Toby Esterhase and several of the operatives from his days as Chief. They quickly conclude that Glazer is in fact a Soviet diplomat named Grigoriev who, in recent months, has considerably improved his lifestyle by moving out of the Russian diplomatic ghetto and acquiring a Mercedes. He not only only withdraws the money every month but also visit a private medical clinic weekly. Written by garykmcd

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nudity | blackmail | spy | See All (3) »


Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

18 October 1982 (UK)  »

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In the original English version, the Swiss hotel clerk speaks English with almost no accent. In contrast, in the German dubbed version he speaks with a very heavy Swiss accent. See more »


Saul Enderby: The point is, I suppose, having set up his apparatus, trained it to accept his iron rule, Karla didn't dare use it for this deal, that's your point?
George Smiley: That's my point.
Saul Enderby: Ergo, we're dealing with a bunch of ninnies, not red-toothed hoods.
George Smiley: Not ninnies, just ordinary people.
Saul Enderby: You mean hoods aren't?
George Smiley: Karla was under stress. He had to take risks.
Saul Enderby: Like bumping chaps off.
George Smiley: That was more recent.
Saul Enderby: You're bloody forgiving these days, aren't you, George?
George Smiley: Am I? If you say so.
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