The final confrontation between Smiley and Karla takes place. But in this game there are no victors, only losers.


Simon Langton


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


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Episode complete credited cast:
Alec Guinness ... George Smiley
Michael Lonsdale ... Anton Grigoriev
Bernard Hepton ... Toby Esterhase
Rosalie Crutchley ... Mother Felicity
Michael Byrne ... Peter Guillam
Bill Paterson ... Lauder Strickland
Patrick Stewart ... Karla
Tusse Silberg Tusse Silberg ... Alexandra Ostrakova
Lucinda Curtis ... Sister Beatitude
Joe Praml ... Paul Skordeno
Eugene Lipinski ... De Silsky
Julia McCarthy Julia McCarthy ... Millie McCraig
Marion Garai Marion Garai ... Litzi Meinertzhagen
Margrit Knecht Margrit Knecht ... Dolly Meinertzhagen
Roswitha Dost Roswitha Dost ... Sanitorium Nurse


In Bern, Smiley begins his interrogation of the hapless Soviet diplomat, Grogoriev, who proves to be a most willing informant, particularly when they threaten to reveal photos of him kissing the pretty Russian consular clerk to his dragon of a wife. He reveals how he first came into contact with Karla while attending a trade conference in Moscow. He pays the monthly clinic costs out of the money he withdraws from the bank and sends weekly reports to Karla via the Embassy courier on the girl's appearance, her manner and her attitude. He assumed the girl was Karla's daughter, but isn't sure. Knowing that he has finally found Karla's weak point, George Smiley sends him a letter with a proposition that, George hopes, Karla will find impossible to refuse. On the appointed night, George, Peter Guillam and Toby Esterhase with his team wait patiently at the East/West checkpoint in West Berlin to see if their plan has worked. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Mystery







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27 October 1982 (UK) See more »

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The conclusion of the series supposedly takes place on the Oberbaumbrücke in Berlin, one of the East-West checkpoints, yet it features the Lady Bay Bridge in Nottingham, UK. The filmmakers chose the bridge in the UK due to its similarity to the bridge and dressed it to resemble the German bridge as closely as possible. This is explained on the DVD production notes as a financial decision. See more »


George Smiley: [Writing to Karla] The young woman known as Alexandra Borisovna Ostrakova is your daughter. You arranged for her illegal departure from Russia by pretending she was a secret agent of the Thirteenth Directorate. You stole public money and misused the resources of your service. You caused the murders of two men, the first in England and the second in West Germany. I do not ask what you did to the wretched Oleg Kirov. Any one of these offences would be enough to ensure your death at the hands of ...
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