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Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Seminal 1982 spy drama series. Smiley is hot on the trail leading to Karla, but must make the ultimate sacrifice - cutting off his wife Ann.

Contributors

George Smiley:
Sir Alec Guinness
Anton Grigoriev:
Michael Lonsdale
Lady Ann Smiley:
Siân Phillips
Lauder Strickland:
Bill Paterson
Otto Leipzig:
Vladek Sheybal
Peter Guillam:
Michael Byrne
Saul Enderby:
Barry Foster
Director:
Simon Langton

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Seminal spy drama series from 1982. Vladimir has two proofs, but Smiley has only found one. It was an erotic photograph of Otto Leipzig, the General's lieutenant. Show more

Contributors

George Smiley:
Sir Alec Guinness
Toby Esterhase:
Bernard Hepton
Madame Ostrakova:
Eileen Atkins
Connie Sachs:
Beryl Reid
Hilary:
Norma West
Mr Carson:
Vass Anderson
Director:
Simon Langton

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Seminal spy drama series from 1982. Smiley gets into trouble with his superiors, who want the investigation closed. But he finally encounters the woman and gets her account.

Contributors

George Smiley:
Sir Alec Guinness
Claus Kretzschmar:
Mario Adorf
Madame Ostrakova:
Eileen Atkins
Otto Leipzig:
Vladek Sheybal
Peter Guillam:
Michael Byrne
Saul Enderby:
Barry Foster
Director:
Simon Langton

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Seminal 1980s spy drama series. The final confrontation between Smiley and Karla takes place. But in this game there are no victors, only losers.

Contributors

George Smiley:
Sir Alec Guinness
Anton Grigoriev:
Michael Lonsdale
Toby Esterhase:
Bernard Hepton
Lauder Strickland:
Bill Paterson
Peter Guillam:
Michael Byrne
Mother Felicity:
Rosalie Crutchley
Director:
Simon Langton

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Seminal spy drama series from 1982. Two seemingly unconnected events summon master spy George Smiley from retirement. Show more

Contributors

George Smiley:
Sir Alec Guinness
The General:
Curd Jurgens
Detective Chief Superintendent:
Michael Elphick
Madame Ostrakova:
Eileen Atkins
Oleg Kirov:
Dudley Sutton
Otto Leipzig:
Vladek Sheybal
Lauder Strickland:
Bill Paterson
Oliver Lacon:
Anthony Bate
Villem Craven:
Paul Herzberg
Nigel Mostyn:
Stephen Riddle
Murgotroyd:
Harry Walker
Sergeant Pike:
Trevor Cooper
Attache Kuznetsov:
Renny Krupinski
Director:
Simon Langton

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Seminal spy drama series from 1982. Lacon's instructions to Smiley are specific, but Vladimir had two proofs and was bringing them with him. Show more

Contributors

George Smiley:
Sir Alec Guinness
The General:
Curd Jurgens
Madame Ostrakova:
Eileen Atkins
Otto Leipzig:
Vladek Sheybal
Oliver Lacon:
Anthony Bate
Villem Craven:
Paul Herzberg
Mr Brownlow:
Alan Rickman
Director:
Simon Langton