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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


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
Harry Walker
Sergeant Pike:
Trevor Cooper
Attache Kuznetsov:
Renny Krupinski
Simon Langton