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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

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