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Smiley Tracks the Mole 

The investigation begins, with Peter Guillam burgling the archives for information, while Smiley visits an old comrade whose past knowledge could prove vital to locating the spy.

Director:

John Irvin

Writers:

John le Carré (novel), Arthur Hopcraft (dramatisation)
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Alec Guinness ... George Smiley
Michael Jayston ... Peter Guillam
Anthony Bate ... Sir Oliver Lacon
Ian Richardson ... Bill Haydon
Terence Rigby ... Roy Bland
Bernard Hepton ... Toby Esterhase
Beryl Reid ... Connie Sachs
Alexander Knox ... Control
Michael Aldridge ... Percy Alleline
Frank Compton Frank Compton ... Bryant
Frank Moorey Frank Moorey ... Lauda Strickland
Jean Rimmer Jean Rimmer ... Senior Secretary
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Sewell ... Mendel
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Storyline

While Smiley checks on other former colleagues for details of what is known about the mole, his protégé Peter Guillam plays Burglar Bill by sneaking into the Circus and getting corroboration of Tarr's story and the details of Operation "Testify". Smiley also focuses on source "Merlin", a British spy in the KGB, and his "Witchcraft" material upon which the present heads of the "Circus" owe their positions. Written by Mark Treuthardt

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1981 (Netherlands) See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Although in the series Bill Haydon is ostensibly Toby Esterhaze's senior, in reality actor Bernard Hepton was older than Ian Richardson by ten years, and had in fact directed Richardson in a critically well-received performance of Hamlet in the early 1950's. See more »

Goofs

In the meeting about 20 minutes into the episode, the reflection of the boom mic is visible in the glass in the table at the end in the foreground. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
George Smiley: You must assume, Peter, the Circus has dogs on you 24 hours a day. Think of it as a foreign country.
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