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Tinker Tailor 

Smiley goes to meet Jim Prideaux who is now back in Britain having survived his experience in Czechoslovakia. His testimony and that of others sheds new light on the "Testify" fiasco and source "Merlin".

Director:

John Irvin

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview:
Alec Guinness ... George Smiley
Michael Jayston ... Peter Guillam
Anthony Bate ... Sir Oliver Lacon
George Sewell ... Mendel
Ian Bannen ... Jim Prideaux
John Standing ... Sam Collins
Alexander Knox ... Control
Ian Richardson ... Bill Haydon
Mandy Cuthbert Mandy Cuthbert ... Molly Purcell
Duncan Jones Duncan Jones ... Roach
Daniel Beecher Daniel Beecher ... Spikely
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Storyline

George Smiley calls on San Collins, ex-circus spy, who was the duty officer the night Jim Prideaux was shot. He confirms the events as George understands them and that Prideaux's good friend Bill Hayden is the senior officer who took charge of the case after all hell broke loose. George subsequently meets with Prideaux to get a firsthand account of what happened during the disastrous Operation Testify in Czechoslovakia. Prideaux confirms that it was a disaster from the start and was under surveillance almost immediately from the time he arrived. While under arrest, his interrogators knew as much about the operation as he did, including the meaning of "Tinker, Tailor". Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1981 (Netherlands) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Although in the story Toby Esterhase (Bernard Hepton) is presumably junior in age to Bill Haydon (Ian Richardson), in real life Hepton was 10 years Richardson's senior, and had in fact directed the 24-year old Richardson in a critically acclaimed performance of Hamlet in the late 1950's. See more »

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[first lines]
Roach: [driving the Alvis] Please sir. How long sir?
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