Smiley gets into trouble with his superiors, who want the investigation closed. But he finally encounters the woman and gets her account.


Simon Langton


John le Carré (novel), John le Carré (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alec Guinness ... George Smiley
Mario Adorf ... Claus Kretzschmar
Vladek Sheybal ... Otto Leipzig
Eileen Atkins ... Madame Ostrakova
Michael Byrne ... Peter Guillam
Barry Foster ... Saul Enderby
Bill Paterson ... Lauder Strickland
Tusse Silberg Tusse Silberg ... Alexandra Ostrakova
Thessy Kuhls Thessy Kuhls ... Frau Kretzschmar (as Tessy Kuhls)
Lucy Fleming ... Molly Meakin
Andy Bradford ... Ferguson (as Andrew Bradford)
Carl Duering ... Walther
Jonathan Burn ... Edmonds
Guy Standeven ... British Embassy Official
Elisabeth Goebel Elisabeth Goebel ... Woman at Water Camp


George travels to West Germany to make contact with Otto Leipzig. He starts by visiting the owner of a sex club, Claus Kretchmar. A friend of Otto's for many years, Kretchmar was often used as the intermediary when the Circus wanted to get in touch with Otto. It quickly becomes obvious to Smiley that the photo the General was so excited about was taken in the night club. He also assumes there is more information, taped conversations perhaps, but Kretchmar claims to have nothing. Smiley sets off to a holiday camp to find Otto. There he sees the extent to which the Soviets will go to keep Otto's information secret. He also finds the key to the information that Otto had left behind for him. George travels to Paris to arrange for Madame Ostrakova's protection and enlists the assistance of Peter Guillam, now assigned to the Embassy. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

22 April 1984 (Netherlands) See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamburg, Germany See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Alec Guinness's character (George Smiley) tells Peter Guillam to contact a couple they know to arrange for someone to stay with them. He instructs Guillam to "Use the Phonebox" and delivers the line in the same tone of voice as Obi Wan Kenobi, clearly an inside joke to Guinness's just recently completed role. See more »


George Smiley: In my time, Peter Guillam, I've seen Whitehall skirts go up and come down again. I've listened to all the excellent argument for doing nothing, and reaped the consequent frightful harvest. I've watched people hop up and down and call it progress. I've seen good men go to the wall and the idiots get promoted with a dazzling regularity. All I'm left with is me and thirty-odd years of cold war without the option.
Peter Guillam: So what does that mean in little words?
George Smiley: It means that if a rogue elephant, to use ...
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