Smiley is hot on the trail leading to Karla, but must make the ultimate sacrifice: cutting off his wife Ann.


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
Michael Lonsdale ... Anton Grigoriev
Barry Foster ... Saul Enderby
Bill Paterson ... Lauder Strickland
Michael Byrne ... Peter Guillam
Bernard Hepton ... Toby Esterhase
Anthony Bate ... Oliver Lacon
Siân Phillips ... Lady Ann Smiley
Rosalie Crutchley ... Mother Felicity
Tusse Silberg Tusse Silberg ... Alexandra Ostrakova
Lucy Fleming ... Molly Meakin
Julia McCarthy Julia McCarthy ... Millie McCraig
Andy Bradford ... Ferguson (as Andrew Bradford)
Richard Leech ... Uncle Harry
Dudley Sutton ... Oleg Kirov


George Smiley meets Sir Saul Enderby, his successor as the head of the Intelligence Service, to review the materials obtained by Otto Leipzig. The Ginger Pig, Oleg Kirov, revealed that Karla - the head of the KGB's 13th Directorate that specializes in the placing of moles into Western society - assigned him to create a legend for a young woman. He also authorized the transfer of CHF10,000 per month to the account of a Mr. Glazer in Thun, Switzerland. Enderby asks George to take charge of the investigation and he soon finds himself in Bern along with Toby Esterhase and several of the operatives from his days as Chief. They quickly conclude that Glazer is in fact a Soviet diplomat named Grigoriev who, in recent months, has considerably improved his lifestyle by moving out of the Russian diplomatic ghetto and acquiring a Mercedes. He not only only withdraws the money every month but also visit a private medical clinic weekly. Written by garykmcd

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nudity | blackmail | spy | See All (3) »


Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

29 April 1984 (Netherlands) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the original English version, the Swiss hotel clerk speaks English with almost no accent. In contrast, in the German dubbed version he speaks with a very heavy Swiss accent. See more »


George Smiley: [on Grigoriev] So, how conscious is he?
Toby Esterhase: George, he's Russian, OK? The Russians think the butterflies are spying on them.
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