Called out of retirement to settle the affairs of a friend, Smiley finds his old organization, the Circus, so overwhelmed by political considerations that it doesn't want to know what happened. He begins to follow up the clues of his friends past days, discovering that the clues lead to a high person in the Russian Secret service, and a secret important enough to kill for.

  1. John le Carré


Series Cast

  1. Alec Guinness

    Alec Guinness

    George Smiley

    6 Episodes

  2. Eileen Atkins

    Eileen Atkins

    Madame Ostrakova

    6 Episodes

  3. Bill Paterson

    Bill Paterson

    Lauder Strickland

    6 Episodes

  4. Bernard Hepton

    Bernard Hepton

    Toby Esterhase

    6 Episodes

  5. Anthony Bate

    Anthony Bate

    Oliver Lacon

    6 Episodes

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Last Season

Smiley's People


1982 | 6 Episodes

Season 1 of Smiley's People premiered on September 19, 1982.

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Smiley's People
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Status Ended


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Certification -

Type Miniseries

Original Language English

Runtime 50m



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