Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor, rich man, poor man, beggar-man, thief. George Smiley, the aging master spy of the Cold War and once heir apparent to Control, is brought back out of retirement to flush out a top level mole within the Circus. Smiley must travel back through his life and murky workings of the Circus to unravel the net spun by his nemesis Karla 'The Sandman' of the KGB and reveal the identity of the mole before he disappears.

  1. John Irvin


  2. John le Carré


Series Cast

  1. Michael Jayston

    Michael Jayston

    Peter Guillam

    12 Episodes

  2. George Sewell

    George Sewell


    11 Episodes

  3. Bernard Hepton

    Bernard Hepton

    Toby Esterhase

    11 Episodes

  4. Ian Richardson

    Ian Richardson

    Bill Haydon

    11 Episodes

  5. Terence Rigby

    Terence Rigby

    Roy Bland

    10 Episodes

  6. Ian Bannen

    Ian Bannen

    Jim Prideaux

    10 Episodes

  7. Michael Aldridge

    Michael Aldridge

    Percy Alleline

    10 Episodes

  8. Alexander Knox

    Alexander Knox


    9 Episodes

  9. Beryl Reid

    Beryl Reid

    Connie Sachs

    8 Episodes

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Season 1

1979 | 7 Episodes

Season 1 of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy premiered on September 10, 1979.

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Status Ended


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Type Miniseries

Original Language English


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