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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.

Series Cast

  1. Alec Guinness

    Alec Guinness

    George Smiley

    7 Episodes

  2. George Sewell

    George Sewell


    7 Episodes

  3. Terence Rigby

    Terence Rigby

    , Roy Bland

    7 Episodes

  4. Michael Jayston

    Michael Jayston

    Peter Guillam,

    7 Episodes

  5. Bernard Hepton

    Bernard Hepton

    Toby Esterhase,

    7 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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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
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Status Ended


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Certification -

Type Miniseries

Original Language English

Runtime 50m



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