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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. Michael Lonsdale as Anton Grigoriev

    Michael Lonsdale

    Anton Grigoriev

    9 Episodes

  2. Mario Adorf as Claus Kretzschmar

    Mario Adorf

    Claus Kretzschmar

    8 Episodes

  3. Vladek Sheybal as Otto Leipzig

    Vladek Sheybal

    Otto Leipzig

    8 Episodes

  4. Michael Gough as Mikhel

    Michael Gough


    8 Episodes

  5. Beryl Reid as Connie Sachs

    Beryl Reid

    Connie Sachs

    7 Episodes

  6. Alan Rickman as Mr. Brownlow

    Alan Rickman

    Mr. Brownlow

    7 Episodes

  7. Alec Guinness as George Smiley

    Alec Guinness

    George Smiley

    6 Episodes

  8. Eileen Atkins as Madame Ostrakova

    Eileen Atkins

    Madame Ostrakova

    6 Episodes

  9. Bill Paterson as Lauder Strickland

    Bill Paterson

    Lauder Strickland

    6 Episodes

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Last Season


1982 • 6 Episodes

Season 1 of Smiley's People premiered on September 20, 1982.

Smiley's Lighter

(1x6, October 25, 1982) Season Finale

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Smiley's People


Status Ended


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Type Miniseries

Original Language English


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