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One of Britain's master spies is working for the enemy. Can George Smiley beat him at his deadly game?


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 as Peter Guillam

    Michael Jayston

    Peter Guillam

    12 Episodes

  2. Bernard Hepton as Toby Esterhase

    Bernard Hepton

    Toby Esterhase

    11 Episodes

  3. George Sewell as Mendel

    George Sewell


    11 Episodes

  4. Ian Richardson as Bill Haydon

    Ian Richardson

    Bill Haydon

    11 Episodes

  5. Ian Bannen as Jim Prideaux

    Ian Bannen

    Jim Prideaux

    10 Episodes

  6. Michael Aldridge as Percy Alleline

    Michael Aldridge

    Percy Alleline

    10 Episodes

  7. Terence Rigby as Roy Bland

    Terence Rigby

    Roy Bland

    10 Episodes

  8. Alexander Knox as Control

    Alexander Knox


    9 Episodes

  9. Thorley Walters as Tufty Thessinger

    Thorley Walters

    Tufty Thessinger

    8 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 1

1979 • 7 Episodes

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

Flushing Out the Mole

(1x7, October 22, 1979) Season Finale

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Status Ended


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Type Miniseries

Original Language English


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