Smiley's People

BBC Two (ended 1982)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 6

    Smiley's Lighter

    Aired 10/25/82

  • S 1 : Ep 5

    Alexandra Tatjana

    Aired 10/18/82

  • S 1 : Ep 4

    The Rogue Elephant

    Aired 10/11/82

  • S 1 : Ep 3

    Gathering Friends

    Aired 10/4/82

  • S 1 : Ep 2

    The General's Big Fish

    Aired 9/27/82

  • Cast & Crew
  • Alec Guinness

    George Smiley

  • Michael Byrne

    Peter Guillam

  • Bernard Hepton

    Toby Esterhase

  • Anthony Bate

    Oliver Lacon

  • Dudley Sutton

    Oleg Kirov

  • show Description
  • George Smiley returns to the Game. A member of one of George Smiley's old networks seems to have caught on to something big. When he turns up dead, the Circus asks George to tie up the loose ends with minimal fuss. But George Smiley does not like loose ends. Especially if they lead to the darkest recesses of the KGB - to Karla, the Sandman.

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (28)

    • Leipzig: Do you know what we would say in the camps? "Questions are never dangerous. Only the answers."

    • Vladimir: (to the reluctant truck driver) In the making of history, God uses some very strange and inappropriate creatures. You are going to be one of them.

    • Superintendent: Most people expect to be shot in the chest. A neat, round bullet that drills a tasteful hole. It's the television that does it, I suppose. Whereas your modern bullet can tear off an arm or a leg.

    • Smiley: Vladimir was one of the best agents we ever had. Strickland: Because he was yours, you mean? Smiley: Because he was good. Strickland: He was potty. Smiley: He was loyal and honourable. In a shifting world, he held fast. So, yes, he was potty.

    • Sir Oliver: The Circus is a weak child still, George. At this stage of its rebirth it could die of the common cold. If it does, your generation will not be least to blame.

    • Smiley: You haven't been talking to anyone on the other side of the business, have you? Anybody who might help get rid of a tiresome old man who's making a bore of himself? No? Well, well. I've reached an age where I'm allowed to ask, you know.

    • Mikhel: To the Bolsheviks, we exiles remain enemy number one. Anathema. Where they once destroyed our culture and our churches, where they can, they destroy us. And they are right to be afraid of us. One day, we shall defeat them.

    • Smiley: He never asked for Hector. Never his postman. Why not? That was always the procedure in the old days. Why did he cut out Hector? Mikhel: Hector was no good for him. He told me, "Our good postman Hector is like the City banks. When it rains, he takes away the umbrella."

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    Notes (3)

    • The part of Peter Guillam, one of the key roles in "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" (where Michael Jayston played him), is much smaller in this sequel. Michael Byrne now takes over the part.

    • Lauder Strickland, the officious, self-satisfied "Circus" executive, occupies an important part in this episode and the previous one. In these, he is played by Bill Paterson. In "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy", the character of Strickland appeared only very briefly and was played by a different actor, Frank Moorey - who didn't have Bill Paterson's Scottish accent.

    • Patrick Stewart only appears in one scene and doesn't utter a word, exactly like in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • This sequel to "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" finds George Smiley returning from retirement and finally achieving - but at great cost - a final victory over his KGB arch-enemy, Karla.

    By orswel, Apr 16, 2010