Smiley's People

Season 1 Episode 1

A Mother's Assistance

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Aired Unknown Sep 20, 1982 on BBC Two
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A Mother's Assistance
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When a Soviet agent makes a peculiar offer to Maria Ostrakova, an exile living in Paris, he attracts the attention of Vladimir, aka The General. Vladimir does some research in the matter and decides he needs to talk to the one man he trusts in the British Secret Service, George Smiley. But then things go horribly wrong.moreless

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Eileen Atkins

Eileen Atkins

Madame Ostrakova

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Ingrid Pitt

Ingrid Pitt

Elvira

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Anthony Bate

Anthony Bate

Oliver Lacon

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    • 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.

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