Smiley's People

Season 1 Episode 5

Alexandra Tatjana

Aired Unknown Oct 18, 1982 on BBC Two
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Alexandra Tatjana
Now that they know more about Kirov's role, Smiley is given the task of following the money. It takes him to Switzerland.

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  • Smiley finds the missing girl - and the full importance of her identity is slowly revealed.

    Tusse Silberg's devastating performace as Alexandra is a highlight of this brilliant episode. Slowly, yet also surely, all the various threads of Le Carre's labyrinthine plot are being drawn together and the pattern becomes ever more discernable. Michel Lonsdale - curiously billed as "Michael", despite his fame in many French films - also contributes a fine cameo as a Russian with a big story to tell. Sian Phillips returns briefly as the faithless Mrs. Smiley, who has, without fully knowing it, played such a part in these two adventures. At the centre, still and calm and missing nothing, is Alec Guinness as George Smiley - a man who now knows himself better than he did, and perhaps more then he would like.moreless
Michael Byrne

Michael Byrne

Peter Guillam

Guest Star

Bernard Hepton

Bernard Hepton

Toby Esterhase

Guest Star

Anthony Bate

Anthony Bate

Oliver Lacon

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Enderby: You're bloody forgiving these days, aren't you, George?
      Smiley: Am I? If you say so.
      Enderby: And bloody meek too.

    • Enderby: It isn't some wicked Bolshie plot, is it, George, to lure us to our ultimate destruction?
      Smiley: I'm afraid we're no longer worth the candle, Saul.

    • Lacon: If Ann had been your agent instead of your wife, you'd probably have run her pretty well.

    • Ann: You used to say they were the people who ruined England.
      Smiley: Did I? Who were they in those days? I forget.
      Ann: Most of my family, even Uncle Harry. What did they do wrong?
      Smiley: Stayed the same, I guess.

    • Smiley: So how conscious is he?
      Esterhase: Of us? George, he a Russian spy, okay? A Russian thinks the butterflies are spying on him.

  • NOTES (1)

    • 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.


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