Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (TV Mini-Series 1979)

TV Mini-Series   |  TV-14   |    |  Drama, Thriller

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In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced out of semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet Agent within MI6's echelons.

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Did You Know?


The Star Trek universe has three connections to this mini-series. First, Sir Patrick Stewart, who played Karla, played Captain Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). Second, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) had a recurring character named Garak, who was a tailor and a spy and often made witty comments about his professions which resembled observations made in various John le Carré writings. Third, another production was Star Trek: Voyager (1995) season six, episode four, "Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy".


Bill Haydon: I still believe the secret services are the only real expression of a nation's character.


Jim Prideaux goes off on his abortive mission to Czechoslovakia at the end of March. Following this scene is a strap-line that says "six months later". That should put the continuing action at the end of September. However we see snow on the roads, and Roddy Martindale saying to George Smiley in the restaurant "... I do hope you're not going to tip him. It's a guinea at Christmas".

Crazy Credits

The opening credits show a set of Russian matryoshka dolls. One doll opens up to reveal a doll more irate than the other one, and the final doll is seen as being faceless. This was inspired by a line at the end of the "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" novel: "Smiley settled on a picture of one of those little Russian dolls that open up to reveal one inside the other, and another inside him. Of all men living, only Karla had seen the last little doll inside..."

Alternate Versions

The American DVD edition is a syndicated edit comprised of six episodes instead of seven.


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Composed by
Geoffrey Burgon
Sung by Paul Phoenix and the Boys of the St Paul's Cathedral Choir


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