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Smiley’s People: A Mother’s Assistance (S1EP1 BBC Two 20 Sep 1982, Ingrid Pitt)

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A Mother’s Assistance: Once more, George Smiley is brought out of retirement to look into the murder of an old colleague.

Regular Cast: Alec Guinness (George Smiley)

Guest Cast: Curd Jürgens (The General), Eileen Atkins (Madame Ostrakova), Dudley Sutton (Oleg Kirov), Michael Gough (Mikhel), Vladek Sheybal (Otto Leipzig, The Magician), Bill Paterson (Lauder Strickland), Anthony Bate (Oliver Lacon), Michael Elphick (Detective Chief Superintendent), Ingrid Pitt (Elvira), Paul Herzberg (Villem Craven), Stephen Riddle, Harry Walker, Trevor Cooper, Renny Krupinski, Germaine Delbat, Jacques Maury, Alex Jennings, Vincent Grass, Yves Peneau, Catherine Ohotnikoff, François Clavier, André Penvern, Okon Jones, Gita Denise, Margit Rauthe, Louba Guetchikoff

Writers: John Le Carré, John Hopkins / Director: Simon Langton

Airdate: 20 Sep 1982 on BBC Two Two

Series: Smiley’s People Season 1 Episode 1

Show Info: Spy drama serial. A sequel to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy in which elderly spy George Smiley is once more called out of retirement and tackles a Soviet spy master.