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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Tarr Tells His Story (S1EP2 BBC Two 17 Sep 1979, Hywel Bennett)



Tarr Tells His Story: Ricki Tarr, an active agent, recounts a tale to the spy masters that sways Smiley in favour of returning to the Circus to secretly ferret out the mole. Tarr’s tale is of The Sandmann, the KGB counterpart and nemesis of Smiley, and of his network in the Circus.

Regular Cast: Alec Guinness (George Smiley), Michael Jayston (Peter Guillam), Anthony Bate (Oliver Lacon)

Guest Cast: Hywel Bennett (Ricki Tarr), George Sewell (Mendel), Thorley Walters, Susan Kodicek, Hilary Minster, Pauline Letts, Stephen Earle

Writers: Arthur Hopcraft / Director: John Irvin

Airdate: 17 Sep 1979 on BBC Two Two

Series: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Season 1 Episode 2

Show Info: Six part spy drama serial. Ageing spy George Smiley is called out of retirement to track down a deadly double agent.