The BEST Episodes of Smiley's People

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 15, 2019

Adaptation of John Le Carré's novel, following on from the previous BBC adaptation TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY. George Smiley returns to the Game. A member of one of George Smiley's old networks seems to have caught on to something big. When he turns up dead the Circus asks George to tie up the loose ends with minimal fuss. But George Smiley does not like loose ends. Especially if they lead to the darkest recesses of the KGB - to Karla, the Sandman.

Smiley’s Lighter

#1 - Smiley’s Lighter

Season 1 - Episode 6

Smiley interrogates a diplomat by showing him a series of photographs, and in turn, closes in on the person who killed Vladimir. He is lead to the asylum, and ironically, things eventually become clearer.

star 8.31
16 votes
Directors: Simon Langton
Writers: John le Carré
Alexandra Tatiana

#2 - Alexandra Tatiana

Season 1 - Episode 5

Smiley and his co-workers read through an extremely long deathbed confession. Using an undercover name, Smiley travels to Berne to attempt to find the missing pieces of the murder mystery. Meanwhile, we are introduced to a woman in an asylum.

star 8.26
19 votes
Directors: Simon Langton
Writers: John le Carré
The General’s Big Fish

#3 - The General’s Big Fish

Season 1 - Episode 2

Smiley takes a trip to investigate his friend’s flat for clues. After finding a series of clues that lead to something bigger, Smiley interrogates a man about Vladimir’s whereabouts. And lastly, a picture of two men in bed with a woman stirs things up.

star 8.25
28 votes
Directors: Simon Langton
Writers: John le Carré
A Mother’s Assistance

#4 - A Mother’s Assistance

Season 1 - Episode 1

Once more, George Smiley is brought out of retirement to look into the murder of an old colleague.

star 7.90
31 votes
Directors: Simon Langton
Writers: John le Carré
The Rogue Elephant

#5 - The Rogue Elephant

Season 1 - Episode 4

Smiley continues his investigation, now looking for a man named Otto in a small fishing community, only to find his decaying body in his boat, and a mysterious chalk mark he’s seen before. Smiley talks to the now-perpetually afraid woman.

star 7.83
12 votes
Directors: Simon Langton
Writers: John le Carré
Gathering Friends

#6 - Gathering Friends

Season 1 - Episode 3

The investigation of Vladimir’s murder leads Smiley to interrogate his latest suspect. Smiley is told to stop investigating the case by a man on a motorcycle, and he just blows him off. Smiley’s next stop is Oxfordshire, speaking to a dying former colleague and her lover about the case.

star 7.81
21 votes
Directors: Simon Langton
Writers: John le Carré