The Sandbaggers (1978–1980)

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The missions of an elite British Intelligence covert operations unit.

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Series cast summary:
Roy Marsden ...
 Neil Burnside (20 episodes, 1978-1980)
Ray Lonnen ...
 Willie Caine (20 episodes, 1978-1980)
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 Matthew Peele (18 episodes, 1978-1980)
Bob Sherman ...
 Jeff Ross (17 episodes, 1978-1980)
Alan MacNaughton ...
 Sir Geoffrey Wellingham (14 episodes, 1978-1980)
Michael Cashman ...
 Mike Wallace (13 episodes, 1980)
Richard Vernon ...
 'C' (12 episodes, 1978-1980)
Elizabeth Bennett ...
 Diane Lawler (12 episodes, 1978-1980)
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THE SANDBAGGERS is a taut British spy series comprising twenty 50-minute episodes produced by Yorkshire Television, an ITV franchise (i.e., a commercial regional British television franchise). The stories centered on the elite covert operations section of British Intelligence, nicknamed the Sandbaggers, and their boss, Neil Burnside, himself a former Sandbagger but now having to battle more with British bureaucracy than with enemy agents. It was set contemporaneously with its original broadcast in the late '70s and early '80s when the Cold War still dominated the Western intelligence agenda. Written by Ernest W. Adams <ewa@earthling.net>

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Creator Ian Mackintosh was developing the next season of Sandbaggers at the time of his disappearance. According to actor Ray Lonnen, MacKintosh was considering having the character Willie Caine promoted to D-Ops, while Neil Burnside (played by Roy Marsden) would move up to "C" (head of S.I.S.). However, after MacKintosh's (apparent) death, the producers decided to end the series because they felt no one could write Sandbaggers as well as MacKintosh. See more »

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Burnside: If I want to send an agent to the lavatory, I need the Foreign Secretary's permission. If I want him to do anything when he gets there, I need the Prime Minister's written approval!
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Brilliant and realistic
26 October 2001 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Brilliant series : well-written and well-performed. Sophisticated plots that didn't strain credulity and rarely ended up neatly resolved. The best spy/international intrigue series ever produced, in my book.


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