The Sandbaggers (1978–1980)

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The missions of an elite British Intelligence covert operations unit.

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Roy Marsden ...
 Neil Burnside (20 episodes, 1978-1980)
Ray Lonnen ...
 Willie Caine (20 episodes, 1978-1980)
Jerome Willis ...
 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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Although Sandbaggers is meant to depict Britain's S.I.S., the structure of Burnside's department is modeled on the C.I.A. Directorate of Operations. 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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Heroic and Inspirational
2 April 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is probably the best TV series I have ever seen.

I also accidently stumbled upon the series while watching PBS. It caught my attention and I could not quit watching. My favorite episodes are "Decision by Committee" and "Who Needs Enemies". I particularly liked Burnside's dedication to his principles and also, the dedication of his fellow Sandbaggers to him. Anyone who admires the theme of "competence versus political influence" will enjoy this series. Glad to see that all of the series is now available on DVD.


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