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 (19 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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7 November 2003 | by (Edmond, OK) – See all my reviews

If you love this show, and there's no reason why you shouldn't, don't despair that only three seasons (about 18 episodes) were made. The Sandbaggers continues in more modern-day missions in the comic book "Queen and Country," by Greg Rucka. Now there's no Burnside or Willie, but it's pure Sandbaggers. Apparently Rucka was a huge fan of the show and wanted to continue the idea of a realistic special operations unit, where paper-pushing is more prevelant than gun fights and no one -- NO ONE -- is safe. I'm pretty sure you can find the books on Amazon.


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