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)
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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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24 March 2005 | by (new jersey) – See all my reviews

While we watched the Sandbaggers on WLIW Long Island some years ago, we were taping it. At the end of the showing, we would rewind the tape and immediately watch the entire show again. Every word spoken played a role in the intrigue. We didn't want to miss one of those words. I never even noticed that the "action" consisted of dialogue in the office or MI5. Clever wording provided all the intensity and emotion that was needed. It was one of the most fascinating television shows we had ever seen. Since we did not get in at the beginning episode (although it was run a second time on WLIW), we never did see the very first episode. Thanks to the people who publish the DVD, we can make up for that loss.


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