The Sandbaggers (1978–1980)
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A Proper Function of Government 

When the SIS station in Vienna reports the presence of Dr. Sir Donald Hopkins, Burnside is afraid that they may have a defector on their hands. Hopkins is the chief scientific advisor ... See full summary »

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When the SIS station in Vienna reports the presence of Dr. Sir Donald Hopkins, Burnside is afraid that they may have a defector on their hands. Hopkins is the chief scientific advisor attached to the Cabinet Office and was supposed to be on his annual fishing holiday in Scotland. After much wrangling, with both the Foreign Office and his superiors, he gets permission to send in two Sandbaggers to bring Hopkins in. At the same time, the SIS learns that an East African dictator has killed a journalist accusing him of being an SIS agent, which is not correct. Burnside is keen to take action against the dictator who was responsible some years previously for the death of Sandbagger #3. Written by garykmcd

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25 September 1978 (UK)  »

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Neil Burnside: If I want to be nagged I'll get married again.
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