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The Sandbaggers 

The missions of an elite British Intelligence covert operations unit.

Creator:

Ian Mackintosh
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3   2   1  
1980   1978  

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Cast

Series cast summary:
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 Bob Sherman ...  Jeff Ross 17 episodes, 1978-1980
Alan MacNaughtan ...  Sir Geoffrey Wellingham 14 episodes, 1978-1980
Michael Cashman ...  Mike Wallace 13 episodes, 1980
Richard Vernon ...  'C' 12 episodes, 1978-1980
Elizabeth Bennett Elizabeth Bennett ...  Diane Lawler 12 episodes, 1978-1980
Terry Pearson ...  APSO 11 episodes, 1978-1980
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Storyline

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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spy | politics | espionage | See All (3) »

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Thriller

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The series has been cited as one of the more accurate in its format regarding secret Government work. See more »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

The Sandbaggers Theme
Written by Roy Budd
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Sandbaggers
17 February 2005 | by Iconsumer9See all my reviews

I completely agree with the astute reader comments. This was a brilliant show. Good 'spy' drama without gun fights and fiery explosions.

Even the British portrayal of the American agent -- slovenly, incessantly eating and talking with his mouth full, crude -- nice one Brits!

I rate this English drama show right up there with I, Claudius and Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

Just proves what the Brits and Japanese know -- riveting drama doesn't require car chases and cleavage.

Thank you London and PBS!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

ザ・サンドバッガーズ See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(20 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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