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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
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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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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The creator of the series - Ian Mackintosh - died suddenly under mysterious circumstances. Had it not been for his untimely passing, further episodes would have been commissioned for "The Sandbaggers." 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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The Sandbaggers Theme
Written by Roy Budd
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Great program
24 March 2005 | by yfishSee 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sandbaggers 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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