The Sandbaggers (1978–1980)
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It Couldn't Happen Here 

Burnside and the SIS face a particular problem when they learn that a senior Cabinet Minister and protégé of the Prime Minister is a spy for the KGB. Burnside's CIA friend has recently been... See full summary »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Roy Marsden ... Neil Burnside
... 'C'
... Willie Caine
... Sir Geoffrey Wellingham
... Matthew Peele
... Mike Wallace
Bob Sherman ... Jeff Ross
Jana Shelden ... Karen Milner
Elizabeth Bennett ... Diane Lawler
... Mary Herron
Norman Ettlinger ... Senator Herron
Weston Gavin ... Senator O'Shea
Tony Church ... Stratford-Baker
... Al Briscoe
John Crosse ... Newscaster
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Burnside and the SIS face a particular problem when they learn that a senior Cabinet Minister and protégé of the Prime Minister is a spy for the KGB. Burnside's CIA friend has recently been complaining about the FBI and expressed his belief that they were involved in the wave of assassinations in the US in 1960's. When Burnside realizes that the Prime Minister, who refuses to take action, already knows all of the information about the MP he broaches the subject of taking action on their own, 'for the good of the Nation'. He and Wellingham agree that this is not the British way and Burnside gives his word that he will take no action. In a parallel story, both Sandbaggers are dispatched to the USA to provide additional security at a US Senator's funeral. Willie Caine is assigned a particularly difficult Senator whose damn the torpedoes approach may cause grief. Written by garykmcd

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Thriller

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25 February 1980 (UK)  »

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The chairmen of an American congressional "House Select Committee" are referred to as Senators. ("Senator Herron" and "Senator O'Shea".) Members of a committee of the Unites States House of Representatives (as opposed to the U.S. Senate) would be Representatives, or Congressmen, and not Senators. See more »

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Sir Geoffrey Wellingham: If they prosecuted every MP who's sitting on classified papers that don't belong to him, the Commons would be empty. No, face facts, Neil. If the Prime Minister torpedoes Stratford-Baker, he goes down too. With his government.
'C': Loses everything he's worked for for most of his life.
Sir Geoffrey Wellingham: Or, until such time as the evidence is overwhelming, he can choose to disbelieve the allegations. Now what would human nature dictate?
Neil Burnside: All right. Then can I contact Stratford-Baker? Try to frighten him off?
Sir Geoffrey Wellingham: I've gone ...
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