The Sandbaggers (1978-1980) is a British television drama series about men and women on the front lines of the Cold War. The Sandbaggers examines the effect of the espionage game on the personal and professional lives of British and American intelligence specialists. The series was produced by Yorkshire Television.
The theme music was composed by Roy Budd (Get Carter, The Wild Geese).
Neil D. Burnside, played by Roy Marsden, is Director of Operations in Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (abbreviated ‘SIS’—the organisation is also known as ‘MI6’, although that name is never uttered in the series). Burnside oversees a small, elite group of British intelligence officers nicknamed the “Sandbaggers”. This group is composed of highly trained officers whose work includes dangerous missions that tend to be politically sensitive or especially vital, such as escorting defectors across borders, carrying out assassinations (sandbagging), or rescuing other operatives who are in trouble behind the Iron Curtain.
Also appearing were Sue Holderness (Only Fools and Horses), Diane Keen, and Michael Cashman (EastEnders).
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