ITV (ended 1980)
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The Sandbaggers was a taut British spy series comprising twenty 50-minute episodes produced by Yorkshire Television. The stories centred 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 enemy agents. It was set contemporaneously with its original broadcast in the late 1970s and early 1980s when the Cold War still dominated the Western intelligence agenda. Burnside's main operative (codenamed Sandbagger One) is Willie Caine, his most experienced agent. Burnside's main opponents in the series are not his KGB adversaries but the bureaucrats and functionaries of his own government, often his own superiors. He is constantly at odds his his Deputy Chief and occasionally with "C", the head of the Secret Service. Burnside frequently solicits unauthorised support or cooperation from the CIA's London station chief, Jeff Ross, and uses whatever methods, no matter how morally untoward, to protect his team or achieve his goal.
The series was created by writer Ian Mackintosh, a former intelligence officer.moreless