The murder of a Soviet defector forces his old handler, British spymaster George Smiley "Sir Alec Guinness", out of retirement. His investigation leads to an old nemesis, the Soviet spymaster known only as Karla "Sir Patrick Stewart". This will be their final dance.
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Harry Perkins, steel worker and trade unionist from Sheffield, becomes Prime Minister of the UK by a landslide, partly because of corruption and public disillusionment with the Conservative... See full summary »
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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
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Although Sandbaggers is meant to depict Britain's S.I.S., the structure of Burnside's department is modeled on the C.I.A. Directorate of Operations. See more »
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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This programme starred Roy Marsden as a MI5/MI6 Officer responsible for a small section called ' The Sandbaggers' Operatives who are tasked with doing whatever dirty work is necessary. The head of the Sandbaggers section is played by Ray Lonnen. The problem is that for most of the time Lonnen is the only person in the section !! The programme is not an action adventure,. but more a saga of internal politics. Marsden, as Neil Burnside, as the advantages of marrying the bosses daughter. Although the marriage has not worked out, they are still friends and he is able to get help when necessary. An enjoyable series, well worth seeing again, if I get the chance.
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