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    • CommentAuthorratjin
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2007
    Thanks to our Secret Chief having linked to this site about SpecOps
    on a Sandbaggers fan page, I am now deeply falling in love with yet another wonderful but cancelled TV show. But this time, yes, this time, it was cancelled 27 years ago.

    It's a grand hour-long drama about the the D-Ops of SIS and his Special Section (whose members are called Sandbaggers, hence the title). But instead of an Alias-like show where 90% of the action is in the field and showing off their kung-fu and hi-tech marvels, 80% of the show is set in the halls of Westminster, with Roy Marsden's Neil Burnside meeting with person after person (his boss, his boss's boss, his ex-father-in-law, his Sandbaggers, the Ops Room) trying to manage everything that's going on. It sounds boring the way that I describe it, but I'm absolutely riveted. It's like nothing I've seen before, poor culturally-impoverished yank that I am.

    I once thought that a willingness to kill off main characters to serve the plot was a recent innovation. Now I understand that we were all just behind the times.

    If you thought that Peter Wolf's character on _The Inside_ should've been the focus of the show, you should watch this.

    Somehow. . . somehow. . . the show became available to me via a decades-old internet service the same week that Warren posted that link. Thank you, Internet Jesus, for the great wonders you bestow upon us.
      CommentAuthorJoe Paoli
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2007
    Greg Rucka has said that his comic (and the novels based on the comic) 'Queen and Country' is pretty much based on Sandbaggers. I need to track it down and watch it.
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    "Greg Rucka has said that his comic (and the novels based on the comic) 'Queen and Country' is pretty much based on Sandbaggers."

    Which I affirmed in the introduction I wrote to the first QUEEN AND COUNTRY collection.

    Q&C is really as close to a SANDBAGGERS sequel as can legally be had.

    The amusing thing to me is that Q&C's CIA head of station in London is actually the Hollywood agent that Greg and I share, Angela Cheng Caplan.

    The link above, that I shoved into my, was part of a night's research into discovering the actual order of battle in SIS -- in SANDBAGGERS, the creator (Ian Mackintosh, whom you should all google for his weird "death") lifted the basic CIA order of battle, which is simpler and more direct than SIS's structure turns out to be.

    Rumour has it that the second season of SANDBAGGERS is one episode short because certain Powers That Be had an episode pulled due to it being just that little bit too true to life.

    Brilliant, brilliant show. I believe all three series are now available on DVD in the US -- here in the UK, we finally got the third series on DVD a few months ago.
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Warren, the box set is also available in the UK now. I intend to get it as soon as I can afford it.

    Where I'm staying at at the moment has <em>Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy</em> mini-series with the fascinating Sir Alec Guinness and I'm looking forward to giving it a look.
    • CommentAuthorratjin
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2007
    Thanks for the tip on US availability. I saw a reference somewhere that made me think it was just available on VHS-ripped unauthorized DVDs (like most good really old shows, still), and gave it no further thought. Now I've got new fodder for my Amazon wishlist.
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Also, it's worth mentioning that the first series of <em>Queen & Country</em> is over, with issue #32 and Rucka is now taking a break on it for a while. No better time to jump in, I say.
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2007
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    I will have to see if I can download some Sandbaggers.
    My current fave similar series is a Canadian show Called "Intelligence". It is more about the intersection between the Vancouver drug scene and the local intelligence agencies primarily CSIS the Chinese and the CIA/DEA. Very realistic. I loved the Q&C novels. Those types of stories seem to work better as print in my opinion.
    • CommentAuthorDocJuris
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2008
    God I loved Marsden's performance as Burnisde. I almost bought a dvd set at a local store. didn't have the money, and when I went two weeks later it was gone.