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Sandbaggers was real spy deal.

THE Sandbaggers was a rather exceptional television thriller series from the 1970s that starred Roy Marsden as head of a special operations section of MI6.

I wrote about it last week after a chum recalled the distinctive jazz theme music.

It was created and written by a former Royal Naval officer called Ian Mackintosh, who was rumoured to have served in British intelligence. The series came to an abrupt end when Mackintosh disappeared in mysterious circumstances when the aircraft on which he was a passenger, with two other people, disappeared off the coast of Alaska.

Old friend Stephen Dorril, Huddersfield University lecturer, author and acknowledged expert on covert intelligence, said: "The television series was highly regarded by people who wrote about intelligence.

"It was very accurate.

Someone in MI6 told me it was so accurate it actually had the colour of the carpet right in the Chief's office. It was green."

It was an excellent drama. Maybe it's time to show it again.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Apr 27, 2012
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