The Sandbaggers (1978–1980)
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Decision by Committee 

Willie Caine and CIA agent Karen Milner are aboard a Malaysian Airlines plane that is being held by terrorists, while Neil Burnside frantically tries to get his superiors to send in the SAS on a raid to end the hostage taking.


Michael Ferguson


Ian Mackintosh


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Marsden ... Neil Burnside
Richard Vernon ... 'C'
Ray Lonnen ... Willie Caine
Bob Sherman Bob Sherman ... Jeff Ross
Jana Shelden Jana Shelden ... Karen Milner
Alan MacNaughtan ... Sir Geoffrey Wellingham
Jerome Willis ... Matthew Peele
Michael Cashman ... Mike Wallace
Elizabeth Bennett Elizabeth Bennett ... Diane Lawler
Brian Osborne Brian Osborne ... Sam
Paul Haley ... Bruce
Andrew Lodge Andrew Lodge ... Col. Gaines
David Beale David Beale ... C.G.S.
Yashar Adem Yashar Adem ... Aziz
David Freedman David Freedman ... Kadhim


On their way home after providing security at a major international conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka Sandbagger #1 Willie Caine and CIA agent Karen Milner find themselves on an airliner hijacked by Middle East terrorists. At home Burnside wants to pull out all the stops and send in an SAS team to free the hostages but runs into unexpected obstacles. For him, the decision is simple - Caine puts his life on the line regularly and now it's necessary for the Service to do the same for him. The government however does not want to be seen as negotiating with terrorists nor do they want to face the prospects of a major operation going bad. Burnside, who has already been warned that his tendency to act without consultation will affect his prospects for promotion, none the less tries desperately to mount an operation on his own. Written by garykmcd

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11 February 1980 (UK) See more »

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