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The Sandbaggers, TV Series, 1978-1980 IMDB

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dsl SX

2013-05-25 18:35

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According to the New York Times, this was "the best spy show in TV history". According to me it was "bloody brilliant", despite ridiculous cardboard sets and obvious low budget production. Very few crash-bang-wallop moments or gimmicks - as the main character Burnside says in the first episode: "if you want James Bond, go to a library" - but set the template for so many later films and series. Spooks, for instance, is really just a flashier remake with explosions and gadgets. Easily found on DVD and lots of clips on youtube for anyone interested. Three series in 1978 (S1) and 1980 (S2&3), totalling 20 episodes. Not very car heavy - most scenes were office-based - but some location sequences, particularly in later eps.

dsl SX

2013-05-25 21:19

Planes for impdb - S1 E1 is very plane heavy and concerns the rescue of some scientists whose "Norwegian" plane has crashed in the north of "Norway". Also brief stock footage of a Jaguar flying past (not captured).

1] the crashed plane - gets blown up at the end (thankfully no scientists were hurt in the making of this episode)
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2] plane used to drop our brave lads in to "Norway" to rescue them. In working order but I think flight footage was stock, so does not leave ground for filming. Described in script as 748, and has G-BD... lettering on tail. Wiki's Hawker Siddeley HS 748 page says Avro 748 Srs 1 G-BEJD, c/n 1543 is [now] preserved by Speke Aerodrome Heritage Group at Liverpool airport.
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3] probable stock footage of a Norwegian/Scandinavian airport. I can't trace what plane was called Harald Hårfagre in 1978 - seems to have later use on Boeing 737 and 767 - nor read the ID letters here.
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S2 E2 stock footage
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S2 E3 static photo - meant to be a Malysian airlines plane hijacked to Istanbul Airport and described in dialogue as 707:
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S3 E2 - film footage, not stock. Malta airport - arrival from Heathrow
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S3 E3 - stock footage - probably different point in the same footage as S2 E2 photo above
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S3 E3 - stock footage
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S3 E4 - stock footage which looks same source as S3 E3 - was it an airshow like Farnborough??
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S3 E5 - more stock footage - same plane (but weather looks different and more like a normal airport)??
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S3 E5 - supposed to be a diplomatic plane bringing a coffin back from Czechoslovakia
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S3 E7 - stock footage - supposed to be the Malta-London flight
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-- Last edit: 2013-06-01 02:16:13

dsl SX

2013-05-26 01:11

According to DVD extras commentary, the only filming locations were UK and Malta, and Leeds in winter was used for many sequences supposed to be central Europe or behind the Iron Curtain which makes sense for a Yorkshire Television production. In S1 E2 for instance there is a sequence in "Vienna" which is introduced by this quick bit of stock footage:
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(I assume it really is Vienna - I'd laugh if someone said it's actually Berlin or Bruges or ....). So there's lots of fun ahead for strange foreign numberplates stuck on cars driving round Yorkshire.
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Also according to DVD commentary, some of the bleak countryside scenes of middle Europe were filmed around Brimham Rocks in North Yorkshire - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brimham-rocks/ . Both Leeds and Brimham are fairly convenient for the US-staffed radar base at Menwith Hill - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Menwith_Hill - which today means it's fairly common to see US spec cars in and around Harrogate (as previous comments elsewhere). I'd guess Sandbaggers production team may well have sourced similar from the area in 78-80 (particularly evident in S1).

-- Last edit: 2013-05-29 03:04:25

Gag Halfrunt UK

2013-05-26 01:20

The Vienna stock footage really is Vienna. :) It's the Staatsoper.

P.S. The BBC adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy used Glasgow for Czechoslovakia, I suppose because it was bleak and miserable enough to stand in for communist eastern Europe. :)

-- Last edit: 2013-05-26 01:24:40

dsl SX

2013-05-26 02:19

Only when it rains. If you want somewhere really bleak and miserable, try Basingstoke - you don't even need the rain.

dsl SX

2013-05-26 03:41

S1 E3. Guess the location:
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... and the Embassy car park there.
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Interesting mix of cars and plates - UK, local and local-for-export-or-temporary-visitor. Black grille 204s were sold in UK until Aug 76, so that one's possible in Leeds.

dsl SX

2013-05-27 21:29

S2E1 is supposed to be Bulgaria, but uses some footage (no vehicles) shot at Birmingham University halls of residence complex, also used for the Olympic village in International Velvet - no imcdb entry but http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077743/?ref_=sr_1 - where I was an extra as a very background track-suited athlete, and fetched Tatum O'Neal a cup of coffee between takes.

S2E2 mainly set in "Brussels" and a "Belgian" farmhouse. Some Brussels stock footage for Sir Admin:
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(a Bedford TK on left, yellow Kadett City, .....)

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yellow Bagheera on right?

"Belgian" farmhouse looks very Englandshire with pretty balsa wood shutters ....
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but my knowledge of Belgian farmhouses is limited. Very very limited - in fact it may be truer to say it's nil.

S2E5 has segment in "Washington DC" but it's a very snowy Birmingham University again:
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-- Last edit: 2013-05-29 02:01:44

antp BE

2013-05-28 17:34

The traffic shot is most likely in one of the boulevards with tunnels on the east of the centre.
I do not know about the tram shot and the hilton building, that probably has changed.
The little church looks familiar but I can't find where it is :think:

dsl SX

2013-05-28 18:45

First entries for IMShirtPriceIndexDB - S2 ep 6, London 1980:
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ingo DE

2013-05-29 12:23

dsl wrote
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yellow Bagheera on right?


ingo DE

2013-05-29 12:24

Skoda 100 on the left http://pics.imcdb.org/10314/s2e244-10brussels.jpg

antp BE

2013-05-30 16:08

antp wrote
The little church looks familiar but I can't find where it is :think:

Identified by chicomarx on /vehicle_600814-Morgan-Plus-8-1971.html :

Link to "www.google.com"

-- Last edit: 2013-05-30 16:08:59

dsl SX

2013-06-01 13:27

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S3 ep6 after 13-27: general view of Whitehall forecourt - several individual pages taken from this sequence, and this view was put up as a page in case anyone wanted anything else interesting (eg the Dyane or the Daf estate in far right edge) but abandoned as no better shots possible of the remaining cars.

sixcyl FR

2013-06-02 19:12

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