Exploring my DVD collection and my addiction to owning complete sets. Shows and movies I want to own on DVD, but can't....
The Sandbaggers is a ITV SPY series from 1978 - 1980, focused more on the head of a Special Operations department, rather than the work for field agents, so it's a political drama more than an action series.
Status: Not available in Australia.
Neil Burnside heads a Special Ops department in the SIS (MI6) and is in charge of 3 special field agents, codenamed "Sandbaggers." A workaholic Burnside puts everything on the line for his people, his department and, of course, his country.
Due to avoiding being an action series, it probably gets as close to reality as any spy series. This Spooks (MI-5) toned down and the clear inspiration for Greg Rucker's Queen & Country comics.
The complete 3 series box-set is available in the UK and some very expensive US editions. But in Australia... nope.