Sandbaggers set located
York Sandbaggers fan Adrian Banfield
has photographed the Sandbaggers building
Collingstone House, in London provided the exteriors for the
MI6 building in The Sandbaggers. It hasn't changed that much.
New windows and a re-modeled front entrance are the only real
major changes to the building.
aficionados wishing to visit Collingstone house will find it near
‘It's really pretty easy,’ explains Adrian. ‘Saville
Row is a very famous street in England and probably around the
world. Famous for tailors and gentleman shops providing expensive
suits. Saville Row in turn is a short walk from Piccadilly Circus,
another famous landmark.
‘Walk down--that is away from--Piccadilly street (past
Fortnams and Masons shop, The Royal Academy of Arts), then to
the top of Sackville Street.
‘Turn left and walk down Vigo Street a short distance
until you reach the bottom of Saville Row. Walk up Saville Row
until you reach the police station. The road directly after the
station on the left is Boyle Street.
‘Congratulations, you've reached Collingstone House.’
Piccadilly Circus is the nearest Underground station.
Remembering The Sandbaggers
‘I remember the show when it was originally broadcast back
in the late 70's, early 80's. I remembered most of the main characters
and what they all looked like, some of the plots and especially
the highpoint scenes, Laura Dickens in Special Relationship, for
example. I couldn't believe Burnside could do that do one of his
own agents. He usually makes a point of backing them to the hilt.
‘But then again I also seem to have forgotten a lot. The
other sandbaggers for instance. Certainly didn't remember Tom
Elliott. Why did the show stick in my mind? Several reasons, I
watched all of the action shows on at that time. The Sandbaggers,
though, was different. It was set in 'the real world'. How you
would imagine spying was really carried out. Not with a James
Bond character, but with ordinary blokes half scared to death.
And of course the fighting in the corridors of power.’
Credit and Kudos
Thanks to Jeff, Roy and Adrian for the legwork, information and