Friday, November 10, 2017

Show Notes Season 3 Episode 4 The Sandbaggers

*The Sandbaggers aired on ITV (United Kingdom) for 3 "series" of 7, 6, and 7 episodes each from 1978 to 1980.

*As we mention in the pod, Tubi TV (free, ad-supported) and BritBox (subscription) have all episodes available for streaming.

*"Decision by Committee" is episode 3 of series 2.

*Greg Rucka's Queen and Country comic book series, which inspired Mike to seek out Sandbaggers, ran 32 issues and was followed by several miniseries and novels.

*Click HERE for our look at the Amelia Earhart controversy as portrayed on the, er, original version of In Search Of.

*The Ops Room website devoted to The Sandbaggers is here.

*Vince Gilligan, showrunner of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, is NOT, as far as we know, Ian MacKintosh.

*The SIS (Secret Intelligence Service/MI6) was established in 1909. MI5 is the domestic intelligence unit of the U.K.

*The 60 Minutes Mike Wallace, as opposed to Sandbagger Mike Wallace, was just over 60 when this aired.

*Author Brendan Koerner (The Skies Belong to Us) identifies 1968-1972 as the "golden age" of skyjacking, with over 130 in that period alone. In 1973, new security regulations for passengers took effect and began to reduce the incidence as the decade continued.

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