I just watched the first disk, 2 episodes, of the 1978/1980 British spy drama series “The Sandbaggers.” Five minutes in and you have no doubt that your not in Hollywood anymore because this show is actually good. Or as one critic quoted on Wikipedia said:
The Sandbaggers, television critic Rick Vanderknyff also wrote, "is many things American network television is not: talky and relatively action-free, low in fancy production values but high in plot complexity, and starring characters who aren't likable in the traditional TV way"
First what this show is not. As said above it’s not Hollywood. It has zero production value; virtually no action; no scantly clad women; no catchy theme music; no stereotypical characters. . . .
What it does have is; good writing; solid acting; good directing; believable stories; a-typical characters; political intrigue; suspense; . . . in short all the things a good spy thriller should have.
I imagine that most Americans will not like this show, thinking it to slow. However, if you liked things like “I Claudius,” or the political intrigue parts of “Ghost in the Shell” and want to see a well done spy series then this show might be for you.