Don't Call Us
The Sandbaggers really did have someone's
number explains Sherri Fillingham.
The Sandbaggers sure seems authentic. Was it ever a little too
Ray Lonnen told attendees of the Sandbagger One convention that
Season 2 of the series has only six episodes — not seven
like the other two seasons — because one script was disallowed
under the UK’s Official Secrets Act.
It’ll be difficult to find out why; but in the meantime,
fan Jeanne DeVore has come across an account of how the series
really did manage to annoy the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
A Box of Delights is 'a fun book all about British television,'
The book explains a change in the Sandbaggers title sequence
between the first and second seasons.
In a brief shot early on in the title sequence, the camera pans
up to focus in on a telephone on a desk.
A telephone number is printed on that phone. 'In the first season,
the telephone had the number 233-3000,' Jeanne says. 'It turns
out, according to the book, that this number was the actual number
for the Foreign Office, and they got a tad miffed about having
their phone number broadcast each week.' The shot was replaced
for the second season. The camera still pans up and focuses in
on a telephone — but the telephone number is different.