In April 1980 the world watched and waited as gunmen held 26 people hostage at the Iranian Embassy in London. The siege was played out in the full glare of the world media. The final drama unfolded in front of millions of viewers, the pictures relayed live by TV cameras during peak time. After a six day standoff the SAS launched a dramatic attack on the hostage takers. To many the idea that the British Army had an elite regiment of soldiers, highly trained in specialist warfare, was regarded as a myth. The Iranian Embassy Siege was the first time that the Special Air Services were exposed to the public eye and the world press had a field day.