Ground-breaking British police drama series following the exploits of the Special Branch of the Metropolitan Police. An elite group of officers tasked with protecting London from spies, terrorists and subversives.
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 Det. Chief Insp. Jordan (27 episodes, 1969-1970)
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 Det. Chief Insp. Alan Craven / ... (26 episodes, 1973-1974)
Morris Perry ...
 Charles Moxon (21 episodes, 1969-1970)
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 Det. Chief Supt. Inman / ... (18 episodes, 1969-1970)
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 Det. Chief Insp. Tom Haggerty / ... (16 episodes, 1973-1974)
Roger Rowland ...
 Det. Sgt. Bill North / ... (15 episodes, 1969-1974)
Keith Washington ...
 Det. Con. Morrissey / ... (14 episodes, 1969-1970)
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 Strand (11 episodes, 1974)
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Ground-breaking British police drama series following the exploits of the Special Branch of the Metropolitan Police. An elite group of officers tasked with protecting London from spies, terrorists and subversives.

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17 September 1969 (UK)  »

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Brigada especial  »

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(53 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The first nine episodes of Season 1 were made in black and white, and used a different titles/credits sequence compared with the later colour episodes in this season; even for the colour episodes, the introductory Thames caption (the iconic London skyline and river montage) was in black and white. See more »

Crazy Credits

The credit lists for many episode in Season 3 only listed the character names for the main characters; a lot of minor parts were listed as actor names with no corresponding character names. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Man About the House: It's Only Money (1973) See more »

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before 'the sweeney' there was...'special branch'!
21 October 2002 | by (manchester, england) – See all my reviews

this was an above average and entertaining brit telly cop series which i used to enjoy watching way back in the 70s when i was a kid. it was made by the now defunct euston films who were later also responsible for 'the sweeney' and 'minder' which was also quite enjoyable apart from dennis waterman's dreadful singing. each episode revolved around some kind of elite police unit who would normally encounter the usual suspects i.e. terroists, blackmailers, extortionists and lonely housewives. george sewell and patcho mower played the main leads akin to regan and carter who'd normally end each show with an obligatory, violent shoot out against the baddies that would normally be set in a remote area for budget constraints. come on people! let's see the video/dvd release!


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