The Sweeney (1975–1978)

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British police TV series which revolutionized the genre on UK television in the mid-1970s starring John Thaw as a hard-edged detective in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan Police.

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 Det. Insp. Jack Regan (53 episodes, 1975-1978)
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 Det. Sgt. George Carter (53 episodes, 1975-1978)
Garfield Morgan ...
 Det. Chief Insp. Frank Haskins (45 episodes, 1975-1978)
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British police series which revolutionised the genre on UK television in the mid 1970s. Jack Regan (see also 'Regan' (1974)) played by John Thaw is a hard edged detective in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan police (called 'the Sweeney' from the Cockney rhyming slang 'Sweeney Todd' = 'Flying Squad"). He pursues villains by methods which are underhand, often illegal themselves, frequently violent and more often than not successful. The series was made on film a preserves a gritty realism inherited from such films as 'Get Carter' (1971) Written by D.Giddings <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

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A Ford Granada UAY 272S in Jupiter Red was due to be used for filming some of the episodes in Series 4. However it suffered minor bodywork damage in a collision while it was being delivered from the dealer to Euston Films, so a replacement car was used instead to avoid holding up the filming schedule. Once repaired, UAY 272S was sold second-hand; the owner remembers that it was fitted with various camera brackets on the rear parcel shelf and above the sun visors. See more »

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18 July 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was amazed recently when watching a television programme on a debate about good TV and The Sweeney was completely slated!! The content in those episodes is as fresh today as it were then and the violent feel throughout most instalments has some how become more menacing as time as moved on. You see this series is about real Brut swilling Coppers who new exactly how to wear their bell bottoms. This series was about as good as it gets and I would go as far to say that after this and The Proffesionals latter police style programmes look plain. Dated maybe but like a fine rolls Royce...never out of fashion for those who are lucky enough to see one.


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