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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Series cast summary:
 Det. Insp. Jack Regan (53 episodes, 1975-1978)
 Det. Sgt. George Carter (53 episodes, 1975-1978)
Garfield Morgan ...
 Det. Chief Insp. Frank Haskins (45 episodes, 1975-1978)


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 <>

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2 January 1975 (UK)  »

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(53 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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In occasional episodes, during the series reference would be made to corruption within the Met Police and Scotland Yard. Indeed, in the final episode, Jack Or Knave, Regan is accused (falsely) of corruption and leaves the force in disgust at his treatment. However, in 1977, at the height of the shows popularity, Commander Ken Drury ,the former head of the real Flying Squad and several other very high ranking Scotland Yard detectives were convicted of bribery and corruption over many years and given lengthy jail sentences. See more »


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"Get Your Trousers On-Your Nicked!"
3 May 2003 | by (England) – See all my reviews

"Get Your Trousers On-Your Nicked!", was the quote from this highly popular series which ran from the 70's to the early 80's.

The late great John Thaw played Detective Inspector Jack Regan and was joined by Dennis Waterman as Detective Sergeant George Carter, they were both detectives for New Scotland Yard.

Don't look for too much character development in this show. It's all about car chases, fights, gunshots and the like. It was the perfect show for testosterone driven males like myself who were only interested in action. D.I. Regan and D.S. Carter were two tough sons of guns-they engaged in fistfights routinely and couldn't stop drinking. They took absolutely no notice of the rulebook and did whatever they pleased.

The 70's were a great time for action shows and this a fantastic show, well worth a serious look.

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