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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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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 <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

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Release Date:

2 January 1975 (UK)  »

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(53 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the "kaleidoscope" opening titles of Series 4, Regan and Carter are each seen getting out of the car, with a still image of the character while his name is displayed as a caption. However, instead of using a true freeze-frame, the actors simply stopped in the middle of the action - they can be seen wobbling slightly. In contrast, the still image of Haskins is a true freeze-frame. 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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