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)
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 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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The name "The Sweeney" is Cockney rhyming slang for "Flying Squad": "Sweeney" is short for "Sweeney Todd" which rhymes with "Flying Squad." The Flying Squad is a division of the Metropolitan Police ('the Met' polices Greater London, but not 'The City of London', which has its own force - the only force in the UK to have 'gold' insignia). It deals with serious organized crime such as bank robberies and armed sieges. See more »

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19 May 2005 | by (uk) – See all my reviews

Don your kipper tie and bell bottoms, chug yer glass of scotch and screech off in yer Mk1 Granada (ok, consul GT) and take a trip back to the '70s. This series was Brilliant.

and the actual catchphrase is "we're the sweeney, son, and we haven't had any dinner." NOT "we haven't had out dinner yet." it's in the episode "ringer" with Ian Hendry and Brian "shouty bloke" Blessed.

John Thaw was born to play this role, I could not fault his performance at all;

I did start to wonder if a remake would be a good idea, but no, they don't make granadas any more. wouldn't be the same with a mondeo.


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