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Seasons:
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Release Date:
2 January 1975 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
British police series which revolutionised the genre on UK television in the mid 1970s. Jack Regan (see... See more »
Awards:
2 nominations See more »
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(166 articles)
User Reviews:
Best slice of British TV ever! See more (18 total) »

Cast

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John Thaw ... Det. Insp. Jack Regan (53 episodes, 1975-1978)

Dennis Waterman ... Det. Sgt. George Carter (53 episodes, 1975-1978)
Tony Allen ... Bill the Driver / ... (40 episodes, 1975-1978)
Garfield Morgan ... Det. Chief Insp. Frank Haskins (37 episodes, 1975-1978)
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Series Directed by
Tom Clegg (14 episodes, 1975-1978)
Douglas Camfield (6 episodes, 1975-1978)
David Wickes (6 episodes, 1975-1978)
Terry Green (5 episodes, 1975-1978)
Mike Vardy (4 episodes, 1975-1978)
William Brayne (4 episodes, 1975-1976)
Ted Childs (2 episodes, 1975)
Jim Goddard (2 episodes, 1975)
Viktors Ritelis (2 episodes, 1975)
Christopher Menaul (2 episodes, 1976-1978)
Sid Roberson (2 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Writing credits
Ian Kennedy Martin (53 episodes, 1975-1978)
Trevor Preston (11 episodes, 1975-1978)
Roger Marshall (8 episodes, 1975-1978)
Ranald Graham (6 episodes, 1975-1978)
Troy Kennedy-Martin (6 episodes, 1975-1978)
Ted Childs (4 episodes, 1978)
Tony Hoare (3 episodes, 1976-1978)
Andrew Wilson (2 episodes, 1975-1976)
Ray Jenkins (2 episodes, 1975)
Allan Prior (2 episodes, 1975)
Richard Harris (2 episodes, 1976-1978)

Series Produced by
Ted Childs .... producer (53 episodes, 1975-1978)
Mary Morgan .... associate producer (53 episodes, 1975-1978)
Lloyd Shirley .... executive producer (53 episodes, 1975-1978)
George Taylor .... executive producer (53 episodes, 1975-1978)
 
Series Cinematography by
Dusty Miller (24 episodes, 1975-1978)
Norman G. Langley (22 episodes, 1975-1978)
Roy Pointer (6 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Film Editing by
John S. Smith (26 episodes, 1975-1978)
Chris Burt (17 episodes, 1975-1976)
Ian Toynton (9 episodes, 1975-1978)
 
Series Casting by
Lesley De Pettit (26 episodes, 1975)
Marilyn Johnson (2 episodes, 1976)
 
Series Art Direction by
William Alexander (22 episodes, 1975-1976)
Jack Robinson (6 episodes, 1975)

Martin Atkinson (unknown episodes)
Terry Parr (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Michael Morris .... makeup artist (28 episodes, 1975-1976)
Stephanie Kaye .... hair stylist / hairdresser (24 episodes, 1975)
Stephanie K. Gillott .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1975)
Mary Sturgess .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1976)

Eddie Knight .... makeup artist (unknown episodes, 1978)
 
Series Production Management
Nick Gillott .... production manager (26 episodes, 1975)
Laurie Greenwood .... production manager / production supervisor (2 episodes, 1976-1978)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Murray .... assistant director (15 episodes, 1974-1978)
Bill Westley .... assistant director (13 episodes, 1975-1976)
Derek Whitehurst .... assistant director (11 episodes, 1975)
Ray Corbett .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1975)
David Bracknell .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1976)
Eamonn Duffy .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1975)
Stuart Freeman .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1975)
Bob Wilkins .... third assistant director (2 episodes, 1978)

Christopher Newman .... third assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Roger Bowles .... assistant art director (22 episodes, 1975-1976)
Martin Atkinson .... assistant art director (6 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Sound Department
Hugh Strain .... dubbing mixer (53 episodes, 1975-1978)
Tony Dawe .... sound mixer (45 episodes, 1975-1978)
Ian Toynton .... dubbing editor / sound editor (27 episodes, 1975-1978)
Mike Silverlock .... boom operator (15 episodes, 1975-1976)
Peter Compton .... dubbing editor (12 episodes, 1975-1976)
Mike Murr .... sound editor (7 episodes, 1978)
Derek Rye .... sound mixer (7 episodes, 1978)
Clive Smith .... sound editor (6 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Stunts
Peter Brayham .... stunt arranger (18 episodes, 1975-1978)
Chris Webb .... stunt performer (4 episodes, 1975-1978)

Frank Henson .... vehicle stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
John Maskall .... camera operator (47 episodes, 1975-1978)
Douglas Webb .... still photographer (28 episodes, 1975-1976)
Mike Proudfoot .... camera operator / focus puller (7 episodes, 1975-1978)

Robin McDonald .... focus puller (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Murphy .... wardrobe supervisor / wardrobe (28 episodes, 1975-1976)
 
Series Music Department
Harry South .... composer: title music (53 episodes, 1975-1978)
 
Series Other crew
Marjorie Lavelly .... continuity (13 episodes, 1975)
Doreen Soan .... continuity (13 episodes, 1975)
Phyllis Townshend .... continuity (11 episodes, 1976-1978)
Laurie Greenwood .... location manager (5 episodes, 1975)
Lindsay Vickers .... location manager (4 episodes, 1975)
Eamonn Duffy .... location manager (2 episodes, 1975)
Stuart Freeman .... location manager (2 episodes, 1975)
Stephen Pushkin .... location manager (2 episodes, 1976)

Jack Quarrie .... technical consultant (unknown episodes)
 

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60 min (53 episodes)
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Trivia:
A red Fiat 850 Coupé car, registration UJB 92G, makes a brief Hitchcock-like appearance in many of the episodes. Usually it is parked at the side of the road as the villains or the Sweeney drive past. It is clearly identifiable from a distance because its tax disc is placed high-up on the windscreen, rather than being in the lower-left corner.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Britain's Favourite Detectives (2014) (TV)See more »

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What's the jaunty theme music of Stackpole and McGruder, the two Australian con artists?
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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Best slice of British TV ever!, 12 May 2006
Author: Callum Gee (tmbluerain@gmail.com) from Leeds, England

"The Sweeney" is one of the best, if not THE best, British Television crime drama ever made.

The scripts, directors, producers and not forgetting the actors are all of the highest calibre especially Messrs. Thaw & Waterman with their great characterisations of Regan & Carter.

"The Sweeney" portrayed the real 'Flying Squad' as it apparently was in real life, and thus caused the controversy that it did in the mid-70's. The guys didn't always catch the villains either, so it never held that fantasy element like every other series of the time.

It was the seventies equipped with flared trousers, kipper ties, dodgy hairdos and moustaches along with Ford Cortinas and all. But, it is the most entertaining hour from the seventies produced in the most hard-hitting way.

There's A Pilot feature entitled "Regan", Four glorious TV series and 2 Award-Winning Feature Films - ENJOY!!!

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