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Seasons:
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Release Date:
2 January 1975 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary »
Awards:
2 nominations See more »
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(168 articles)
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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)
Garfield Morgan ... Det. Chief Insp. Frank Haskins (45 episodes, 1975-1978)
Tony Allen ... Bill the Driver / ... (40 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 (32 episodes, 1975-1976)
Marilyn Johnson (19 episodes, 1976-1978)
 
Series Art Direction by
William Alexander (46 episodes, 1975-1978)
Jack Robinson (6 episodes, 1975)
Terry Parr (1 episode, 1976)

Martin Atkinson (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Michael Morris .... makeup artist (46 episodes, 1975-1978)
Mary Sturgess .... hair stylist (27 episodes, 1976-1978)
Stephanie Kaye .... hair stylist / hairdresser (24 episodes, 1975)
Eddie Knight .... makeup artist (7 episodes, 1978)
Stephanie K. Gillott .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Production Management
Nick Gillott .... production manager (34 episodes, 1975-1976)
Laurie Greenwood .... production supervisor / production manager (19 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 (32 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)
Mike Silverlock .... boom operator (40 episodes, 1975-1978)
Ian Toynton .... dubbing editor / sound editor (27 episodes, 1975-1978)
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 (19 episodes, 1975-1978)
Chris Webb .... stunt performer (4 episodes, 1975-1978)
Rick Lester .... stunt driver (3 episodes, 1975)
Romo Gorrara .... stunt arranger (2 episodes, 1976)

Frank Henson .... vehicle stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Douglas Webb .... still photographer / stills (53 episodes, 1975-1978)
John Maskall .... camera operator (47 episodes, 1975-1978)
Mike Proudfoot .... camera operator / focus / ... (12 episodes, 1975-1978)
Robin McDonald .... focus (9 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Murphy .... wardrobe supervisor / wardrobe master / ... (52 episodes, 1975-1978)
 
Series Music Department
Harry South .... composer: title music (53 episodes, 1975-1978)
 
Series Other crew
Phyllis Townshend .... continuity (27 episodes, 1976-1978)
Stephen Pushkin .... location manager (19 episodes, 1976-1978)
Jack Quarrie .... technical consultant (14 episodes, 1978)
Marjorie Lavelly .... continuity (13 episodes, 1975)
Doreen Soan .... continuity (13 episodes, 1975)
Laurie Greenwood .... location manager (10 episodes, 1975-1976)
Lindsay Vickers .... location manager (4 episodes, 1975)
Brian Bilgorri .... location manager (3 episodes, 1978)
Eamonn Duffy .... location manager (2 episodes, 1975)
Stuart Freeman .... location manager (2 episodes, 1975)
 

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60 min (53 episodes)
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John Thaw was only 32 when the series began, although many people thought he was older.See more »
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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Put Your Trousers On - You're Nicked, 7 January 2003
Author: tgtround from England

Ian and Troy Kennedy-Martin were the brothers who revolutionised crime drama on British TV in the 1970s. While Troy was a far more political animal, Ian concentrated on commercial TV.

However, that doesn't make The Sweeney any less authentic. In fact, many ex-Flying Squad officers have commented on its authenticity, helped by the fact that the producers used to pay real policeman in used fivers as 'technical advisors'.

The Sweeney represents Scotland Yard's first proper attempt to stem the rise of violent robberies following the oil crisis and economic slump of the 1970s. It represents the time before the Police And Criminal Evidence Acts changed the face of policing for ever in Britain - a far more free-wheeling, corruption laden time.

Policing is shown as hard, tedious work where moral dilemmas must be confronted all the time and there are no sudden leaps in detection, just stress and danger.

Particularly impressive in the Sweeney are the number of times that firearms are used - this was really true in the Flying Squad - even back in the good old days...

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