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"The Sweeney" (1975) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1975-1978

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Release Date:
2 January 1975 (UK) See more »
British police series which revolutionised the genre on UK television in the mid 1970s. Jack Regan (see... See more »
2 nominations See more »
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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)

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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Many of the famous catchphrases used by Regan and Carter (e.g., "Get your trousers on - you're nicked" and "We're The Sweeney, son, and we haven't had our dinner yet") were the result of the programme's researchers studying the way real members of the Flying Squad ("The Sweeney") talked when off-duty in pubs near New Scotland Yard.See more »
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17 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Kipper ties and expendable Cortinas, 30 October 1999
Author: Steve Riley from UK & Germany

When it first hit the screens in the mid 70s, "The Sweeney" was the first in a line of gritty, violent British cop shows which also included such series as "The Professionals" and "Dempsey and Makepeace". "The Sweeney" was a radical departure from the comparative coziness and tranquility of long-established shows like "Z Cars" and "Dixon of Dock Green" and portrayed a London full of violent villains brandishing sawn-off shotguns, pick axe handles, sideburns and flared trousers being pursued and often violently brought to justice by John Thaw's no-nonsense Detective Inspector Jack Regan and his sidekick Detective Sergeant George Carter, played by Dennis Waterman. Punch-ups, gunfights and car wrecks abounded, Thaw and Waterman frequently getting blood and grime on their enormous, tasteless ties and winged shirt collars as they strove to uphold law and order on the funky streets of Seventies London. Sometimes they'd introduce themselves to their quarry with lines like "we're The Sweeney, son - and we haven't had our dinner yet" before piling in, fists flying, to make the arrest. Violent, politically incorrect and still great entertainment, even after all these years.

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