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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4
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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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 (7 episodes, 1976-1978)
 
Series Art Direction by
William Alexander (37 episodes, 1975-1978)
Jack Robinson (6 episodes, 1975)
Terry Parr (1 episode, 1976)

Martin Atkinson (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Michael Morris .... makeup artist (40 episodes, 1975-1978)
Stephanie Kaye .... hair stylist / hairdresser (24 episodes, 1975)
Mary Sturgess .... hair stylist (14 episodes, 1976-1978)
Stephanie K. Gillott .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1975)

Eddie Knight .... makeup artist (unknown episodes, 1978)
 
Series Production Management
Nick Gillott .... production manager (34 episodes, 1975-1976)
Laurie Greenwood .... production manager / production supervisor (6 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 (31 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
John Maskall .... camera operator (47 episodes, 1975-1978)
Douglas Webb .... still photographer / stills (40 episodes, 1975-1978)
Mike Proudfoot .... camera operator / focus puller (7 episodes, 1975-1978)
Robin McDonald .... focus (1 episode, 1978)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Murphy .... wardrobe supervisor / wardrobe / ... (39 episodes, 1975-1978)
 
Series Music Department
Harry South .... composer: title music (53 episodes, 1975-1978)
 
Series Other crew
Phyllis Townshend .... continuity (20 episodes, 1976-1978)
Marjorie Lavelly .... continuity (13 episodes, 1975)
Doreen Soan .... continuity (13 episodes, 1975)
Laurie Greenwood .... location manager (10 episodes, 1975-1976)
Stephen Pushkin .... location manager (9 episodes, 1976-1978)
Lindsay Vickers .... location manager (4 episodes, 1975)
Eamonn Duffy .... location manager (2 episodes, 1975)
Stuart Freeman .... location manager (2 episodes, 1975)
Jack Quarrie .... technical consultant (1 episode, 1978)
 

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60 min (53 episodes)
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Trivia:
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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Featured in The Real 'Life on Mars'! (2008) (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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15 out of 15 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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