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Release Date:
2 January 1975 (UK) See more »
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 »
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
TV genius -- one of those shows that becomes part of your DNA. See more (19 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 47)

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)

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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In occasional episodes, during the series reference would be made to corruption within the Met Police and Scotland Yard. Indeed, in the final episode, Jack Or Knave, Regan is accused (falsely) of corruption and leaves the force in disgust at his treatment. However, in 1977, at the height of the shows popularity, Commander Ken Drury ,the former head of the real Flying Squad and several other very high ranking Scotland Yard detectives were convicted of bribery and corruption over many years and given lengthy jail sentences.See more »
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20 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
TV genius -- one of those shows that becomes part of your DNA., 4 November 2005
Author: Peter Hayes from United Kingdom

The rough, tough and downright dirty world of New Scotland Yard's heavy mob - The Sweeney.

So-called because the Cockney rhyming slang for Flying Squad is The Sweeney (Sweeney Todd -- famous murderous London barber -- Flying Squad). The term "flying" because they came on the scene quickly after bank robberies or other "serious" crimes.

It doesn't get much better than this. It really doesn't. Around 1975 we didn't have video recorders so you made sure that you were sat down with your coffee for the ITV 9pm showing! The show's genus is in the acting and script -- as well as the real locations of South London. Tatty high rises, breakers yards (ideal for fighting!), smoky clubs/pubs and "the factory" the office that they worked from with its grey walls, round dial phones and worn out office equipment.

(This was actually modelled on the real Flying Squad office!)

Occasionally this would contrast with the middle class splendour of the super villain or mastermind who planned the central crime like a chess game.

John Thaw (as Jack Regan) was a genius of an actor, but always a tough guy at heart. Even when he put on a posh accent. In his younger days he was a bit of a bully and a tearaway, being a kind of "king of the teds" character. How he ever got in to acting is a long and unlikely story.

(I won't bore you with it.)

Dennis Waterman (as George Carter) was originally going to be only an occasional character and the whole show was going to focus on Regan - but the writers noticed that they made a team and the script was changed. The final line in the triangle was the (mostly) office bound Garfield Morgan (as Chief Insp. Frank Haskins) ) who was the voice of the reason that generally wanted "to go by the book."

(Regan never wanted to go by the book -- he "wanted results" any way he could get them!)

As the series progressed it got more adventurous and sometimes things went badly wrong. There was sometimes odd-ball comedy episodes. Unlike any other cop show before or since it was suggested that some of the criminals were behind bars for things they didn't do -- and the methods of Regan himself were bound to get him in to serious trouble (with the "brass") sooner rather than later.

Naturally The Sweeney did have its limits. Regan rarely was on the wrong track (even when evidence pointed another way - he always "had a hunch") and rarely did the cons lay down their weapons readily. Which I am sure they would in real life -- especially when the police had attack dogs and guns. It wasn't a show that was in full flight from a cheap thrill.

This show went all around Europe (I saw one episode in Spanish) but I doubt it would do well in America. Too sour and not enough happy endings.Happy memories which were not bountiful in the 1970's.

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