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The Sweeney – review

This is the first big-screen version of the classic 1970s cop series since the highly efficient 1978 Sweeney 2 in which John Thaw and Dennis Waterman reprised their TV roles as the boozy, violent Flying Squad Inspector Jack Regan (very obviously a British "Dirty" Harry Callahan) and his dedicated sidekick George Carter. In Love's pretty ordinary updating, Ray Winstone's overweight, fascistic Regan makes Thaw's original look like Lord Peter Wimsey, while rapper Ben Drew (alias Plan B) is a pale copy of Waterman's Carter. The plotting is weak with paid-for informants replacing any kind of investigation. There is a spectacularly staged, if ultimately absurd gunfight and chase following a bank robbery in Trafalgar Square that is superior to anything I recall from the TV series or the other theatrical spin-offs.

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A movie version of Dad's Army?

You may find the new Ben Stiller movie The Watch strangely familiar. But that's not necessarily a good thing

You might be forgiven for thinking that you've seen The Watch before. Not because Ben Stiller's character is the same uptight blowhard that he has played in everything for the past 15 years, or because Richard Ayoade is basically just Moss from The It Crowd again, or because Vince Vaughn remains content to sit back and bibble out the same directionless patter that has been his stock in trade for what seems like centuries.

No. The reason is because, once you've scraped away all the sex jokes and clanging Costco product placement, you're basically left with Dad's Army. Both are essentially stories about a group of ill-prepared middle-aged incompetents trying to escape the monotony of their day-to-day lives by fudging together a defence against an enemy they don't fully understand. With The Watch,
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Is The Watch just a movie version of Dad's Army?

You may find the new Ben Stiller movie The Watch strangely familiar. But that's not necessarily a good thing

You might be forgiven for thinking that you've seen The Watch before. Not because Ben Stiller's character is the same uptight blowhard that he has played in everything for the past 15 years, or because Richard Ayoade is basically just Moss from The It Crowd again, or because Vince Vaughn remains content to sit back and bibble out the same directionless patter that has been his stock in trade for what seems like centuries.

No. The reason is because, once you've scraped away all the sex jokes and clanging Costco product placement, you're basically left with Dad's Army. Both are essentially stories about a group of ill-prepared middle-aged incompetents trying to escape the monotony of their day-to-day lives by fudging together a defence against an enemy they don't fully understand. With The Watch,
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Frederick Treves obituary

A familiar face on stage and screen, he often played authority figures

In an acting career that lasted for well over half a century, Frederick Treves, who has died aged 86, specialised in playing men in positions of authority – senior police officers, peers, admirals, colonels and scientists. He was a tall man with a heavily jowled, amiable face, a hawk-like profile and a patrician bearing. A regular National Theatre player, he supported many television dramas, including The Regiment (1973), a BBC series set in India; Destiny, David Edgar's 1978 Play for Today; The Jewel in the Crown (1984); The Invisible Man (1984); Poirot (1991); Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1997); and The Rector's Wife (1994). In all of these disparate productions, he played a colonel.

Treves was the great-nephew of Sir Frederick Treves, the surgeon who rescued Joseph Merrick, the "Elephant Man" (he also had a role as an alderman in David Lynch's 1980 film about the case). He was born in Margate,
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Shut it: Plan B to star in new Sweeney film

The hip-hop musician says being cast as George Carter alongside Ray Winstone as Jack Regan is a dream come true

The rapper Plan B is the new Dennis Waterman. And he's delighted. The Brit award-winning pop star said his casting in the role of George Carter for the film version of The Sweeney was a "dream come true".

Plan B, real name Ben Drew, will star opposite Ray Winstone, who takes on the role of Jack Regan, the character played by the late John Thaw in the original TV series.

Director Nick Love, known for The Football Factory and The Firm, plans to start shooting the film in the autumn.

The television series The Sweeney, written by Ian Kennedy-Martin, ran from 1975 to 1978 on ITV. It retains a cult following, with the hard-boiled masculinity and political incorrectness of Waterman and Thaw's rule-bending Flying Squad police officers inspiring affection among fans.

The
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Ray Winstone Joins “The Sweeney”

For those not in the know, The Sweeney was a British police drama from the 1970′s, replacing the sometimes slightly twee and parochial style of earlier British police series such as Z-Cars and Dixon of Dock Green with something a good deal more gritty.

The original series dealt with the work of the Flying Squad branch of the Metropolitan Police (Sweeney Todd / Flying Squad – it’s a cockney rhyming slang thing) and featured Detective Inspector Regan and his assistant Detective Sergeant Carter. It was, for its time, a faced paced series with much more in the way of on-screen violence than the British television viewing public were accustomed to.

Although the original TV series did spawn a couple of theatrically released feature films (Sweeney! in 1977 and Sweeney 2 a year later), there have been rumours for a while of a fresh film version in the works. The Hollywood Reporter posted
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Winstone Targets "The Sweeney"

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Actor Ray Winstone ("Sexy Beast") has now signed on to play the lead role of Officer 'Jack Regan' in a feature film remake of the 1975 UK TV series "The Sweeney".

The original police drama, lensed entirely on film by Thames Television's Euston Films, focused on two members of the 'Flying Squad', a branch of the Metropolitan Police specializing in tackling armed robbery and violent crime in London.

The title derives from 'Sweeney Todd', which is Cockney rhyming slang for 'Flying Squad'.

The series previously spun-off the Mow films "Sweeney!" /"Sweeney 2".

Director Nick Love and series creator Ian Kennedy Martin, wrote the new screenplay, aiming for a production start by the end of the year.

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Daniel Craig Targets "The Sweeney"

Actor Daniel Craig ("Casino Royale") is being considered to play the lead role of Officer 'Jack Regan' in a feature film remake of the 1975 UK TV series "The Sweeney".

Ray Winstone ("Sexy Beast") has already been cast as Regan's sidekick 'George Carter'.

The original police drama, lensed entirely on film by Thames Television's Euston Films, focused on two members of the 'Flying Squad', a branch of the Metropolitan Police specializing in tackling armed robbery and violent crime in London.

The title derives from 'Sweeney Todd', which is Cockney rhyming slang for 'Flying Squad'.

The series previously spun-off the films "Sweeney!" /"Sweeney 2".

Director Nick Love and series creator Ian Kennedy Martin, wrote the new screenplay, aiming for a production start by the end of the year.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Sweeney"...
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