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Ranald Graham obituary

16 September 2010 11:14 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Writer of TV police dramas The Sweeney and The Professionals

Ranald Graham, who has died of motor neurone disease, aged 69, made his name as a writer of the gritty television crime dramas The Sweeney and The Professionals, which were among the first series to be made entirely on film. In The Sweeney (1975-78), the two Flying Squad officers – Det Insp Jack Regan (John Thaw) and Det Sgt George Carter (Dennis Waterman) – nailed crooks by whatever means they thought necessary. Screeching car chases, punch-ups and hard drinking were par for the course in a programme noted for the violence and bad language perpetrated as much by the law enforcers as the lawbreakers.

With The Sweeney, Graham was in the company of writers of the stature of Troy Kennedy Martin, Allan Prior and Trevor Preston, but he made his own mark. His first script, for the episode Queen's Pawn, was an early »

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