Jack Regan and George Carter are hard-edged detectives in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan Police. They pursue villains by methods which are underhanded and often illegal, frequently violent and - more often than not - successful.
A security guard is murdered during a payroll snatch. The local police force under Chief Superintendent Canning have no luck in catching the robbers and Canning is reluctant to work with Regan when ...
A hung-over Regan pulls local Lothario Lukey Sparrow for his part in the theft of thirty thousand pounds worth of mercury. The boy has an alibi - he was in bed with a married woman, but wants it kept...
Jack Regan and George Carter are hard-edged detectives in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan Police (called "the Sweeney" from the Cockney rhyming slang "Sweeney Todd" = "Flying Squad"). They pursue villains by methods which are underhanded and often illegal, frequently violent and - more often than not - successful.Written by
A Ford Granada UAY 272S in Jupiter Red was due to be used for filming some of the episodes in season four. However, it suffered minor bodywork damage in a collision while it was being delivered from the dealer to Euston Films, so a replacement car was used instead, to avoid holding up the filming schedule. Once repaired, UAY 272S was sold second-hand. The owner remembers that it was fitted with various camera brackets on the rear parcel shelf and above the sun visors. See more »
Ian and Troy Kennedy-Martin were the brothers who revolutionised crime drama on British TV in the 1970s. While Troy was a far more political animal, Ian concentrated on commercial TV.
However, that doesn't make The Sweeney any less authentic. In fact, many ex-Flying Squad officers have commented on its authenticity, helped by the fact that the producers used to pay real policeman in used fivers as 'technical advisors'.
The Sweeney represents Scotland Yard's first proper attempt to stem the rise of violent robberies following the oil crisis and economic slump of the 1970s. It represents the time before the Police And Criminal Evidence Acts changed the face of policing for ever in Britain - a far more free-wheeling, corruption laden time.
Policing is shown as hard, tedious work where moral dilemmas must be confronted all the time and there are no sudden leaps in detection, just stress and danger.
Particularly impressive in the Sweeney are the number of times that firearms are used - this was really true in the Flying Squad - even back in the good old days...
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