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Jack Regan is a hard edged detective in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan Police. He pursues villains by methods which are underhanded and often illegal themselves, frequently violent and more often than not successful.
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...  Det. Insp. Jack Regan 53 episodes, 1975-1978
...  Det. Sgt. George Carter 53 episodes, 1975-1978
...  Det. Chief Insp. Frank Haskins 45 episodes, 1975-1978
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Jack Regan is a hard edged detective in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan Police (called 'the Sweeney' from the Cockney rhyming slang 'Sweeney Todd' = 'Flying Squad'). He pursues villains by methods which are underhanded and often illegal themselves, frequently violent and more often than not successful. Written by D.Giddings <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

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A red Fiat 850 Coupé car, registration UJB 92G, makes a brief Hitchcock-like appearance in many of the episodes. Usually it is parked at the side of the road, as the villains, or the Sweeney drive past. It is clearly identifiable from a distance, because its tax disc is placed high-up on the windshield, rather than being in the lower-left corner. See more »

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Kipper ties and expendable Cortinas
30 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

When it first hit the screens in the mid 70s, "The Sweeney" was the first in a line of gritty, violent British cop shows which also included such series as "The Professionals" and "Dempsey and Makepeace". "The Sweeney" was a radical departure from the comparative coziness and tranquility of long-established shows like "Z Cars" and "Dixon of Dock Green" and portrayed a London full of violent villains brandishing sawn-off shotguns, pick axe handles, sideburns and flared trousers being pursued and often violently brought to justice by John Thaw's no-nonsense Detective Inspector Jack Regan and his sidekick Detective Sergeant George Carter, played by Dennis Waterman. Punch-ups, gunfights and car wrecks abounded, Thaw and Waterman frequently getting blood and grime on their enormous, tasteless ties and winged shirt collars as they strove to uphold law and order on the funky streets of Seventies London. Sometimes they'd introduce themselves to their quarry with lines like "we're The Sweeney, son - and we haven't had our dinner yet" before piling in, fists flying, to make the arrest. Violent, politically incorrect and still great entertainment, even after all these years.


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