The Sweeney

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The Sweeney is a 1970s British television police drama focusing on two members of the Flying Squad, a branch of the Metropolitan Police specialising in tackling armed robbery and violent crime in London. Starring John Thaw as Detective Inspector Jack... read more

The Sweeney is a 1970s British television police drama focusing on two members of the Flying Squad, a branch of the Metropolitan Police specialising in tackling armed robbery and violent crime in London. Starring John Thaw as Detective Inspector Jack Regan and Dennis Waterman as his partner, Detective Sergeant George Carter. The programme's title derives from 'Sweeney Todd', which is Cockney rhyming slang for "Flying Squad". Produced by Thames Television subsidiary Euston Films for broadcast on the ITV network. It began as a television film Regan written by Ian Kennedy Martin, brother of Troy Kennedy Martin, who wrote several episodes and also the second film. Such was its popularity in the UK that it spawned two feature film spin-offs, Sweeney! and Sweeney 2. In the early 90s repeats aired on UK GOLD but repeats currently air on ITV4

Original Release

01/02/1975

Cast

John Thaw Det. Insp. Jack Regan
Marc Zuber
Warren Mitchell
Dennis Waterman Det. Sgt. George Carter
John Alkin
Garfield Morgan Det. Chief Insp. Frank Haskins
John Alkin DS Tom Daniels
Garfield Morgan
Garfield Morgan Det. Chief Insp. Frank Haskins (credit only)
Martin Read DC Jimmy Thorpe
(see additional cast & crew)
# Title Air Date
1 Messenger of the Gods Thursday, 07 September 1978
2 Hard Men Thursday, 14 September 1978
3 Drag Act Thursday, 21 September 1978
4 Trust Red Thursday, 28 September 1978
5 Nightmare Thursday, 05 October 1978
6 Money, Money, Money Thursday, 12 October 1978
7 Bait Thursday, 19 October 1978
8 The Bigger They Are Thursday, 26 October 1978
9 Feet of Clay Thursday, 02 November 1978
10 One of Your Own Thursday, 09 November 1978
11 Hearts and Minds Thursday, 23 November 1978
12 Latin Lady Thursday, 30 November 1978
13 Victims Thursday, 14 December 1978
14 Jack or Knave Thursday, 28 December 1978
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