The Sweeney

The Sweeney

The Complete Series One and Pilot Movie "Regan"

DVD - 2010
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Britain's first hard-hitting, police-based television series delves deep into the gritty encounters of The Flying Squad (nicknamed "The Sweeney"), the elite investigation unit of London's Police Force and the seedy underworld of organized crime
Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ontario : Fremantle Media Enterprises Ltd. licensed to BFS Entertainment & Multimedia Ltd , c2010
Characteristics: 5 videodiscs (12 hrs.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Sweeney (Television program)
Other Standard Identifier: 066805309892

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MartineVK
Aug 09, 2017

I'd only recommend this if you're curious about John Thaw's or Dennis Waterman's early careers and maybe if you're into British nostalgia. Thaw of course was a well-respected actor with a great range, whereas Waterman pretty much plays the same part over and over. That said, I was actually impressed by Waterman here. I guess later on he just started "phoning it in" as they say. If you're an Inspector Morse fan, it might be fun to see how different Thaw is here, and how much of the Morse performance depended on acting, not Thaw just being himself.

If you enjoyed Life on Mars, this might be interesting, as shows like this and The Professionals were what the writers were sending up in that show.

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coryandtrevor
Jun 17, 2015

Love this series despite the dated film-making. I used to watch it on late-night TV in the 80s, and it was so good to catch-up again. Raw, unpolished typical UK policing drama, more advanced than anything else running at the same time on this side of the pond. I thought the pilot episode, Regan, was the best in this series, showing John Thaw at his testy best. (He was also brilliant as Morse and Kavanagh, of course.) A young Dennis Waterman (Minder and still appearing in New Tricks) is wonderful as Carter, Regan's DS. Give this one the once-over twice, it is worth your patience.

dilisny Oct 26, 2013

It is very of its time, yet I think it holds up. Certainly more daring than anything that was on American TV in the 1970s

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ilovewhippets
Jul 23, 2013

While I am a definite fan of John Thaw, I just couldn't sit through this series.. Probably, because it is so dated! And I just didnt care for his character here.. i much prefer his later mystery series..

insane_smurf Apr 01, 2013

contains that quintessential british quote "we're the sweeny son & we ain't had our dinner". ahhh it takes me back to being a wee child (under 10 as i was at jr school) when i swore at my dad, something i heard at school & this show just happened to be on tv at that exact moment time & he said "u must have heard that on the sweeney" so i said "yes i did" & so it was banned from our house. lol . the great brit comedy "life on mars" was based on this series. its funny watching it now that at the time thi swas considered in england to be brash, foul mouthed, too violent & sexual. everyones eating bacon butties & drinking a thermos of tea. wouldnt even be consider remotely naughty now, except for being 70's sexist & the hair & clothes (especially the buggers grips) are hilarious. love it!

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insane_smurf Apr 08, 2013

"we're the sweeny son & we ain't had our dinner".

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