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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, frequently violent, and more often than not, successful.
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Series cast summary:
John Thaw ...  Det. Insp. Jack Regan 53 episodes, 1975-1978
Dennis Waterman ...  Det. Sgt. George Carter 53 episodes, 1975-1978
Garfield Morgan ...  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, frequently violent, and more often than not, successful. Written by D.Giddings <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

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UK

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English

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1974 (UK) See more »

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Deckname Sweeney See more »

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Battersea, London, England, UK See more »

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(53 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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In several episodes during the series, reference would be made to corruption within the Metropolitan Police and New Scotland Yard and in the final episode, "Jack or Knave", Regan is falsely accused of corruption, and leaves the force in disgust at his treatment. However, in 1977, at the height of the show's popularity, Commander Ken Drury, the former head of the real Flying Squad, and several other very high ranking New Scotland Yard detectives, were convicted of bribery and corruption over many years, and given lengthy jail sentences. See more »

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Put Your Trousers On - You're Nicked
7 January 2003 | by tgtroundSee all my reviews

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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