History Series / TheSweeney

6th Feb '16 8:04:54 AM DeepRed
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British television cop shows had been undergoing a steady evolution from the light-hearted ''Series/DixonOfDockGreen'' to the relatively gritty ''Series/ZCars''. ''The Sweeney'' took this to the next level, with an unprecedented level of violence, cynicism, and bad language (albeit that it was still PG-rated; "bastard" was as bad as it got)[[note]] thery were allowed one "fucking", though. It was used to [[PrecisionFStrike effect]].[[/note]]. There was at least one car chase, fist fight or gunfight per episode. Unlike most British policemen, Regan and Carter were often armed, but the squad frequently took down criminal gangs in brutal hand-to-hand battles fought with pick-axe handles, iron bars, fists and boots. Unlike the almost-contemporary ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'' the violent action did not have a ''Film/JamesBond''-movie feel to it, being instead down-and-dirty, and sometimes quite shocking. Gunfire was seldom [[OnlyAFleshWound non-lethal]] and people who got hurt stayed hurt. If a car crashed and burned, the people inside didn't climb out as in ''Series/TheATeam'', either!
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British television cop shows had been undergoing a steady evolution from the light-hearted ''Series/DixonOfDockGreen'' to the relatively gritty ''Series/ZCars''. ''The Sweeney'' took this to the next level, with an unprecedented level of violence, cynicism, and bad language (albeit that it was still PG-rated; "bastard" was as bad as it got)[[note]] thery were allowed one "fucking", though. It was used to [[PrecisionFStrike effect]].[[/note]]. There was at least one car chase, fist fight or gunfight per episode. Unlike most British policemen, Regan and Carter were often armed, but the squad frequently took down criminal gangs in [[GoodOldFisticuffs brutal hand-to-hand battles battles]] fought with [[ImprovisedWeapon pick-axe handles, iron bars, bars]], fists and boots. Unlike the almost-contemporary ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'' the violent action did not have a ''Film/JamesBond''-movie feel to it, being instead down-and-dirty, and sometimes quite shocking. Gunfire was seldom [[OnlyAFleshWound non-lethal]] and people who got hurt stayed hurt. If a car [[EveryCarIsAPinto crashed and burned, burned]], the people inside didn't climb out as in ''Series/TheATeam'', either!

A [[Film/TheSweeney movie adaptation of the show]] has been released in 2012.
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A [[Film/TheSweeney movie adaptation of the show]] has been was released in 2012.

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A [[Film/TheSweeney movie adaptation of * PlayingGertrude: Although John Thaw was only 32 when the show]] has been released in 2012. show premiered, his character Regan was well into his forties.
6th Jan '16 10:19:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Homage}}: London band ''{{Squeeze}}'' homaged this show in the song ''Cool for Cats'';
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* {{Homage}}: London band ''{{Squeeze}}'' ''Music/{{Squeeze}}'' homaged this show in the song ''Cool for Cats'';
16th Mar '15 11:59:01 AM AgProv
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British television cop shows had been undergoing a steady evolution from the light-hearted ''Series/DixonOfDockGreen'' to the relatively gritty ''Series/ZCars''. ''The Sweeney'' took this to the next level, with an unprecedented level of violence, cynicism, and bad language (albeit that it was still PG-rated; "bastard" was as bad as it got). There was at least one car chase, fist fight or gunfight per episode. Unlike most British policemen, Regan and Carter were often armed, but the squad frequently took down criminal gangs in brutal hand-to-hand battles fought with pick-axe handles, iron bars, fists and boots. Unlike the almost-contemporary ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'' the violent action did not have a ''Film/JamesBond''-movie feel to it, being instead down-and-dirty, and sometimes quite shocking. Gunfire was seldom [[OnlyAFleshWound non-lethal]] and people who got hurt stayed hurt. If a car crashed and burned, the people inside didn't climb out as in ''Series/TheATeam'', either!
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British television cop shows had been undergoing a steady evolution from the light-hearted ''Series/DixonOfDockGreen'' to the relatively gritty ''Series/ZCars''. ''The Sweeney'' took this to the next level, with an unprecedented level of violence, cynicism, and bad language (albeit that it was still PG-rated; "bastard" was as bad as it got).got)[[note]] thery were allowed one "fucking", though. It was used to [[PrecisionFStrike effect]].[[/note]]. There was at least one car chase, fist fight or gunfight per episode. Unlike most British policemen, Regan and Carter were often armed, but the squad frequently took down criminal gangs in brutal hand-to-hand battles fought with pick-axe handles, iron bars, fists and boots. Unlike the almost-contemporary ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'' the violent action did not have a ''Film/JamesBond''-movie feel to it, being instead down-and-dirty, and sometimes quite shocking. Gunfire was seldom [[OnlyAFleshWound non-lethal]] and people who got hurt stayed hurt. If a car crashed and burned, the people inside didn't climb out as in ''Series/TheATeam'', either!
16th Mar '15 11:56:09 AM AgProv
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* {{Homage}}: London band ''{{Squeeze}}'' homaged this show in the song ''cool for Cats'';
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* {{Homage}}: London band ''{{Squeeze}}'' homaged this show in the song ''cool ''Cool for Cats'';

-->It's funny how their missus' always look the bleeding same!
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-->It's funny how their missus' missus always look looks the bleeding same!
16th Mar '15 11:55:21 AM AgProv
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Tribute to the show
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* {{Homage}}: London band ''{{Squeeze}}'' homaged this show in the song ''cool for Cats''; --> The Sweeney's doing ninety 'cos they've got the word to go; -->They get a gang of villains in a shed up at Heathrow; -->They're counting out the fivers, when the handcuffs lock again; -->In and out of Wandsworth with the numbers on their names' -->It's funny how their missus' always look the bleeding same! -->And meanwhile at the station, there's a couple of likely lads; -->Who swear like how's your father, and they're very cool for cats...
16th Mar '15 11:43:19 AM AgProv
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In and out of Wandsworth with a number not a name....
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* ReadingYourRights: What rights? --> ''' You're fucking NICKED, matey!"'''
4th Jan '15 6:49:17 PM nombretomado
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* SpecialGuest: MorecambeAndWise. (John Thaw and Dennis Waterman found it hard to keep a straight face around them; they also did a spoof of ''The Sweeney'' on their sketch programme.)
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* SpecialGuest: MorecambeAndWise.Creator/MorecambeAndWise. (John Thaw and Dennis Waterman found it hard to keep a straight face around them; they also did a spoof of ''The Sweeney'' on their sketch programme.)
21st Jan '14 11:00:13 PM PaulA
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* ArmedBlag: A common source of plots (unsurprisingly, since armed robberies were what the Flying Squad specialised in in real life).

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* CatholicSchoolGirlsRule: DS Carter makes some lurid comments about the attractiveness of girls in school uniforms in "Taste of Fear". On another occasion Jack Regan is meeting an informant in the park when a couple of schoolgirls walk by and one of them [[PantyShot bends over to pick something up]]. Seeing Regan's distraction, the informant quips: "I could be arrested for doing what you're thinking!"

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* DisguisedInDrag: In one episode a character played by Warren Mitchell (better known for ''Series/TillDeathUsDoPart'') escapes from villains by dressing up in his girlfriend's clothes and a wig. Regan and Carter turn up. "Ooh Mr Wardle, you do look nice!" * EndingTheme: A slower and mellower version of the opening theme was used on the end credits, accompanying images of Carter and Regan packing up their stuff and going home for the night.

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* LondonGangster: Several of the villains.

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* {{Oireland}}: The series gains a touch of the Oirish in an episode involving TheTroubles.

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* PunctuatedForEmphasis: In the episode "Thin Ice": "That's. Not. My. Dog!"

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* SmokingIsCool: As modelled by both the leads.

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* BigDamnMovie: The 1977 movie featured a complex espionage plot with an attempt to assassinate a foreign ambassador. However they seemed to realise this was silly, so in the second spinoff they went stuck to foiling ''particularly nasty'' bank robberies. * BloodSplatteredInnocents: Jack Regan suffers this in the 1978 movie when an armed robber evades capture by putting a sawn-off shotgun in his mouth. And it's not just blood either. Regan realistically freaks out and frantically scrubs his face clean.

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* SawedOffShotgun: In the second movie the criminals use gold-plated Purdey shotguns stolen from a rock star. There's a notable scene where the blagger sticks his sawn-off in a bank manager's face. -->"Hold it right there, squire. You are privileged to be looking down the barrels of a gold-plated Purdey shotgun. Now as a bank manager, you'll appreciate that any man capable of cutting a gun like that in half wouldn't think twice about cutting you in half."
21st Jan '14 10:15:54 PM PaulA
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Two spin-off movies were produced during the show's run: ''Sweeney!'' in 1977 and ''Sweeney 2'' in 1978.

* ItsPersonal: Regan at the climax of the first movie. After seeing the only witness of the killings [[spoiler:(who he'd shagged earlier)]] murdered, Regan is told by a government official the BigBad would be assassinated by his own hitmen upon being arrested. What does Regan do next?

* TheMovie: Two theatrically released films were made between seasons, both made by the same cast and crew as the television show and both DarkerAndEdgier (the second film has a higher body count than the whole TV run combined)

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---- !!The 1977 and 1978 movies provide examples of: * ItsPersonal: Regan at the climax of the first movie. After seeing the only witness of the killings [[spoiler:(who he'd shagged earlier)]] murdered, Regan is told by a government official the BigBad would be assassinated by his own hitmen upon being arrested. What does Regan do next? * TheMovie: Two theatrically released films were made between seasons, both made by the same cast and crew as the television show and both DarkerAndEdgier (the second film has a higher body count than the whole TV run combined)
21st Jan '14 9:56:49 PM PaulA
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* HeyItsThatGuy[=/=]RetroactiveRecognition: frequently. ** Creator/BrianBlessed played the villain in the first episode. Managed to avoid being a {{Large Ham}} for once, delivering a menacing portrayal of a vicious gangster who "May have had elocution lessons, but is still as rough as the inside of a coal-bucket." ** Christopher Ellison ([[Series/{{TheBill}} DI Frank Burnside]]), Andrew Paul ([[Series/{{TheBill}} PC Dave Quinnan]]) and Billy Murray ([[Series/{{TheBill}} Don Beech]]) have prominent roles in episodes. ** [[Series/BlakesSeven Steven Pacey]] appears in one episode. Briefly. ** Creator/JohnHurt and [[{{Minder}} George Cole]] appear together in one episode. ** Lynda Bellingham (now of ''Loose Women'') is another famous guest star who appeared in an episode, and also the first movie. ** Alf Garnett. [[DisguisedInDrag In drag]], no less.
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