''Sweeney Todd'' is a film made by the BBC in 2006. It is mostly based on the original legend of SweeneyTodd, as written by Preskett Prest (or Rymer) in ''The String Of Pearls'' but deviates from this somewhat as well as including elements from [[Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet Sondheim's musical]]. It gives Sweeney a DarkAndTroubledPast (read: FreudianExcuse) and fleshes out his relationship with Mrs Lovett.

Quite apart from the other known adaptations, most of which are set in the Victorian era (and very well project the part), this adaptation actually moves the setting further back in time, to somewhere in the mid-18th century, around when King George III was a young man, as evidenced by all the powdered wigs and tricornes. The original story may have been ''written'' in the Victorian era, but as it was apparently a period piece even for its time, the creators of this adaptation sought to recreate more of the original, mid-Georgian setting.
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!!This film provides examples of:

* AffablyEvil: Both Sweeney and Mrs Lovett. They're actually pretty nice people, both of them, once you get past the murder, cannibalism and sexual perversion.
* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: The pies are made with human flesh.
* AntagonistTitle: Provided you consider Sweeney an antagonist... this is debatable.
* BackAlleyDoctor: Sweeney himself... when it comes to abortions, at least.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted. It's actually a plot point; Mrs Lovett can't bear the thought of her beauty being damaged, and has to come to terms with it.
* BlatantLies: "I did what I could..."
* BritishStuffiness: "Have you been... intimate... with him?" Justified in that it's set in the mid-1700s.
* CoitusEnsues
* CrazyJealousGuy
* DangerouslyCloseShave: Particularly towards the end of the film where Sweeney can barely restrain himself.
* DeusAngstMachina:
** Sweeney's mother gets consumption when he's seven, sending him away so that he doesn't get to be by her side as she dies. His dad is a [[JerkAss crooked arsehole]] who manages to get Sweeney's brother hanged and Sweeney imprisoned for twenty years for his crimes. No wonder the poor guy goes crazy.
** Mrs Lovett is married to a horrible man who beats her, then falls in love with somebody who seems protective, kind and understanding but is actually a serial killer.
* EvilBrit: Quite possibly the most famous evil Brit in fiction.
* {{Gorn}}: Some.
* GreenEyedMonster
* HoYay: A certain "thank you for saving my life" hug.
* LoveHungry: Both Sweeney and Mrs Lovett. In a literal sort of way.
* MeatgrinderSurgery: Justified, given the time frame. Sweeney isn't incompetent for a man of his day.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: More like "Murder The Hypotenuses", plural. One after the other.
* NotSoStoic: Sweeney's [[TheStoic facade]] slips when he talks about the death of his mother. It slips a good deal more shortly afterwards.
* ImAHumanitarian
* IfICantHaveYou: Sweeney. Despite refusing to sleep with Mrs Lovett himself, he proceeds to kill on all of her subsequent lovers. After [[{{Squick}} watching them do it...]]
* IllGirl: Mrs Lovett. Also, Sweeney's mother, though she never appears as a character.
* PeepingTom: And not played for laughs.
* ReallyGetsAround: Mrs Lovett. Sadly, she pays the price.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Heartbreakingly deconstructed. Mrs Lovett, after the ''convenient'' death of her abusive husband, falls in love with what she thinks is a good man, not realising that he was responsible for the above convenient death.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Well, given that any modern retelling of the Sweeney Todd legend runs on this the way cars do on petrol, it's not really a surprise.
* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: The BBC do everything in their power to avert this where Sweeney is concerned. Mrs Lovett's reasons for loving him (initially, at least) are very plausible. Her care for her first husband, a JerkAss wife-beater without a single redeeming feature, is a much straighter example of the trope.