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Shut It!: The Inside Story of The Sweeney Hardcover – December 1, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1845135898 ISBN-10: 184513589X

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Pat Gilbert is an associate editor of Mojo magazine and author of Passion I a Fashion.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184513589X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845135898
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,180,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tetleylee on August 16, 2013
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With sirens blaring, guns blazing and fists flying, the Sweeney kicked down the doors of TV cabinets in the mid-seventies, bringing with it a tough new approach to British police dramas which up to then had been dominated by the likes of the avuncular Dixon Of Dock Green. The Sweeney was like the punk rock of cop shows, full of profanity and profundity in equal measure and with a lead character, Regan a grey warrior, every bit as charismatic as Rotten or Strummer. Shut It harks back to those glorious, grotty days of strikes and recession to recreate the story of The Sweeney, its origins, impact and enduring legacy, capturing first hand the memories and opinions of many of the key players behind the shows astonishing success, revealing the team behind the programme was a curious blend of Oxbridge graduates and hard-nosed Cockneys. It shows also how closely the premise of the show was modeled on the real life Flying Squad and the sometimes uneasy the Squad had with the villains and criminal gangs of grimy post-war London.

Pat Gilbert writes with an engaging, entertaining style that is easy on the eye. There is a complete episode guide providing basic cast and credit information for all four series, from the hard-edged opening series to the almost comedic closing one. and the two movies, although it would have been good to also see the authors reviews of each episode and perhaps mention of the unusual Sweeney spin-off novels; particularly as these were penned by Ian Kennedy-Martin and offer an interesting alternative take on where the show could have gone if Kennedy-Martin Jnr had remained creative control of it. Regan and Carter. Jack of knaves. Princes of policing. Relive it all again with Shut It and take your mind back to a simpler, more complicated time. Don't sit there looking like a motorway breakfast, go and read it!
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