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The Sweeney Series Two

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The Sweeney is the Flying Squad. It is a name derived from Cockney rhyming slang (Sweeney Todd = Flying Squad), used by police and underworld alike to refer to this highly mobile force of top London crime-busters. The revolutionary series that introduced a new kind of police drama, The Sweeney depicts the violent clashes between the Flying Squad and the deadly world of organized crime.

DI Jack Regan (John Thaw - Inspector Morse) is the total professional, a 24-hours-a-day cop whose commitment to his job has already led to the break-up of his marriage. Regan's partner, DS George Carter (Dennis Waterman - Minder), is a sharp, South London Cockney. Together, Regan and Carter lead a unit of skilled detectives who infiltrate and bust up London's criminal underworld.

The epitome of 1970's style and attitudes, The Sweeney is action-packed with exciting car chases, fistfights, boozing, break-ins, gunfire, brash dialogue and a multitude of talented guest actors.

Includes:

Chalk and Cheese / Faces / Supersnout / Big Brother / Hit and Run / Trap / Golden Fleece / Poppy / Stay Lucky Eh? / Thou Shalt Not Kill! / I Want the Man / Country Boy / Trojan Bus


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Product Details

  • Actors: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan
  • Directors: Terry Green, William Brayne, Tom Clegg, Mike Vardy, Jim Goddard
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: BFS Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003TNQ0HW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,333 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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American viewers will know John Thaw from 'Morse' but for many British viewers he will always be 'Jack Reagan' of Scotland Yard's Flying Squad.

The Sweeney was compulsive viewing in the nineteen seventies. The Sweeney is cockney slang for the Flying Squad a group of elite detectives who battle organized crime, armed robbery and other crimes carried out by professional criminals.

The success of the show is due to the partnership of John Thaw as Inspector Jack Reagan and his sidekick Sargent George Carter played by Denis Waterman. Reagan and Carter spend as much of their time drinking, smoking and chasing women as they do catching criminals, this is the seventies after all. Morse may use his brains to catch the criminal, Reagan is more likely to use his fists.

Unlike other British detective shows the Sweeney does not involve complex murder cases set amongst the middle classes. The bad guys in the Sweeney are working class armed robbers,hijackers, professional burglars and safe crackers. Reagan and Carter while being totally honest (the real Flying Squad was famous for it's corruption) behave just like the villains they chase.

Because guns have always been less common in Britain than in the US, even amongst criminals, the Sweeney contains some great fight scenes as the police battle it out with criminals armed with pickaxe handles, chains etc. The show also has some great comic one liners making it one of the most funny drama series ever.

The Sweeney is a must for all lovers of cop shows.

A few of the slang terms used in the show are,

Bird - Woman also prison as in 'doing Bird' i.e.
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Classic cult mold breaking awesome British cop show from the 70's. Harsh, gritty, realistic and engaging. THOROUGHLY recommend it to anyone who likes 'cop shows'.
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I obtained the first series of 'The Sweeney' from interlibrary loan, lucky me. Already a raving John Thaw fan from 'Morse,' I am so thankful that I was able to view this classic television series! Already an accomplished and successful television actor at this time, John Thaw gave his usual totally-convincing portrayal of a police officer in this series. I remember the 70s perfectly well, and watching this was like a time machine for me, even though I've never been to Britain. All the principal players in this series achieve completely plausible and believable performances. In 'The Sweeney' Dennis Waterman is just as good as John Thaw. If you enjoy Dennis, after seeing this performance, let me recommend 'New Tricks,' a currently-running British police drama available on DVD, which also features Dennis Waterman along with other famed British television actors who worked extensively with John Thaw. I am looking forward to viewing ALL of the various series of 'The Sweeney,' one way or another! Don't miss this program!
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I have watched two episodes of this set and they are very good in both quality and content. They are definitely worth the money!
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