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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.
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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,
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Regan and Carter and the Flying Squad take care of the 1970's bad guys the "ol' fashioned way"...! And they always, mostly, 'nick' their man/men/woman/women!Published on August 6, 2011 by Edward Michael