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The Sweeney
7.3 out of 10

The Sweeney

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Overall 9

The anachronisms fall away and leave...

David Wilkinson, IMDb
11 June 2007
  • Summary: On promotional material for 70s US cop series Starsky and Hutch when it was remade, Paul Michael Glaser commented that that series worked because it was first about men, second about cops. The same applies for The Sweeney.
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Overall 10

Best slice of British TV ever!

Callum Gee (tmbluerain@gmail.com), IMDb
12 May 2006
  • Summary: "The Sweeney" is one of the best, if not THE best, British Television crime drama ever made. The scripts, directors, producers and not forgetting the actors are all of the highest calibre especially Messrs. Thaw & Waterman with their great characterisations of Regan & Carter.
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TV genius -- one of those shows that becomes part of your DNA.

Peter Hayes, IMDb
4 November 2005
  • Summary: The rough, tough and downright dirty world of New Scotland Yard's heavy mob - The Sweeney. So-called because the Cockney rhyming slang for Flying Squad is The Sweeney (Sweeney Todd -- famous murderous London barber -- Flying Squad).
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Much imitated but never equalled

Dakota, IMDb
15 August 2005
  • Summary: **This comment contains spoilers** The Sweeney is not well known outside the UK but on the list of great British TV series it's up there alongside I, Claudius, Fawlty Towers and The Avengers. Mention The Sweeney to almost anyone in Britain and you will probably be greeted by a reply of 'Shut it!
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Blinding TV

fiddle01, IMDb
18 July 2005
  • Summary: I was amazed recently when watching a television programme on a debate about good TV and The Sweeney was completely slated!! The content in those episodes is as fresh today as it were then and the violent feel throughout most instalments has some how become more menacing as time as moved on.
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great non-PC action

herbertanchovy, IMDb
19 May 2005
  • Summary: Don your kipper tie and bell bottoms, chug yer glass of scotch and screech off in yer Mk1 Granada (ok, consul GT) and take a trip back to the '70s. This series was Brilliant. and the actual catchphrase is "we're the sweeney, son, and we haven't had any dinner." NOT "we haven't had out dinner yet.
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Overall 10

Birds, booze and blags - shut it you slag!!!

andy-1047, IMDb
11 May 2005
  • Summary: After a hard day at work, I like nothing better than to pour myself a large Scotch, settle down on the sofa, switch on the DVD player and tell the bird to shut it as I watch those diamond geezers from the flying squad getting all tooled up for another blag.
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"Get Your Trousers On-Your Nicked!"

Big Movie Fan, IMDb
3 May 2003
  • Summary: "Get Your Trousers On-Your Nicked!", was the quote from this highly popular series which ran from the 70's to the early 80's. The late great John Thaw played Detective Inspector Jack Regan and was joined by Dennis Waterman as Detective Sergeant George Carter, they were both detectives for New...
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Put Your Trousers On - You're Nicked

tgtround, IMDb
7 January 2003
  • Summary: Ian and Troy Kennedy-Martin were the brothers who revolutionised crime drama on British TV in the 1970s. While Troy was a far more political animal, Ian concentrated on commercial TV. However, that doesn't make The Sweeney any less authentic.
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Kipper ties and expendable Cortinas

Steve Riley, IMDb
30 October 1999
  • Summary: When it first hit the screens in the mid 70s, "The Sweeney" was the first in a line of gritty, violent British cop shows which also included such series as "The Professionals" and "Dempsey and Makepeace".
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