- The Sweeney
show_name = The Sweeney
caption = "The Sweeney" opening titles.
runtime = 60 minutes
Ian Kennedy Martin
John Thaw Dennis Waterman Garfield Morgan
first_aired = 1975
last_aired = 1978
num_series = 4
num_episodes = 53
producer = Euston Films Ltd /
"The Sweeney" was a British
television police dramafocusing on two members of the Flying Squad, an elite branch of the Metropolitan Police Servicespecialising in combatting armed robbery and violent crime within the Metropolitan Police area in London. The programme title derives from Cockney rhyming slang, in which the expression " Sweeney Todd" rhymes with (and stands for) 'Flying Squad'.
The programme, made entirely on film by
Thames Television's film division, Euston Films, was originally aired on ITVbetween 1975 and 1978, starring John Thawas Detective Inspector Jack Regan and Dennis Watermanas Detective Sergeant George Carter. Such was its popularity in the UK that it spawned two theatrically-released feature filmspin-offs, "Sweeney!" and "Sweeney 2".
A big-screen adaptation is currently planned for 2009.
Ray Winstone's name has been linked several times with the role of Regan, although not officially. The film is scheduled to be directed by Nick Loveand written by him and Ian Kennedy Martin. It is not yet known whether the film will be set in the 1970s or in the present day.
Currently the original series is being broadcast on digital channel
ITV4in various time slots.
The series was created by writer
Ian Kennedy Martin(brother of the better-known Troy Kennedy Martin), who contributed several episodes and wrote the second film. The programme was born out of a one-off drama, entitled "Regan", which Ian Kennedy Martin wrote for Thames Television's "Armchair Cinema" series of one-offs in 1974. From the very beginning, the show was seen as having series potential. After it scored highly in the ratings, work began on the development of the series proper. Ian Kennedy Martin's ideas for the series were for it to be partially studio-based, with more dialogue and less action; producer Ted Childsdisagreed with this and Ian Kennedy Martin reluctantly parted company with the project. In the event it was shot almost entirely on location and entirely on film (which gave it a startling degree of realism), and had a heavy bias toward action sequences.
The writers were given strict guidelines to follow: "Each show will have an overall screen time (minus titles) of 48mins 40secs. Each film will open with a teaser of up to 3 minutes, which will be followed by the opening titles. The story will be played across three acts, each being no more than 19 minutes and no less than 8 minutes in length. Regan will appear in every episode, Carter in approximately 10 out of 13 episodes. In addition to these main characters, scripts should be based around three major speaking parts, with up to ten minor speaking parts."
"The Sweeney" was the first really modern police-based series on British television. Previously, most dramas featuring the police had shied away from showing 'coppers' as fallible human beings. The police in "The Sweeney" were a world away from those of the BBC's "
Dixon of Dock Green" or " Z Cars". They were brutal and violent in dealing with London's hardened criminals, and prone to cutting corners and bending laws. The series showed a side of the police which often had a disregard for authority, rules and the 'system', as long it got the job done. Until "The Sweeney" this had been a subject largely whitewashed by British television.
It was a fast-paced edge-of-your-seat action series, depicting the Squad's relentless battle against armed robbery, but it nevertheless included a substantial degree of humour. It generated one famous humorous catchphrase, when Regan told a suspect in an early episode: "We're the Sweeney son, and we haven't had any dinner!", implying that they just might have "him" for their dinner if he doesn't co-operate. It was also famous for Regan's tendency to tell every smart-mouthed villain they met to "Shut it!"
For the time, it had a high degree of graphic on-screen violence, with villains frequently ripped apart by blasts from sawn-off shotguns, and the episodes usually had a high body-count (i.e. a high number of on-screen deaths). The language used was fairly graphic too, with armed robbers routinely described as "armed blaggers" and armed robberies as "blaggings". The dialogue was peppered with colourful underworld metaphors of the time, and Regan was always promising villains "a good kicking" if they didn't co-operate. It was a hard-nosed, honest depiction of a violent world.
The main two characters were Detective Inspector Jack Regan and Sergeant George Carter. Their superior officer was DCI Frank Haskins.
Detective Inspector John 'Jack' Regan (played by
John Thaw) is the Flying Squad's chief thief-taker. He's a tough, no-nonsense copper who is often frustrated by Scotland Yard's red tape. Originally from Manchester(like John Thaw himself), he has been in London for several years, so his accent has modified somewhat but traces of his Northern origins are still evident. He also refers to his Northern roots every now and again (his poor upbringing, his father's work on the Manchester Ship Canal) which brings mild ridicule from Londoner George Carter. A heavy-drinker and smoker (comically, he is more often than not seen stealing other people's cigarettes), Regan also has some success with the ladies - although not as much as Carter. He has an ex-wife, Kate, and a daughter, Susie. In the last episode of the first series, "Abduction", Susie is kidnapped. Regan is a hard man but he is human: he helps out an ex-informer whose son is kidnapped in "Feet of Clay" (Series 4), and his sympathetic pushing enables his boss Haskins to ask for help when his wife goes missing after a breakdown in "Victims" (Series 4) - it is Regan who finds her. Regan repeatedly bends the rules in order to achieve the desired result - for example, fabricating evidence and arranging for a criminal to be kidnapped in "Queen's Pawn", and illegally entering private properties and threatening to lie about being attacked by a prisoner in order to get information in "Regan". Despite this, he is unwilling to cheat for purely personal gain: he delivers a sharp put down to a corrupt copper in "Bad Apple", and refuses to take advantage of a bung (bribe) in "Golden Fleece". Regan, during early morning raids upon "slags" (villains), would often kick in the bedroom door, tell the "slag" that "You're nicked, son", then proceed to tell his semi-naked wife to "Put them away, luv".
Regan invariably referred to Carter by his first name, whilst Carter referred to Regan as 'Guv' (or Guv'nor).
Regan was driven around in a Ford Consul GT, which was one of the most recognisable sights on television during the 1970s and still has cult status some 30 years later. Although he was seen driving various cars himself in the series, he always had a driver when using the Consul (and the similar Ford Granada models used in later series), which served as a Squad car: when the Squad travelled they always went 'mob handed'.
We learn from numerous episodes that Detective Sergeant George Carter (played by
Dennis Waterman) comes from South London, and Regan seeks him out in the pilot episode because of his knowledge of the South London area. His age is given in the episode "Hit and Run" as 26. In the series' timeline we learn that George had previously been in the Squad, but had quit for family reasons (cf. Regan and "Jigsaw"). George was married to Alison Carter, a school teacher, but is widowed in the episode "Hit And Run", in which Alison is murdered by mistake by a gang of diamond smugglers. He is a former amateur boxer, as we see from the pilot "Regan", and is described as having professional boxing potential in the episode "Chalk and Cheese". Like his superior he is fond of drinking, football, and - after the death of his wife - womanising.
Frank Haskins (played by
Garfield Morgan), married with 3 children at boarding schools, is Jack Regan's immediate superior. Prior to the series timeline the character had done " National Servicein the Signals Corps in a minor intelligence role" (as revealled in the episode "Stay Lucky, Eh?"). He is frequently seen at odds with Regan, preferring more conventional policing methods.
The main "Haskins episodes" are "Golden Fleece", where he is set up to be the victim of a corruption enquiry, and "Victims", where his wife suffers a mental breakdown due to memories of a miscarriage. Although he appeared in the opening titles of every episode, he did not air in all of them.
In later series, whenever Haskins was not present his role was taken by other superiors like Detective Chief Inspector Anderson, played by Richard Wilson.
In the early episodes the team has a variety of drivers including Len (the first 2 episodes) and Fred (in the episode "Jigsaw"). However, the episode "The Placer" in the first series introduces the character of Bill the driver (played by Tony Allen, who subsequently worked as wardrobe manager for many of John Thaw's later projects), and he remains a constant throughout the series, although he plays a peripheral, non-speaking role in most episodes.
Tom Daniels is the most prominent member of the supporting Squad. Other members include Sergeant Kent, DC Thorpe, and Matthews in the first series, Jerry Burtonshaw (Series 1-3), and Jellyneck (Series 4). Detective Chief Superintendent Maynon appears occasionally as a superior officer, and is seen as being more willing than Haskins to bend the rules in order to get a result in the episode "Queen's Pawn". With Haskins absent, a semi-regular superior officer named Braithwaite appears in Series 4.
Other main characters include the close family of the three leads.
Regan's ex-wife Kate appears in the episode "Abduction", after previously featuring in the pilot; and his daughter Susie appears in several episodes, most notably "Abduction".
Carter's wife Alison is seen attempting to prise him away from the Squad in the episode "Jigsaw", while her hostility toward Regan is apparent in the episode "Abduction". She is murdered in a case of mistaken identity in the episode "Hit And Run". In the DVD commentary for "Abduction" it is mentioned that the reason for this was that the actress was asking for too much money to continue to appear in the series. Her death was convenient for the show, releasing Carter to play a more freewheeling role, 'on the pull'.
Doreen Haskins plays a minor role in some episodes, although the penultimate episode "Victims" deals with her deteriorating mental health and returns to the theme of the job's impact on family life. One of Haskins' three children, Richard, also appears in that episode.
The filming of each episode normally took ten working days, shooting about five minutes of edited screen time per day. Because of this the number of different filming locations had to be restricted to ten, i.e. one location per day. At the Euston Films production office in Colet Court, there was a standing set of the Flying Squad offices, which provided an alternative option should the weather restrict a day's filming. Two days would normally be spent filming on the set, equalling 10 mins of any episode being set in the offices. Shooting took place through the summer, so exterior night shooting was expensive and was limited to 3 minutes of external night material in any episode.
Each episode had an eight and a half week production schedule: two weeks pre-production (for
casting, finding locations etc), two weeks shooting, four weeks picture editing(the first two weeks of which overlapped with the shoot), two weeks sound editing, and two and a half days dubbing.
Most of the locations used for filming The Sweeney were in
West London- in particular in the Fulham, Hammersmithand Shepherd's Bushdistricts, close to the Euston Films HQ at Colet Courtin Hammersmith. However, other notable London loactions were also used for filming, including:
ChertseyMarina, Surrey- "Bad Apple" & "Jack or Knave?"
*Heathrow - "Golden Boy", "Stoppo Driver" & "Tomorrow Man"
Kingston upon Thames- "Hit And Run"
Putney- Putney Bridge"Sweeney 2"
Roehampton- Bank of EnglandSports Centre "Golden Fleece", "Victims" & Danebury Avenue/Alton Estate "Sweeney 2"
Chelsea- football ground featured in "I Want That Man"
Staines, Surrey - "The Placer"
*Twickenham - sports ground featured in "Golden Fleece"
Uxbridge- Brunel University"Thou Shalt Not Kill"
Wandsworth- "Abduction", "Country Boy" & "Sweeney 2"
*Wimbledon - "May" & "Lady Luck"
A pilot episode, "Regan", was made as part of the "Armchair Cinema" series and shown in 1974. In all, four series were made with Series One being broadcast between January and March 1975 and Series Two following between September and December of the same year. Series Three was broadcast between September and December 1976, with the final series being shown two years later in 1978. Two 90-minute feature films, "Sweeney!" and "Sweeney 2", were made in 1977 and 1978 respectively.
The promotional episode shown to the press was "Thin Ice", which featured a relatively lightweight and somewhat humorous story, some comedy, and international locations. It's generally seen by fans as being one of the weaker episodes from the first series.
Highlights of the first series were "Ringer", where the team were attempting to prevent a criminal being sprung from prison, "Jackpot", "Stoppo Driver", and "Abduction", in which Regan's daughter Susie was kidnapped, focussing on the strains which the job caused to family life. "Night Out" subtly illustrated the backgrounds and family lives of Regan and Carter; parallels are drawn between the unhappy situation of the main villain's family and Regan's own domestic situation.
The early episodes feature a great degree of hostility and mistrust between Regan and his superior, Haskins, who in one episode attempts to separate Carter from Regan in order to help Carter's career.
The episode "Queen's Pawn" is a classic display of how Regan is willing to bend the rules in order to get a result, as he fabricates evidence, illegally opens private mail, and even arranges the kidnapping of one of the criminals in order to get the desired result.
eries 1 Episodes
"All episodes were broadcast on ITV, Thursdays 9.00pm" [ [http://www.thesweeney.info/episodes.html THE SWEENEY - Episode Guide ] ]
#Ringer "broadcast 02/01/1975"
#Jackpot "broadcast 09/01/1975"
#Thin Ice "broadcast 16/01/1975"
#Queen's Pawn "broadcast 23/01/1975"
#Jigsaw "broadcast 30/01/1975"
#Night Out "broadcast 06/02/1975"
#The Placer "broadcast 13/02/1975"
#Cover Story "broadcast 20/02/1975"
#Golden Boy "broadcast 27/02/1975"
#Stoppo Driver "broadcast 06/03/1975"
#Big Spender "broadcast 13/03/1975"
#Contact Breaker "broadcast 23/03/1975"
#Abduction "broadcast 27/03/1975"
The episodes "Faces" and "Thou Shalt Not Kill" were among the highlights of the second series. In the former an anarchist group (which appears to be German-based, with echoes of the then contemporary
Baader-Meinhof gang) is staging a number of robberies in order to raise funds for its cause. However, the group has been infiltrated by British intelligence, leading to complicated inter-departmental politics between the police and the security services. "Thou Shalt Not Kill" features a tense hostage situation inside a bank, with Haskins faced with the dilemma of whether to risk the hostages' lives by shooting the criminals.
Other highlights included a pair of tongue-in-cheek episodes, "Golden Fleece" and "Trojan Bus", featuring two cocky but likeable
Australian villains, played by British actors Patrick Mowerand George Layton; and the episode "Hit And Run", in which Carter's wife Alison is murdered.
eries 2 Episodes
"All episodes were broadcast on ITV, Mondays 9.00pm"
#Chalk And Cheese "broadcast 01/09/1975"
#Faces "broadcast 08/09/1975"
#Supersnout "broadcast 15/09/1975"
#Big Brother "broadcast 22/09/1975"
#Hit And Run "broadcast 29/09/1975"
#Trap "broadcast 06/10/1975"
#Golden Fleece "broadcast 13/10/1975"
#Poppy "broadcast 20/10/1975"
#Stay Lucky Eh? "broadcast 27/10/1975"
#Trojan Bus "broadcast 03/11/1975"
#I Want The Man "broadcast 10/11/1975"
#Country Boy "broadcast 17/11/1975"
#Thou Shalt Not Kill "broadcast 24/11/1975"
"In From The Cold" and "Taste Of Fear" were two of the highlights of the third series. The latter episode introduced violent psychopathic criminal Tim Cook, an army deserter whose experiences in Northern Ireland had left him embittered. Cook also appeared in the later and less successful episode "On The Run". "Taste of Fear" is in many ways the definitive episode of the series, featuring wonderfully humorous dialogue, genuinely frightening violence, excellent displays of Regan's courage, and a real sense of pathos in its portrayal of the victims left in the wake of crime. The story's closing scene is particularly impressive.
Other episodes explored different themes: "Tomorrow Man" focussed on the clash between traditional policing methods and newer more technological ways of solving crime, methods which, in the real world, have ironically made crimes such as those depicted in The Sweeney - of villains in stocking masks carrying out wages snatches - seem anachronistic. "Bad Apple" dealt with
police corruptionand here Regan, despite being seen to bend the rules in other episodes in order to achieve convictions, is shown to hold the deepest contempt for the corrupt officers.
eries 3 Episodes
"All episodes were broadcast on ITV, Mondays 9.00pm"
#Selected Target "broadcast 06/09/1976"
#In From The Cold "broadcast 13/09/1976"
#Visiting Fireman "broadcast 20/09/1976"
#Tomorrow Man "broadcast 27/09/1976"
#Taste Of Fear "broadcast 04/10/1976"
#Bad Apple "broadcast 11/10/1976"
#May "broadcast 25/10/1976"
#Sweet Smell Of Succession "broadcast 08/10/1976"
#Down To You Brother "broadcast 22/11/1976"
#Payoff "broadcast 29/11/1976"
#Loving Arms "broadcast 06/12/1976"
#Lady Luck "broadcast 13/12/1976"
#On The Run "broadcast 20/12/1976"
There was a two year gap between the third and fourth series. The title sequence was changed, and a number of other changes were also made, with Haskins being absent from a number of episodes. The final series has been criticised as the weakest, with episodes such as "Latin Lady", "Drag Act", and "Hearts And Minds" being singled out for particular criticism. This falling off in quality led John Thaw and Dennis Waterman to the realisation that the show was now in danger of running out of steam, and to take the brave decision to end it whilst it was still at the peak of its popularity.
The opening episode of the series, "Messenger of the Gods", divides fans, with some seeing it as wonderfully tongue in cheek and others viewing it as moronic comedy.
Other notable episodes include "Nightmare", which features a slightly experimental dream sequence as part of the plot. This is also the episode with the highest body count, and features another then-contemporary plot of two ex-IRA men committing a major crime in order to buy their way back into the organisation. "Bait" featured a strong performance by
George Sewell, who had starred in "The Sweeney"'s Euston Films forerunner series, "Special Branch", as well as in the film Get Carter, which was a major influence on "The Sweeney", and whose main character Jack Carter may have been the inspiration for the names of the two main "Sweeney" characters.
"Hearts And Minds", the last episode to be filmed, featured the popular comedians Morecambe and Wise, and was a quid pro quo for the appearance of Waterman and Thaw in a "Sweeney"-themed sketch in the 1976 Morecambe and Wise Christmas show on the BBC.
The final aired episode, "Jack or Knave", saw a slightly ambiguous ending, with the main character Jack Regan temporarily locked up after being implicated in a corruption scandal, of which he is finally exonerated. He then announces that he's had it with the Squad, and the series ends with him resigning in disgust.
The final scene left open the possibility of a further series, if the two stars could be talked into making it, but this was not to be. Both of them felt the high standards of the show could not be maintained over a fifth series. Dennis Waterman immediately walked into a new series with Euston Films, as co-star of "Minder" (with
George Cole), which quickly became just as big a success.
eries 4 Episodes
"All episodes were broadcast on ITV, Thursdays 9.00pm"
#Messenger Of The Gods "broadcast 07/09/1978"
#Hard Men "broadcast 14/09/1978"
#Drag Act "broadcast 21/09/1978"
#Trust Red "broadcast 28/09/1978"
#Nightmare "broadcast 05/10/1978"
#Money, Money, Money "broadcast 12/10/1978"
#Bait "broadcast 19/10/1978"
#The Bigger They Are "broadcast 26/10/1978"
#Feet Of Clay "broadcast 02/11/1978"
#One Of Your Own "broadcast 09/11/1978"
#Hearts And Minds "broadcast 23/11/1978"
#Latin Lady "broadcast 30/11/1978"
#Victims "broadcast 14/12/1978"
#Jack Or Knave "broadcast 28/12/1978"
Like many successful British TV series of the time, such as "Porridge" and "
Rising Damp", film versions of "The Sweeney" were made featuring the same actors and characters.
In "Sweeney!", made in 1977, Regan and Carter get involved in a plot based on the
Profumo Affair. British actor Barry Foster guest-stars as an Americanised, and more deadly, version of Stephen Ward. [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076788/ IMDB entry]
Sweeney 2", made in 1978, they go to Maltain order to track down a group of vicious armed robbers. [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078351/ IMDB entry]
A remake has recently been announced, to be produced by
DNA Filmsand written and directed by Nick Love& starring Ray Winstone. See Imdb title | id=0857190 | title=The Sweeney
A total of seven books were written and released in 1977 published by Futura Publications Ltd. [http://thesweeney.info/swag/swag.html]
*Regan and the Manhattan File
*Regan and the Deal Of The Century
*Regan and the Lebanese Shipment
*The Human Pipeline
*Regan And The Bent Stripper
*Regan and the Snout Who Cried Wolf
As well as making
John Thawand Dennis Watermanbig names, "The Sweeney" also had an impressive list of guest stars, including Diana Dors, Brian Blessed, John Hurt, Warren Mitchell, Roy Kinnear, George Cole(whom Waterman went on to star alongside in hit follow-up vehicle "Minder)" and Maureen Lipman, as well as the writers Lynda La Planteand Colin Welland. Morecambe and Wiseappeared late on, in return for Thaw and Waterman appearing on their show. Many up and coming actors such as Karl Howman, Ray Winstone, John Challis, Andrew Pauland Hywel Bennettalso appeared in the show during its run.
*The repeat of the episode "Selected Target" in December 1978 had the highest viewing figure of the series with 19.05 million people watching.
*In series 1 to 3 the main characters' cars were a Ford Consul GT 3.0 litre V6 (often mistaken for a Granada Mk1), Granada GXL Mk1 and a Cortina Mk3. In series 4 the updated Granada Mk2 and Cortina Mk4 were used.
*Dennis Waterman was cast after his performance in the Special Branch episode 'Stand and Deliver'. In the same episode
Stephanie Turner(who played his wife in The Sweeney) played his sister. She went on to have her own police series, "Juliet Bravo".
*In the orange-tinted photographs that are shown in the closing credits for Series 1–3, an enlarged set of fingerprints is displayed on a board behind Superintendent Haskins. These belong to actress and model
Pamela Green, [ [http://www.pamela-green.com/dambuster.live Pamela Green: Douglas Webb ] ] whose boyfriend Doug Webb took the stills photographs used in the titles and credits.
*A red Fiat 850 Coupé makes a cameo appearance [ [http://www.thetvlounge.co.uk/sweeney/viewtopic.php?t=750 The Sweeney Forum :: View topic - Fiat 850 Coupe (Red) - UJB 92G ] ] in a lot of the episodes: typically it's parked at the side of the road as the action takes place around it. One theory is that the car belonged to a crew member who tried to include it as an in-joke in as many episodes as possible.
*Heavy reference is made to "The Sweeney" in the
Black Booksepisode The Blackout.
*Scotland Yard's real Flying Squad lost an important surveillance technique when "The Sweeney" exposed their use of the roadside tents erected by telephone engineers, who would place them over open manholes in the street to protect them from the weather. These tents are frequently shown in the series as hideaways for keeping a covert eye on suspects.
In the early 1980s the British comic "Jackpot" featured a strip called "The Teeny Sweeney" which was originally drawn by J Edward Oliver. A trio of schoolboys played at being plain-clothes policemen, with two of them looking like little versions of Regan and Carter. They even had "Flying Squad" written on the side of their cartie. Their attempts at being helpful however almost always ended in disaster.
Detectives on the edge of a nervous breakdown
The 1993 Comic Strip film "
Detectives on the Edge of a Nervous Breakdown" features a character introduced as "Shouting George from "The Weeny" (played by Jim Broadbent). Despite the character's name, he is in fact a direct yet affectionate parody of Jack Regan.
post-modernistTV ad for the Nissan Almeracar in the late 1990s had two characters similar to Carter and Regan racing through London to deal with a "bank job". A suspicious group of men have entered a bank dressed as painters. As 'Carter' races the car through the streets, 'Regan' keeps bellowing at him and others to "Shut it!"
At one stage 'Regan' shouts "Mark it!", which is slang for following a suspect, but in this case means "market" as 'Carter' drives erratically through a market place. 'Carter' tells 'Regan' to stop shouting — to which 'Regan' barks the reply "I can't!".
When they burst into the bank it turns out that the men are genuine painters and that 'Regan', their guv (or boss), is there to tell them that they have the wrong sort of white paint(!) 'Carter' says, "Think we'd better go back to the yard, guv, and get some more." "Shut up!" [ [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9K_EkU9KZE YouTube - Nissan Almera Advert - Sweeney Spoof ] ]
One of the painters talks in a squeaky-like voice and is called "Squealer", which is slang for
(This ad was the follow up to a hugely popular one spoofing "The Professionals" a year or so previously.)
DVD and CD releases
The complete series of "The Sweeney" was released by Network on 16 discs in 2005.The pilot episode "Regan" was also released on DVD in November 2005. Both films, "Sweeney!" and "Sweeney 2" have also been released on DVD.
But of all releases, the best set is the 2007 18 Disc Network release, which contains all four series, the pilot and both of the spin-off films. Along with all this, the boxset contains exclusive extras.
Below is a list of all the extras of the boxset:
*Introduction by Ian Kennedy-Martin Commentary with Dennis Waterman, producer Ted Childs and director Tom Clegg
*Interview with creator Ian Kennedy-Martin Commentaries with Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan, producer Ted Childs, writers Trevor Preston and Troy Kennedy-Martin, directors Tom Clegg and David Wickes and editor Chris Burt
*'Thick as Thieves' episode and 'Special Branch' episode Episode introductions by guest stars Warren Mitchell, Wanda Ventham, Prunella Gee, John Forgeham, Billy Murray, Tony Selby and Dudley Sutton
*Restoring "The Sweeney"
*Interview with stunt arranger Peter Brayham
*'Wild Boys' featurette
*'The Sweeney' annual PDF
*Interview with writer Roger Marshall
*'Golden Fleece' episode script PDF Episode introductions by guest stars Bill Maynard, Gwen Taylor, James Booth, Ken Hutchison and Lynda Bellingham
*'Sweeney' film trailer with introduction by Lynda Bellingham
*'Sweeney' film promotional gallery
*'Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show' 1976 sketch
*'Strange Report' episode
*Episode introductions by guest stars Geraldine James, Steven Pacey, George Sweeney, Nadim Sawalha, Tina Heath and John Lyons
*'ITV - This Is Your Life' clip from 1976 Thames trailer
*'Evening News Film Awards' clip
*'The Sweeney' 1977 Annual PDF
Series Four: 'The Electric Theatre Show' interviews with John Thaw, Dennis Waterman and Ted Childs 'This Is Your Life - John Thaw' extract 'This Is Your Life - Dennis Waterman' extract Series 4 textless titles with dual sound Episode introductions by guest stars James Warrior, George Sewell, Jenny Runacre, Nick Stringer, Gary Morecambe and Peter Wight 'Sweeney 2' film trailer with introduction by Ken Hutchison and James Warrior 'Sweeney 2' promotional gallery PDF Out-takes 'The Sweeney' 1978 Annual PDF Stills gallery Extract from 'Behind the Sunshine' PDF, recounting the making of 'Hearts and Minds'
'Sweeney!' and 'Sweeney 2':
*Commentary on Sweeney! with Ted Childs, Ranald Graham and David Wickes
*Commentary on Sweeney 2 with Ted Childs and Tom Clegg
* These extras are exclusive to the boxset.
Series one is now available as a Region 1 (North America) DVD, but there are no plans for anymore series in the US.
A soundtrack album "Shut it! The Music of The Sweeney" is also available and features much of the incidental music used in the programme as well as many classic pieces of dialogue.
There is also a book called SWEENEY THE OFFICIAL COMPANION. This is a well respected addition for any Sweeney fan.
* [http://www.thetvlounge.co.uk/sweeney/ The Sweeney discussion forum]
* [http://www.thesweeney.info/ The Sweeney - Unofficial website]
* [http://www.nostalgiacentral.com/tv/cops/sweeney.htm NostalgiaCentral]
* [http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/473709/index.html British Film Institute Screen Online]
* [http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/S/htmlS/sweeneythe/sweeneythe.htm Encyclopedia of Television]
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