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The Sweeney - The Complete First Series
The Sweeney - The Complete First Series
Actors: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan, Tony Selby, Julian Glover
Directors: David Wickes, Douglas Camfield, Ted Childs, Terry Green, Tom Clegg
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2007     10hr 50min

From its launch in 1984 as a weekly Brittish cop drama to its currant serialized format this show has remained a top-rated series. The Bill follows the daily lives of the men and women at Sun Hill Police Station as they fi...  more »


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Actors: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan, Tony Selby, Julian Glover
Directors: David Wickes, Douglas Camfield, Ted Childs, Terry Green, Tom Clegg
Creator: Allan Prior
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Crime, Comedy, Drama, Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Bci / Eclipse
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 06/05/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 10hr 50min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaDVD Credits: 4
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Regan & Carter, getting Brahms, sleeping with birds, roundin
Doctor Trance | MA, United States | 03/31/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you don't know your Mockney slang (Cockney rhyming slang), you might have some difficulty following one of the grittiest cop shows on either side of the Atlantic. Long before NYPD Blue was catching the attention of our FCC censors, The Sweeney (Scotland Yard's Flying Squad of plain clothes detectives) was thrust upon UK viewers in the mid 70's, with some harsh language, occasional topless girls, and the over the top, violent antics of the fiercest cops in England.

John Thaw, as Detective Inspector Jack Regan, perfectly fills what is possibly his best known role, apart from Inspector Morse. Dennis Waterman, as Regan's partner, Sergeant George Carter, is equally talented in fisticuffs, which would come in handy in Waterman's next series, Minder, where he played bodyguard for hire, Terry McCann.

Regan often twisted the rules of the law to apprehend his criminals, usually convincing the apprehensive Carter to help. Regan was often in trouble with his superiors, and was under constant scrutiny from internal affairs. The show lasted 4 seasons, and ended with Regan actually getting ... well, I won't give it away!

Apart from the double disc set of the 2 late 70's Sweeney big screen films, which has been available on Amazon for years now, the 4 seasons of this hugely popular British show have not been available in the US until now! It's about time!"
Before he was Morse John Thaw was Reagan
steve b | Dudley England | 05/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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 complusive viewing in the nineteen seventies. The Sweeney is cockney slang for the Flying Squad a group of elite dectectives who battle organised crime, armeed robbery and other crimes carried out by professional criminals.

THe success of the show is due to the partership of John Thaw as Inspecter 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 dectective shows the Sweeney does not involve complex murder cases set amougst the middle classes. The bad guys in the Sweeney are working class armed robbers, professional burglars and safe crackers. Reagan and Carter while being totaly honest (the real Flying Squad was famous for it's corruption) behave just like the villians they chase.

Because guns have always been less common in Britain than in the US, even amougst 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
Blag - Robbery
Blagger - Robber
Blower - Telephone
Bottle - Nerve or courage as in 'lost his bottle'
Brahams - Drunk
Bubble - A Greek
Drum - House or flat
Face - Known criminal
Germans - Hands
Have it away - To escape, in particular to escape with stolen goods,
also to have sex
Manor - An area of London, a police district.
Monkey - £500
Nick - Police station
Nicked - Arrested, as in your nicked.
Pony - £25
Score - £20
Skip - Police Sargent
Slagg - Orginaly a women who slept arround, now a general term of abuse.
Smudge - Photograph
Tealeaf - Thief
Tom - Jewelry or a prostitute.
Ton - one hundred especially £100
Tooled up - Armed"
Get yer trousers on, you're nicked.
T. Neff | Lyme, CT USA | 07/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you're a Brit this TV show is as famous as Starsky & Hutch, so allow me to address the US consumer for a moment.

Remember when US TV comedy was mostly cringe inducing twaddle, but British TV comedy was genius stuff like Fawlty Towers and Good Neighbors? What you DIDN'T know was that serious British TV drama was often just as brilliant, but didn't translate as well ("too British") and had no hope of a US licensing deal to allow you to see it.

And thus we have THE SWEENEY, a ground-breaking show about Britain's elite coppers The Flying Squad. (Cockney rhyming slang: Flying Squad = Sweeney Todd = The Sweeney.) Previous British police shows had been relatively genteel affairs, but THE SWEENEY exposed the raw side of street policing. Inspector Jack Regan (John Thaw of Inspector Morse fame) is a born cop and a stone predator in the crime jungle. He will bend the rules when necessary to achieve rough justice. His sidekick George Carter (Dennis Waterman) often calls his methods into question, but is always ready when the scrap is on.

Rather than dissect every episode and angle, let me just say that if you cherish great acting, strong casting, inventive plotting and tasty style, THE SWEENEY will afford you many hours of pleasure. The dialog will, at times, require a US viewer to listen attentively. Once you've watched a few episodes and gotten into the London and Manchester argot, it becomes easier. I could wish for an English subtitle track in future series however. It's been a lifesaver with Life on Mars: Series 1 [Region 2] where it can get a bit thick."
And About Time Too!!!
Tony Williams | Carbondale, Il United States | 08/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"THE SWEENEY was one of the great TV cop series from Euston Films of the 1970s. As one reviewer noted, before John Thaw was Inspector Morse he was Jack Regan. I've got all the sets from England and hope the rest will be issued in the USA, especially with the audio-commentaries and introduction from featured actors who often say something like, "When the Sweeney was on everybody made a point of watching in and it was an honor to appear in the show. You can't say the same about anything on British TV now (this was pre-LIFE ON MARS and NEW TRICKS). They are not exaggerating!

Dennis Waterman, one of the NEW TRICKS team, went on to appear as Terry in the long running Euston series MINDER. It was a shame that PBS never showed these series in the USA since they were really innovative and much better than Guy Ritchie's awful "mockney" British gangster films. THE SWEENEY was an inspiration for LIFE ON MARS now being adapted (and obviously ruined!!!) for American TV.

Enjoy this series which has finally reached this side of the pond and give PBS programmers "a good kicking" (as Regan and George Carter would say) for not transmitting it earlier."