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The Sweeney is a 1970s British television police drama focusing on two members of the Flying Squad, a branch of the Metropolitan Police specialising in tackling armed robbery and violent crime in London. The programme's title derives from Sweeney Todd, which is Cockney rhyming slang for "Flying Squad".

The programme was shot entirely on 16mm film by Thames Television's film division, Euston Films. It originally aired on ITV between 2 January 1975 and 28 December 1978 in the 9-10pm weekday slot with repeated showings at the same time until the early 1980s. It starred John Thaw as Detective Inspector Jack Regan, and Dennis Waterman as his partner Detective Sergeant George Carter. Such was its popularity in the UK that it spawned two theatrically released feature film spin-offs, Sweeney! and Sweeney 2.

  1. Ian Kennedy Martin

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Series Cast

  1. John Thaw

    John Thaw

    Det. Insp. Jack Regan

    53 Episodes

  2. Dennis Waterman

    Dennis Waterman

    Det. Sgt. George Carter

    53 Episodes

  3. Garfield Morgan

    Garfield Morgan

    Det. Chief Insp. Frank Haskins

    46 Episodes

  4. John Alkin

    DS Tom Daniels

    12 Episodes

  5. Martyn Read

    DC Jimmy Thorpe

    5 Episodes

  6. Morris Perry

    Det. Chief Supt. Maynon

    4 Episodes

  7. John Flanagan

    John Flanagan

    DS Matt Mathews

    3 Episodes

  8. Jennifer Thanisch

    Jennifer Thanisch

    Susie Regan

    3 Episodes

  9. James Warrior

    Det. Con. Jellyneck, Taffy

    3 Episodes

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The Sweeney

Season 4

1978 | 14 Episodes

Season 4 of The Sweeney premiered on September 7, 1978.

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Type Scripted

Original Language English

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