The Sweeney
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The Sweeney

60 min (53 episodes)
Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama
IMDB rate:
2 nominations
Country: UK
Release Date: 1975-01-02
Filming Locations: Battersea, London, England, UK
Nick Brimble
Nick Brimble
The Sweeney
John Thaw
Det. Insp. Jack Regan
Dennis Waterman
Det. Sgt. George Carter
Garfield Morgan
Det. Chief Insp. Frank Haskins
Tony Allen
Bill the Driver
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Whenever there was a car chase which ended in a crash scene, the cars used would invariably be 3.8 litre 'S' type Jaguars. This is because the stunt drivers found them to be the safest cars to use. The same cars would be fixed up, resprayed and re-used a number of times.
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As the series debuted in 1975, the names of the main characters - Carter and Regan - are rather prophetic: the same (or very similar to) as two upcoming presidents of the USA, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.
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The interiors - squad office, interview rooms, prison cells - were filmed at Colet Court in Hammersmith which was the offices of Euston Films, the company which made The Sweeney (1975), Minder (1979) and The Professionals (1977). Most of the location filming was done within a radius of a mile of Colet Court.
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What's the jaunty theme music of Stackpole and McGruder, the two Australian con artists?
This is actually a sports broadcast tune called "Rugby Special" and can be found on the CD 'BBC Sporting Themes'. The Aussie con artists appeared in two episodes and the cheerful theme that accompanied them added a more lightwight element to the otherwise hard-edged show.
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Photos from cast
Nick Brimble Tony Anholt Lea Brodie Timothy Carlton Arthur Cox Lesley Dunlop Jonathan Elsom Kate Fahy