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The Sweeney

Year:
Duration:
60 min (53 episodes)
Genres:
Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama
IMDB rate:
8.2
Awards:
2 nominations
Details
Country: UK
Release Date: 1975-01-02
Filming Locations: Battersea, London, England, UK
Cast
Actor
Character
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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Trivia
Many of the famous catchphrases used by Regan and Carter (e.g., "Get your trousers on - you're nicked" and "We're The Sweeney, son, and we haven't had our dinner yet") were the result of the programme's researchers studying the way real members of the Flying Squad ("The Sweeney") talked when off-duty in pubs near New Scotland Yard.
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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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In several episodes, an ambulance featured in the plot. It was always the same vehicle, carrying the fictitious registration number SJA 374R, SJA 374S (The Sweeney: Loving Arms (1976)) or SJA 374T (The Sweeney: Bait (1978)), with the suffix letter changing according to the year of filming because it denotes the year of registration. SJA stands for St John Ambulance, who owned the vehicle, and 374 is 374 Division, based at Kingston Upon Thames.
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Faq
Q
What's the jaunty theme music of Stackpole and McGruder, the two Australian con artists?
A
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
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