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Regan (Armchair Cinema ITV 4 Jun 1974, John Thaw, Dennis Waterman)

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Officially an entry in the Armchair Cinema anthology series Regan serves as a very effective pilot for The Sweeney. Regan investigates when a fellow copper is murdered.

Regan knows he needs to get his old oppo, George Carter, who is now working for Division, back in the Squad. He knows the South London area better than any other copper. George is initially a bit wary of getting back involved with Regan but agrees to help out.

Officially Regan and Carter are not even supposed to be investigating the case, a different squad altogether are handling the investigation. But the dead man, Cowley, was from Regan’s squad and Jack wants the men responsible.

Meanwhile Jack’s ex-wife is thinking of remarrying, however she wants him to continue paying the mortgage on their house because her fiancee Peter has an ex-wife and two kids of his own to continue supporting.

Regan aired on the Tuesday 4 June whilst another Thaw series, Thick As Thieves, premiered the same week on Saturday 1 June. This was a Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais series that co-starred the fabulous Bob Hoskins. It probably would have lasted more than one season were it not for The Sweeney.

The very first words uttered by Regan in the film is the classic “get your trousers on, you’re nicked.” It’s the quote that has become most indelibly associated with The Sweeney but in actual fact it was first uttered by Patrick Mower in an episode of fellow Thames-Euston series Special Branch called Date of Birth that aired a couple of months earlier on 11 April.

Stephen Yardley plays a cop here, he was a regular on many a 1970’s TV series but usually played a villain. Besides Yardley there are lots of other familiar faces too including Morris Perry (a Special Branch regular in it’s early days), Maureen Lipman is Regan’s occasional girlfriend and shirt ironer, David Daker is the nasty Tusser and Don Henderson has a minor role as heavy in a strip club.

production details
ITV – Thames / 1×90 minute episode / Broadcast Tuesday 4 June 1974 at 8.30pm

Writer: Ian Kennedy-Martin / Producer: Ted Childs / Director: Tom Clegg

Series: Armchair Cinema Episode 2 / The Sweeney Pilot

cast
John Thaw as D.I. Jack Regan
Dennis Waterman as D.S. George Carter
Lee Montague as Arthur Dale
Garfield Morgan as D.C.I. Haskins
David Daker as Tusser
Janet Key as Kate Regan
Maureen Lipman as Annie
Morris Perry as D. Supt Maynon
Stephen Yardley as D.I. Laker
Barry Jackson as Morton
Miquel Brown as Miriam
Peter Blythe as Peter
Carl Rigg as D.S. Kent
Michael Da Costa as South
Ron Pember as Landlord
Jonathan Elsom as Interviewer
Betty Woolfe as Mrs Berry
Seymour Matthews as Doctor
Don Henderson as Strip club heavy
Nancy Gabrielle as Johno’s Wife
Del Baker as D.S. Cowley

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Copper’s End (ITV 1971, Bill Owen, Josephine Tewson)

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Sitcom Coppers End was very much from the Will Hay  (and Ask A Policeman in particular) school of comedy; When the series began the boys at the station led by Sergeant Stan Short, had the art of doing nothing down to a tee, so much so that they were even able to hire out their squad car for all manner of weddings, driving lessons and even stock car racing. All until the arrival of the super efficient W.P.S. Penny Pringle that is.

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BILL OWEN as Sgt Sam Short
RICHARD WATTIS as PC Eddie Edwards
GEORGE MOON as PC Chipper Collins
JOSEPHINE TEWSON as WPS Penny Pringle
ROYCE MILLS as PC Dinkworth
GEORGE MOON as Ch Supt Ripper

crew details
Creator: Ted Willis
Producer: Shaun O’Riordan
Director: John Sichel

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: ITV – ATV
Duration: 13×25 minute episodes
Aired From: 19 February – 14 May 1971

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Conjugal Rights (ITV 1993-1994, Gwen Taylor, Michael Williams)

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Conjugal Rights

Sitcom Conjugal Rights detailed the ups and downs of middle-class, middle-aged married couple Gen and Barry.

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GWEN TAYLOR as Gen
MICHAEL WILLIAMS as Barry
STEPHEN MOORE as Philip
CORDELIA BUGEJA as Gillian
MAGGIE HENDERSON as Pam
WARREN MITCHELL as Voice of Toby the Dog (Season 1)
CHRIS ELLISON as Voice of Toby (Season 2)

crew details
Writer: Roger Hall
Producers: Humphrey Barclay, Justin Greene

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: ITV – Granada – Humphrey Barclay
Duration: 13×25 minute episodes
Aired From: 16 April 1993 – 17 June 1994

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Christmas Story, A (Fox 2017, Maya Rudolph, Matthew Broderick)

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A Christmas Story Fox 2017

A three-hour live television event, inspired by the holiday classic feature “A Christmas Story” and the Tony Award-nominated Broadway production “A Christmas Story: The Musical.”

Executive-produced by award-winning film, television and theater producer Marc Platt (“Grease: Live,” “La La Land”). The epic adaptation is filmed at the historic Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.

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Maya Rudolph as Mother Parker
Matthew Broderick as Ralphie as an Adult
Jane Krakowski as Miss Shields
Chris Diamantopoulos as Old Man Parker
Santino Fontana as Off Camera Vocalist
Ana Gasteyer as Mrs. Schwartz
Andy Walken as Ralphie Parker
Laura Dickinson as Off Camera Vocalist
Sacha Carlson as Scut Farkus
Jessica Fontana as Off Camera Vocalist
Abigail Dylan Harrison as Louise
Artyon Celestine as Richie
Sammy Ramirez as Schwartz
Elie Samouhi as Grover Dill
Chris Mann as Off Camera Vocalist

crew details
Writers and Executive Producers: Jonathan Tolins, Robert Cary
Executive Producers: Marc Platt, Adam Siegel, Alex Rudzinski
Director and Executive Producer: Scott Ellis

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: Fox – Warner Horizon Television
Duration: 1×180 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 17 December 2017 at 7.00pm

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