The Sweeney (ITV 1974-1978 with John Thaw and Dennis Waterman)

UK / ITV – Thames – Euston / 52×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 1974-78

Creator: Ian Kennedy Martin / Theme Music: Harry South / Executive Producers: Lloyd Shirley, George Taylor / Producer: Ted Childs

Crime drama series. Get your trousers on, you’re nicked! This brilliant seventies series starred John Thaw and Dennis Waterman as Jack Regan and George Carter, two take no nonsense coppers working for the Flying Squad (which is where the title of the series comes from – Sweeney Todd is cockney rhyming slang for Flying Squad!).

The show heralded a new dawn in TV’s view of the police, this was the force without any gloss on it, typified by scenes of the boys drinking in the pub or routinely having major punch ups with the crooks they are out to catch.

JOHN THAW as Det Insp Jack Regan
DENNIS WATERMAN as Det Sgt George Carter
GARFIELD MORGAN as Ch Insp Frank Hoskins