The Sweeney

The Sweeney (1975)

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. The series aired during a dark period for the real-life Flying Squad. In the late 1970s, the Flying Squad was publicly censured for being involved in bribery, police corruption and excessively close links with the criminal fraternity. Unlike the unwavering high standards seen in the fictional Sweeney, the actual commander of the Flying Squad, Detective Chief Superintendent Kenneth Drury was convicted of five counts of corruption and jailed for eight years on 7 July 1977. An internal investigation, called Operation Countryman, was then launched to stamp out more corruption. A further 12 officers were convicted and many others resigned.

  • Ian Kennedy Martin
Seasons: 1 2 3 4
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  • Release Date: 1975-01-02
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 60

Tim Wylton

Customs Man

Benjamin Whitrow

Det. Chief Supt. Braithwaite

Ernie Wise


Nicholas Smith


James Cosmo

Det. Sgt. Davy Freeth

Alfred Marks

Gerald Bishop

John Barrard


Patricia Franklin

Mrs. Perraut

Hywel Bennett

Steven Castle

James Aubrey

Horace Reynes

John Judd


Jonathan Blake

The Army Man

June Brown

Mrs. Martin

Robert Swann

Det. Sgt. David Keel

Joe Gladwin

Stanley Proctor

Lynda Bellingham

Nancy King

Garfield Morgan

Det. Chief Insp. Frank Haskins

Peter Halliday

Chief Insp. Gordon

Kate Fahy

WPC Julie Kingdom

Shaun Curry

Ronald Peters

Stanley Meadows

Harry Poole

Kenny Lynch

Roland Holder

Tony Selby

Johnny Lyon

Julian Glover

Bernard Stone

Del Henney

Eddie Boyse

John Hurt

Tony Grey

Peter Howell

Alan Sevier

Brian Capron


T. P. McKenna

Det. Supt. Grant

Sue Lloyd

Arleen Baker

Lesley Dunlop

Eileen Shaw

Godfrey James

Charley Smith

Ian Hendry

Dave Brooker

Vernon Dobtcheff

Harry Kretchmar

Michael Robbins

Kevin Lee

Patricia Maynard

Miss Doreen Alexander

Alan Tilvern

Charlie Walters

Roger Brierley


Gary Waldhorn

Alan Fowler

Christopher Ellison

Phillip Budd

Mona Hammond

Ann Robson

Steven Pacey

PC McKenna

Ronald Lacey

Barry Monk

Jeremy Sinden

Det. Con. Feast

George Cole

Dennis Longfield

Dennis Waterman

Det. Sgt. George Carter

John Challis

Skef Warren

Norman Jones

Det. Insp. Perraut

Carl Duering


J.G. Devlin

Tony Hay

Brian Hall

Ernie Davies

Bernard Kay


Shane Briant

Giles Nunn

Helli Louise

Girl in Pub

Gretchen Franklin

Florence, the Charlady

Peter Brayham

Johnno Smith

Dudley Sutton

Max Deller

Simon Callow

Detective Sergeant

John Nolan

Bernie Conway

Roger Hume


Nicola Pagett

Sara Prince

Sydney Tafler

Manny Bellow

Derek Francis

Raymond Meadows

John Woodnutt

Dr. Clare

Derek Martin


Barry Stanton

Otto Schmidt

John D. Collins

Stephen Vane

Arnold Diamond

Dr. Cohen

Peter Glaze

Joe Spratt

Kenneth Colley

Noah Riley

William Morgan Sheppard

Det. Chief Insp. Morrison

Warren Clarke

Danny Keever

Ronald Fraser

Titus Oates

Chris Webb


Henry Woolf

Jimmy Dancer

Michael Elphick

Jimmy Fleet

Roy Kinnear

Frankie Little

Tony Aitken

Shipping Clerk

Lesley-Anne Down

Caroline Selhurst

Peter Vaughan

Tony Kirby

Patrick Mower

Colin McGruder

Anna Wing

Mrs. Haldane

Edward de Souza

Prof. Frederick Busby

Keith Buckley

Jake Jenkins

Alex Norton


Ralph Nossek


David Sterne

Ted Parkin

Maureen Lipman

Mrs. Smedley

Nick Brimble

Det. Con. Gerry Burtonshaw

Brian Blessed

Frank Kemble

John Thaw

Det. Insp. Jack Regan

Glyn Owen

Wally Hough

Michael Culver

Dave Leeford

Nadim Sawalha

Capt. Shebbeq

Roy Boyd

Stan Traynor

Brian Wilde

Stanley Hedges

Albert Welling

PC Mike Seton

Carl Rigg

Det. Sgt. Kent

Bernard Gallagher

Desk Sergeant

Tony Anholt

Mark Colebrook

Alan David


Aubrey Morris

The Card Player

Mollie Maureen

The Old Woman

Norman Eshley

Det. Sgt. Robert Hargreaves

Ken Hutchison

Vincent Vaughan

Michael Sheard

Mr. Penketh

Peter Jeffrey

Det. Supt. Pringle

Toni Palmer

Edi Driscoll

Catherine Schell

Stella Goodman

Barrie Ingham

Det. Chief Supt. Canning

Roy Sampson

Uniformed Constable

Colin Campbell

Det. Insp. Terry Potter

Brian Gwaspari

Det. Sgt. Cree

Julian Holloway

John Smith
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