Monday, April 13, 2020

The Sweeney: Must See TV is Right

In 2005, ITV aired a tribute program on the classic old British 'copper' show The Sweeney, which was 'must see TV' before that term entered the vernacular.

Presented by Bradley Walsh, The Sweeney: Must See TV overviews the classic programme's influence on later UK television: the gritty stories and production techniques, and the portrayal of copper-blood characters by series leads John Thaw and Dennis Waterman.

The doc's viewers can be forgiven if they think: "What did the real Flying Squad make of the dramatic television version?" Well, it answers that, too. You may be surprised by what some former squad members have to say about The Sweeney (1975 - 1978).

Most enlightening.

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