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The Sweeney was a British television police drama focusing on two members of the Flying Squad, an elite branch of the Metropolitan Police Service specialising in combatting armed robbery and violent crime within the Metropolitan Police area in London. The programme title derives from Cockney rhyming slang, in which the expression Sweeney Todd rhymes with (and stands for) 'Flying Squad'.
The programme, made entirely on film by Thames Television's film division, Euston Films, was originally aired on ITV between 1975 and 1978, starring John Thaw as Detective Inspector Jack Regan and Dennis Waterman as 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. (Wikipedia)