- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Titan Books; 2nd edition (31 Aug. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1781164754
- ISBN-13: 978-1781164754
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2 x 23.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 398,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sweeney! The Official Companion (Updated Edition) Paperback – 31 Aug 2012
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About the Author
Robert Fairclough is the author of the acclaimed This Charming Man: The Life of Ian Carmichael. Along with Fairclough, Mike Kenwood was consultant on the best-selling CD Shut It! The Music of the Sweeney.
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Top Customer Reviews
Personally,I have great memories of the series as a youth, back in the 1970's.When proper villains wore nylon stockings over they're 'loaves of bread'.Sported grimy combat jackets and were usually armed with 'sawn-off' double-barreled 'shooters'!
Mr Ian Kennedy Martin, creator of 'The Sweeney' and a wealth of talented actors,stunt people,technicians and writers gave us a thrilling treat back then, and still to this very day...
My tolerant and fairly liberal minded parents would let me watch every episode on school nights.I always knew that the suitably melancholy end title music for 'The Sweeney' heralded the fact that it was time to go up the stairs for some 'Bo-peep. Then,the next school day was spent re-enacting the previous nights episode in the playground...anyway, enough of my childhood memories...
The foreword is a lovely recollection by D.S George Carter himself,Dennis Waterman. Writing with affection, about his experiences acting in the series, and working alongside the late,great John Thaw as 'D.I Jack Regan'.
After an introduction to the actors and characters from the series,the origins of 'The Sweeney'and a wonderfully researched history of the famous and now legendary production company, Euston films'.The reader is then presented with an episode guide,right from the pilot episode 'Regan', which was originally broadcast as an episode of the much lamented Thames Television series 'Armchair Cinema'.
This is not just a 'run-of-the-mill' episode guide folks! Oh no, it has the production team,transmission dates and times.The entire cast for every single episode and two 70's 'Sweeney' cinema releases.Read more ›
Each episode is listed with its individual cast list, story synopsis, on-screen quotes & any unusual info, plus the original ITV network screen dates.
We find out exactly how this classic series evolved, & those who paved the way to bring it to the screen. It makes for a fascinating insight into what became an instantly classic series which raised the bar for quality drama, production, directing, writing & realism. We also get to look at what Euston films did next, & how The Sweeney set the standards for TV as we know it today.
There are some rare photos included too, & a glossary of the various spin-offs & merchandise.
If the book had also included some of the locations used to film each episode (as in other similar books from filmed series), then it would be perfect! But this is only a minor gripe (& maybe something that could be considered at a later date).
It also affords perhaps too much respect for the disastrous 2012 feature film, which was in post-production when the revised edition I read was printed, but I guess we can forgive the authors & give them the benefit of the doubt on that!
All in all though, an excellent companion to a very special show - & a very useful book to delve into (as I've been doing each week) when viewing this wonderful series again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is excellent and is a great addition to the box set and films I already have.Published 8 months ago by Mr. S. Sampayo
Found a couple of errors (hence losing a star) but a great book nonethelessPublished 11 months ago by Richard