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Sweeney! The Official Companion (Updated Edition) Paperback – 31 Aug 2012

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  • 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)

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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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I feel very privileged to review this wonderfully informative,nostalgic and updated edition of the book.

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.
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As a 45 year old long-term fan of The Sweeney I found this book to be ideal. The authors are, to my mind, very objectively accurate in their summing up of the four original TV series and the two 1970s films. The plots of all the original episodes are nicely detailed and the information about notable faces/actors in each episode is most welcome and fitting given the many great acting talents that graced the series. Messrs Thaw, Waterman and Morgan are also well covered. An absolutely essential purchase for any fan of the original show.
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The Sweeney Official Companion does exactly what it says on the cover - it makes for an excellent reference to the entire series, with backgrounds, biographies, & a full chronological write-up of each of the 4 series & 2 feature films.
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.
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A really excellent book and highly recommended of all fans of the best cop show on TV ever. Gives concise summaries and comments on all the episodes and on the main characters, as well as the films and the books. Well illustrated and even with an index of sorts. However, rather too kind on the modern film, which the author may not have seen, as it was pretty bad.Another minor point is a comment that all villains are right wing - Serial killer John Christie was a union rep and voted Labour. Cracking book, though and definitely makes one want to get the dvds out again and rewatch. Couldn't put this book down. Very good indeed.
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You want to know anything about The Sweeney. Get this book.
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Thanks, excellent guide. Perfect for my DVDs.
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Brilliant book for a Brilliant and timeless Program. it is very informative and a great and must read for any fan of The Sweeney.
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