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The Sweeney - Series 3 - Complete [1975] [DVD]

John Thaw , Dennis Waterman , Christopher Menaul , David Wickes    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan, Norman Jones, John Lyons
  • Directors: Christopher Menaul, David Wickes, Douglas Camfield, Mike Vardy, Terry Green
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Sep 2005
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ADY4M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,175 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

All thirteen episodes from the third series of the gritty, influential British police television drama. Regan (John Thaw) and Carter (Dennis Waterman), elite cops serving on the Met's Flying Squad, bring a no-holds-barred approach to their police work, taking on underworld villains with violent results. In this series the duo have to deal with a personal vendetta, go undercover to investigate possible police corruption, and foil a bank robbery being plotted by two ex-cons. Episodes are: 'Selected Target'; 'In From the Cold'; 'Visiting Fireman'; 'Tomorrow Man'; 'Taste of Fear'; 'Bad Apple'; 'Sweet Smell of Succession'; 'May'; 'Down to You Brother'; 'Payoff'; 'Loving Arms'; 'Lady Luck' and 'On the Run.'

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get yer Trousers on... and buy this now 12 Aug 2004
By Sully
Fantastic series of box sets, this is the third season of sweeney, with decent extras, interviews with guest stars from certain episodes, all digitally remastered, still full of gritty 70s "realism". the two episodes featuring psycho Tim Cook played by the great George Sweeney are particuarly memorable and worth buying just for these. You will not regret buying this set,especially at amazon price- just over two quid an episode!!.. roll on season four, network just need to release dempsey & makepeace now to make my day!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!! 12 Aug 2004
Well done Network Video on this brilliant issue of the Sweeney series 3 ! , this to my mind is one of the best cop shows.With the brilliant John Thaw as tough (get yeah trousers on) Jack Regan and street fighter Dennis Waterman as Carter.This series takes on a softer edge with more comedy and less violence.But is better for it with even stronger story lines with more action.There are many guest stars of high quality in some of the best episodes.
Haskins still has his work cut out to keep Regan in check but has respect for Regan.The Dvd's offer excellent value with a raft of extras from Guest cast intro's to the Sweeney Annual PDF.The re-mastering has been done very well making the show almost seem brand new.The only minor gripe is the size of the display box which is hard to store.And would be better in a compact 4 DVD box to my mind , but this is only being pedantic.So come on Network Video lets see Series 4 issued very soon please !!! or your Nicked !!.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars as good as the first two sets...good extras too! 12 Aug 2004
By Mr. S. R. Dhain VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
By series 3 , the hard-drinking, swearing, rule breaking "heavy mob" were really in their stride.
The only reason this review isn't long, is because I cannot find any fault with this as AN OVERALL PACKAGE (there are one or two weak episodes), because even most of the extra included "bits 'n' pieces" are absolutely brilliant.
Furthermore, seeing some familiar looking faces pop-up as guests or even extras always raises a smile. For those of you who own the other sets, watch out for how the same extras keep turning up as henchmen, and bank managers etc. Maybe the acting pool to dip in from in the 70's was a bit shallow? (Some of them have hilarious difficulties with accents too! All that RADA Training, etc etc..)
I only have one reservation. The extra included morcambe and wise sketch (from their xmas special circa 1976) is horrendously dated, and not really that funny. But as mentioned earlier, the package overall is pure class.
I await the final installment..
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5.0 out of 5 stars action, humour. fags and drink! 12 Aug 2004
Luckily for me we live in the era of repeats as i am too young to remember this series. Jack Regan and George Carter are played superbly by John Thaw and Dennis Waterman. They are two hardened cops on the edge. Smoking, drinking constantly but always ready for a good punch up, and a good chat up line! They share ups, downs and more downs but always come back fighting. Although occasionaly tampering with the rules, they seek justice. And dont care what it takes to get it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sweeney Series 3 -Shut It! 20 Jun 2012
The creation of Ian Kennedy-Martin, the third series of the Sweeney hit TV screens in mid 1976, and picked straight up where Series 2 had left off. Based around the Metropolitan Police's real life team the Flying Squad, a team dedicated to preventing big figure robberies or catching the perpetrators of such, it was a tough and gritty drama that showed the ugliness of the criminals, and of some of the police trying to catch them. It was a ground breaking step away from the tweeness of things like Dixon of Dock Green and Z-cars. There was no black and white here, there were policemen who were almost as bad as the villains and villains who were likeable and in a strange way sometimes have a better sense of morals than the police. It was this intelligent approach to showing the various shades of grey rather than just heroes and villains that set it apart.

The bedrock of the series is John Thaw as Regan and Dennis Waterman as his sidekick Carter. They made a great on screen team. Regan is an old fashioned thief taker, not too worried about the rules as long as he gets a result. For all the ugly methods he is willing to employ, he has a very strong moral compass - stealing is wrong, and those who steal should be in jail. Constantly in tension with his superiors (in the form of Garfield Morgan's delightfully played slightly stuffy Haskins), it seems as though he has to fight both his own side and the villains to get a result. Carter is a likeable sidekick, tough, intelligent, and with a different sense of right and wrong that allows his to keep some of Regan's excesses in check. But with the same dedication to keeping villains off the streets.

The series was filmed on film, on location and in vivid colour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic sweeney 3 6 Jun 2011
The Sweeney has been long hailed as a milestone in British TV history for its quality acting and direction. And the series proves that is true when you realise that it still looks good after all these years. This is an excellent DVD set. The whole thing has been digitally restored and looks and sounds great.
I personally don't like this show as much as shows made by ITC but it clearly does have very good scripts, acting and production. It is still entertaining nearly 40 years after it was made.
Taking its name from the Cockney rhyming slang for flying squad, (Sweeney Todd) this is one of televisions most physical cop shows. It features crook thumping detectives Reagan and Carter. They race around London in their gold coloured Ford Granada. Reagan has little time for rules and regulations and is always in conflict with his superiors. He is a heavy drinker and is always in bed with another woman. Understandably he is estranged from his wife. Carter is the rookie who is reliable and tough.
The show was made at a time when the police did not record interviews with criminals. This is reflected in the show and these fictional characters use no nonsense and brutal methods to get a result.
The show used a former Flying Squad officer, (Jack Quarrie) to advise the scriptwriters. It was also claimed that the real police had such officers as Reagan and Carter and it raised public controversy over the reality of police methods and ethics.
The show has swearing and violence but it also has humour. Two feature films were also made as a spin off from the series. The Sweeny ended in 1978.

This is a classic British TV series and the DVD set is well presented.
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