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special weapons and tactics
on 19 February 2010
Of all the programmes I can remember from my childhood this one has to come top of the list.
I can remember being woken by the iconic siren heralding the start of the reruns. This was one of those late-night, post 11 o'clock, imported TV programmes; and I can remember sneaking downstairs at the first shriek of the siren that introduced the theme music at the start of the show.
The show followed the five men of the elite Special Weapons and Tactics unit (known as SWAT). The team was led by Lieutenant Dan "Hondo" Harrelson (Steve Forrest); and he was ably assisted by officer Jim Street (the late Robert Urich), Sgt Deacon "Deke" Kay (Rod Perry), Officer Dominic Luca (Mark Shera) and Officer TJ McCabe (James Coleman).
This box set contains the 13 episodes that made up the first season. There is no word on whether not the second season will be released.
SWAT was a series that was ahead of its time, and was originally cancelled because of its excessive violence - there was an objection to the use of guns and snipers in a police drama about a team that goes into "situations too dangerous for even the police to handle".
The series is only available on US region 1, however, this is not an embedded DVD box set so will play on a region two player - it is the equivalent of the region 0 or region free.
If like me you have vague recollections of this from your childhood then I can recommend this box set to you, though it is not as violent as many of the programmes that we see now it is still an outstanding series.