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 Post subject: The Old Bill And The Villains
PostPosted: Dec Wed 04, 2019 7:35 pm 
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I see Britbox will be carrying The Sweeney TV series starting Dec. 13. After seeing the British version of Life On Mars, i wanted to see the series that inspired the setting of the show. It is a good period cops and robbers show and a View of a different portion of the late John Thaws' range.

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 Post subject: Re: The Old Bill And The Villains
PostPosted: Dec Wed 04, 2019 8:54 pm 
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The sweeney is well worth watching, the stories are good, the punch up's look real, the car chases weren't made up either, Euston films, the company that produced the series were fortunate that London dock lands was derilict and available for filming, this provided a perfect backdrop for catching the bad guys.
Look out for the motors from the seventies, the bad guys mostly drive Jaguars,
oh and give me a fag gov, to go wiv me pint!


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 Post subject: Re: The Old Bill And The Villains
PostPosted: Dec Thu 05, 2019 7:44 pm 
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Cor, stroll on, mate. Iffin yer tak' too many pint, yer either orf to the loo, or the assizes and then the gaol.
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:D :D

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 Post subject: Re: The Old Bill And The Villains
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You're nicked my son!


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 Post subject: Re: The Old Bill And The Villains
PostPosted: Dec Thu 05, 2019 11:06 pm 
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Quite a lot of The Sweeney was shot in and around Hammersmith and Sheperd's Bush. Auntie's (the BBC) old stompin' ground. lol

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 Post subject: Re: The Old Bill And The Villains
PostPosted: Dec Thu 05, 2019 11:13 pm 
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Yeah but the Sweeney was shown on ITV, our other tv channel in the uk at the time.

"Nah, course I wasn't scared. Mind you, some bugger peed in my pants." (Taste of Fear).


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 Post subject: Re: The Old Bill And The Villains
PostPosted: Dec Thu 05, 2019 11:53 pm 
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Yes, The Sweeney was a Thames Television production, that's why it's kinda ironic that they were on location so close to the BBC at Wood Lane.

I don't know where you are Mike. I lived in Ealing (Queen of the Suburbs) for many years and used to catch the 220 bus from Hammersmith to the White City daily.

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 Post subject: Re: The Old Bill And The Villains
PostPosted: Dec Fri 06, 2019 12:04 am 
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Cockney rhyming slang : Sweeney Todd = Flying Squad :)

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 Post subject: Re: The Old Bill And The Villa
PostPosted: Dec Fri 06, 2019 12:27 am 
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Greg,
I live a little further north than Ealing, sunny Heartfordshire, not too far from John Steed and Emma Peel territory.

I remember that when the Sweeney was first shown it was reported to be too close to the real flying squad, maybe just an urban myth.

The car chases were filmed on closed roads, this gave added realism, plus the series was shot on 16mm movie film, so the picture quality is fairly good.

Remember the line " we're the Sweeney and we haven't had any dinner "


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We lived in South Ruislip from 1954 - 1957. Our next door neighbor was on the flying squad. The biggest problem in those days were "Teddy Boys,"

They never bothered me our dog was a German Sheperd (Alsatian) and he didn't like Teddy Boys, they crossed the street when we were out for a walk.

When we left in 1957, the Scotland Yard K9 unit (or whatever they called it) took him and trained him for their uses.

We enjoy Britbox and Acorn TV and all the British shows, especially the detective/cop stuff.

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