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The Sweeney (ITV Series, John Thaw, Dennis Waterman)


The Sweeney: The Sweeney is a 1970s British television police drama focusing on two members of the Flying Squad, a branch of the Metropolitan Police specialising in tackling armed robbery and violent crime in London. The programme’s title derives from Sweeney Todd, which is Cockney rhyming slang for “Flying Squad”.

The programme was shot entirely on 16mm film by Thames Television’s film division, Euston Films. It originally aired on ITV between 2 January 1975 and 28 December 1978 in the 9-10pm weekday slot with repeated showings at the same time until the early 1980s. It starred John Thaw as Detective Inspector Jack Regan, and Dennis Waterman as his partner Detective Sergeant George Carter. Such was its popularity in the UK that it spawned two theatrically released feature film spin-offs, Sweeney! and Sweeney 2.

CAST
John Thaw Det. Insp. Jack Regan
Dennis Waterman Det. Sgt. George Carter
Garfield Morgan Haskins

CREW
Creator Ian Kennedy Martin

UK / ITV / 53×60 minute episodes / Premiere Date: 1975, January 02 / Ended: 1978-12-28

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Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned (ITV, David Baddiel, Frank Skinner)

Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned: Baddiel and Skinner unplanned was a free-form talk show hosted by British comedians/personalities David Baddiel and Frank Skinner and produced by Avalon Television. Its concept was developed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and had a run in the West End at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2001.

The show features the two hosts sitting on a couch on-stage and responding to questions from the audience — at times rather seriously, but usually with bizarre digressions into satirical comedy. An audience member is chosen as “Secretary” and has the job of keeping a note of the topics covered on a white board. In practice, the personality of the secretary will also prompt many jokes — usually at his or her expense. At the end of the show, Skinner asks either the secretary or the audience to choose between two song books, and to pick a page number between 1 and 20. This process determines which song is performed by the duo, sung by Skinner with Baddiel accompanying him on piano.

Topics of discussion are wholly mandated by the audience and have ranged from discussions of the war against Iraq and other political events to comments on the latest plot twists of popular soap operas and the Atkins diet. Skinner’s Catholicism and Baddiel’s Jewish faith are also occasional targets of humour.

CAST
David Baddiel
Frank Skinner

UK / ITV / 61×30 minute episodes / Premiere Date: 2000-05-28 / Ended: 2005-09-14

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Vanity Fair (ITV, Olivia Cooke, Tom Bateman)

Picture from Vanity Fair.

Vanity Fair: In a world where everyone is striving for what is not worth having, no one is more determined to climb to the heights of English society than Becky Sharp.

CAST
Olivia Cooke Becky Sharp
Tom Bateman Rawdon Crawley
Claudia Jessie Amelia Sedley
Johnny Flynn William Dobbin
Michael Palin William Makepeace Thackeray
Frances de la Tour Lady Matilda Crawley
Sian Clifford Martha Crawley
Martin Clunes Sir Pitt Crawley

CREW
Creators Gwyneth Hughes
Director James Strong
Director Jonathan Entwistle
Writer Gwyneth Hughes
Novel William Makepeace Thackeray
Producer Julia Stannard
Original Music Composer Isobel Waller-Bridge

UK / ITV / 7×48 minute episodes / Premiere Date: 2018-09-02 / Ended: 2018-10-07

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The Long Song (BBC One, Tamara Lawrance, Hayley Atwell)

Picture from The Long Song.

The Long Song: Set during the final days of slavery in 19th century Jamaica, we follow the trials, tribulations and survival of plantation slave July and her odious mistress Caroline.

CAST
Tamara Lawrance July
Hayley Atwell Caroline Mortimer
Jack Lowden Robert
Leo Bill John Howarth
Doña Croll July
Lenny Henry Godfrey
Jo Martin Hannah
Ayesha Antoine Molly

CREW
Creators
Novel Andrea Levy
Director of Photography Chloë Thomson



UK / BBC One / 3×180 minute episodes / Premiere Date: 2018-12-18 / Ended: 2018-12-20

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