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John Thaw arrests Lesley Ann Down

Postby stuart.uk » June 11th, 2009, 11:06 am

I just thought I'd post this link. It's John Thaw in is other great tv creation other than Morse. He's Inspector Jack Regan from The Sweeney, otherwise known as The Flying Squad

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToPW6wLD3AY[/youtube]

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Re: John Thaw arrests Lesley Ann Down

Postby movieman1957 » June 11th, 2009, 12:43 pm

Another British production I don't know anything about.
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Re: John Thaw arrests Lesley Ann Down

Postby stuart.uk » June 12th, 2009, 9:45 am

Chris

I think one of the reasons The Sweeney was never shown in America on tv or on the big screen, as there were two good movie spin-offs was because of the level of violence shown. It was made in the mid 70s and if i remember right cop shows in the U.S at the time were being forced to crack down on it's violent content. I think Starsky And Hutch was a show that possibly suffered as a result

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The Sweeney - ITV DramaThe official ITV home of The Sweeney. Visit itv.com for great drama

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Re: John Thaw arrests Lesley Ann Down

Postby moira finnie » June 12th, 2009, 3:06 pm

Hi Stuart,
Thanks for anything you post on the fine actor, John Thaw, whose characterizations were always compelling, (and often quite humorous). A nagging question for you, Stu:
Whatever happened to Lesley Ann Down?

She was exquisite, and seemed poised for a major career after her breakthrough small screen role here in Upstairs, Downstairs and later in the movies opposite Sean Connery in The Great Train Robbery (1979). Thanks!
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Re: John Thaw arrests Lesley Ann Down

Postby Hollis » June 15th, 2009, 7:12 am

Good morning,

I have to take exception to the statement that Starsky and Hutch suffered as a result of the crackdown on television violence in the 1970's. Starsky and Hutch suffered primarily from having been produced and featuring bad scripts and terrible acting. The car they drove was the most interesting thing about the show!

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Re: John Thaw arrests Lesley Ann Down

Postby moira finnie » June 15th, 2009, 4:05 pm

Hollis wrote:Good morning,

I have to take exception to the statement that Starsky and Hutch suffered as a result of the crackdown on television violence in the 1970's. Starsky and Hutch suffered primarily from having been produced and featuring bad scripts and terrible acting. The car they drove was the most interesting thing about the show!

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LOL. Some of us just watched it for a glimpse of the alleged brooding magnetism of Paul Michael Glaser--not to mention the cogent, realistic scripts. That show always seemed to be interchangeable with Baretta to me. Except they didn't have the bird. Well they did have Huggy Bear (poor Antonio Vargas).
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Re: John Thaw arrests Lesley Ann Down

Postby ChiO » June 15th, 2009, 5:54 pm

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.

That show always seemed to be interchangeable with Baretta to me.


Say it ain't so, Moira. I know that Starsky & Hutch had that dreamy David Soul, he of the mega-hit, but Robert Blake...ROBERT BLAKE! Oh, and Tom Ewell! Not to mention a who's who of guest appearances, from Burt Young to Strother Martin...and Timothy Carey!!!

Plus, Mr. Blake, I believe, was the only person in history who could always find a legit parking spot in front of the NYC building he was going into.

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