Shut It The Inside Story Of The Sweeney
The Sweeney broke the mould for British cop shows. Until it was broadcast, they'd been rather stolid, sometimes quaint, dramas like Dixon of Dock Green, Z-Cars and Softly, Softly about policemen - or even bobbies: not cops. They were about upholding the law: not breaking it: about smart blue uniforms, not kipper ties and long hair. They were about preventing or punishing violence - not about inflicting it with pleasure on villains.