The remake movie might be coming in September, but for fans of the show, the big event that month is the release of The Sweeney – The Complete First Series on Blu-ray via Network DVD.
The BFI has been releasing volumes of archive footage from the Central Office of Information (COI), previously taking in the military, the police and classic design films (which we featured here). Now it's the turn of the public information film in COI Collection Vol 4: Stop! Look! Listen!
Released on 15th November, the DVD includes Mind How You Go (1973), with green cross code advice courtesy of Valerie Singleton; Drive Carefully Darling (1975), starring Frank Bough and a cast of ‘numskulls’; Apaches (1977), massacre on the farm from John MacKenzie, director of The Long Good Friday; Betcher! (1971), in which a young Keith Chegwin takes on a cycling challenge; Never Go With Strangers (1971), sinister stranger danger advice for children and Twenty Times More Likely (1979), where Gillian Taylforth’s first love ends tragically. You'll also find people like Michael Palin, John Challis, Colin Baker, Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits, Dick Emery and Reg Varney in there too.
This 2-disc set is accompanied by an illustrated booklet containing an introductory essay and comprehensive film notes and is available to pre-order now, priced at £11.99. See over the page for a full breakdown on content.