Iconic British crime series, The Sweeney, set the tone for all future crime drama, and was the first TV programme to show police as fallible, cut-throat heroes, with a disregard for authority. Followed by Life On Mars, a TV show clearly influenced by The Sweeney’s 1970s style. John Simm stars as DCI Sam Tyler who travels back in time to 1973. TV Dinner screenings featured classic television at dinner time in the cosy atmosphere of the Tyneside Coffee Rooms at the Tyneside Cinema.
The Sweeney, Dir. Ian Kennedy Martin, ITV, UK, 1975-78, 60mins.
Life On Mars, BBC, UK, 2006-7, 60mins
Sat 1 March 2008, 8.15pm
Tyneside Coffee Rooms
Gateshead Old Town Hall
Gateshead NE8 1HE