After witnessing Messrs Clarkson and Hammond lay waste to the set on a recent episode of “Top Gear”, I confess to being a little bewildered by the idea of a modern reboot of classic British TV cop drama, “The Sweeney”.
If it means anything to a modern audience, I would imagine that the show’s lasting legacy is inspiring the character of boorish, unreconstructed seventies copper Gene Hunt in “Life on Mars“ and “Ashes to Ashes“. Is the notion of a B.S. averse, rule-flouting cop really going to appeal to the kind of multiplex audience who makes a film a hit and who may, you know, not exactly be the biggest fans of Her Majesty’s Police Service?
Lots of villains getting a slap, break-neck car chases, incongruously posh Hayley Atwell feeling collars and sleek cityscapes right out the Michael Mann visual playbook – if I were going to make “The Sweeney” for a contemporary audience, this is probably how I’d do it too. On first glance, I’m not sure how Ben Drew (aka Plan B) is going to do in his mainstream acting debut, but then I’m very old and not up to speed with the young youths and ting.
“The Sweeney” will be bursting through your front door and urgently requesting that you desist in taking liberties on 21 September 2012.