WATCH: Ray Winstone and Plan B In ‘The Sweeney’ Trailer

Ray Winstone and Ben Drew in The Sweeney

A week or so ago, we looked at British TV theme tunes, and in particular stopped to give extravagent praise to The Sweeney, the hard-boiled ’70s cop show where the police played by the same rules as the criminals and no one was safe from a back-hander or two.

Well, as if by magic, the trailer for the new film version of the show has emerged, starring Ray Winstone and Ben Drew (otherwise known to British music fans as Plan B) as Detectives Regan and Carter, the wayward crime-fighting duo that make Starsky and Hutch look like Ron and Hermione. And they’re joined by the equally legendary Damian Lewis, Steven Mackintosh and Hayley Atwell.

Here’s the trailer:

Oh and by all accounts (the Daily Mail) there’s even room for a cameo from Top Gear’s own Jeremy Clarkson.

The Sweeney is released in the UK on September 21.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2. He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage. Fraser invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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