Flying Squad, The

The nickname of group of police detectives on the British syndicated series THE SWEENEY/SYN/1974-78.

Based at New Scotland Yard in London, “The Flying Squad” was an elite team of trained police detectives consisting of John Thaw as Inspector Jack Regan, Dennis Waterman as Sgt. George Carter and Garfield Morgan as Chief Inspector Haskins.

The term “Flying Squad” was Cockney rhyming slang for the murderous Sweeney Todd, a notorious British serial killer.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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