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Cop dramas on UK tv.

Updated on March 16, 2016

Cop dramas then and now.

Regan and Carter from The Sweeney.
Regan and Carter from The Sweeney. | Source
Starsky and Hutch.
Starsky and Hutch. | Source
Bodie and Doyle from The Professionals.
Bodie and Doyle from The Professionals. | Source
Dirty Harry Callaghan.
Dirty Harry Callaghan. | Source
Crockett and Tubbs from Miami Vice.
Crockett and Tubbs from Miami Vice. | Source
Midsummer Murders.
Midsummer Murders. | Source
Frost from Frost.
Frost from Frost. | Source
Morse from Morse.
Morse from Morse. | Source
Broadchurch. | Source

Where have all the action cop shows gone?

Time was way back in the 70s and 80s you had cop dramas like Miami Vice, Starsky and Hutch, The Sweeney and The Professionals. All hard hitting manly cop shows but also with the characters being believeable as they had personal lives too that sometimes impacted on the work they did.

Most of the shows probably were cliched for their day and a little far fetched in places, however, the main theme was the good guys got the bad guys.

Now it seems the time of these type of action cop dramas are no more and what we have today is just as predictable and cliched as the cop dramas back then but in another vein.

In the UK we seem to be seeing dour and grim police dramas which started with series like Morse, Midsummer Murders, Frost. Now continuing in that grim and dour manner are cop shows like Luther, Vera, Broadchurch, Endeavour (the prequel to Morse) and Midsummer Murders (still continuing).

I know a lot of the above shows are popular usually amongst those in their 50's, 60's, and 70's and it seems there does seem to be something of the Agatha Christie type feature about many of these programmes which may attract them.

I'm not saying all people who watch these shows are of the above generations and I'm sure younger people watch them too. But it seems the people mainly all seem to be of the age groups I have mentioned above who spectate these shows.

These dour who dun it style cop shows are not for me although I admit on occasion when they come on I have watched them. That said I miss the action - adventure cop dramas where it was all car chases and fisty cuffs and shoot outs.

Cinema wise I have always been a fan of the 'Dirty Harry' series of films starring Clint Eastwood a no - nonsense non politically correct cop but took no crap even from his seniors and got the bad guy by hook or by crook with his infamous Smith and Wesson revolver by his side.

In many of the 70s and 80s cop dramas too in the Professionals and the Sweeney for example those programmes featured hard edged cops who would not be allowed to get away with the things they said and did in today's prudish politically correct world.

Will the genre of the hard edged copper like the programmes described in this article ever make a come back. Well right now I doubt it but if someone is brave enough to start writing a drama like those back in the 70 and 80s as an anti - dote to all these who dun it style programmes I wish them all the best.


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