Spooner’s Patch on DVD

In the 1970s, the public’s perception of the police began to suffer. The revelations about corruption in the Metropolitan Police in particular were very damaging, and this was reinforced by an increasingly harder edge to the fictionalised representations of the force on television. The Sweeney is an obvious example, but while its lead characters Regan and Carter sailed close to the wind, they generally came good in the end, and indeed the climax of the series featured Regan trying to clear his name of corruption.

It was Les Blair and GF Newman’s controversial 1978 series Law and Order that, if not the first, was the most high-profile show to portray police corruption as a widespread fact of life, but its influence led to…