Here's the bombastic opening theme which scores of schoolkids back in the day (those allowed to stay up late that is) would sing along in playgrounds up and down the country as "The Sween-eeeeey! The Sween-eeeey! Dat-dat-dah-dah-dah-dah-du-dooby-doo! The Sween-eeeey! The Sween-eeeey!" etc etc
You knew instantly what to expect from that opening theme and titles. A world of casual violence, racism and sexism (a world otherwise known as the 1970s) as our heroes chase down 'big tickles' from snouts and scumbags in The Smoke.
However 50 minutes later and you realised that often all was not right with the world, and never would be. South's melancholic score that played the show out really hits the right note. The vibrancy and hope of the opening has been quashed to reveal the good guys don't always win - or at least not as they'd have liked - and that tomorrow's another shitty day, with only a hangover and the liquid concrete coffee from the squad's vending machine to sustain you. It's actually the version I prefer more
Lastly, South's original full theme - complete with mad jazzed up middle section!
Phew, Dennis Waterman didn't sing da feem toon this time around!
Harry South (1929-1990) was a familiar name in the world of TV and film in the 70s and 80s, his style of jazz often going hand in hand with the more seamier world of entertainment with sexploitation films such as Can You Keep It Up For A Week? and School For Sex and London set dramas such as The Chinese Detective (another police series) and the excellent cardsharp drama Big Deal