Special Branch

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There was some discussion of the series in another thread (The Sandbaggers?) so for those who were curious about it, some news.

Talking Pictures TV will be showing the series, from episode one, from August 26th

It is well worth checking out and sticking with, even though it can be slightly hard going at times and hasn't dated too well.
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Thanks for the heads up, I've always been curious about the series, but I've never seen it. I won't be expecting it to be of Callan quality, though.
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It's really two different series, linked only by the name - the first two seasons with Derren Nesbit and Fulton McKay, produced by Thames, and the last two with George Sewell and Patrick Mower produced by Euston Films.

The first two series are pretty decent, the Euston films ones... Okay but even they thought that they were absolute tosh, hence they cancelled it and produced The Sweeney instead.
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Just came across this thread.

I am currently having a rewatch of Special Branch, from start to finish.

Series is very patchy, with equally there being strong and weak episodes.

First two series are very studio bound, and wordy, very little action, more procedural, the lead changes in the first few episodes of series 1, which seems odd for a new show.

I think it's one to try on Talking Pictures rather than a punt on DVD purchase.

Not in same league as Callan, Public Eye or Sweeney, but still a nice show for those that enjoy multi camera studio stuff - series 3/4 did move to film and location)

As the wooksta states, it is two different shows, with series 3 employing new regulars and a different pace and direction. Some view it as a taster for the Sweeney.
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