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British director Tom Clegg had a hand in more than a dozen episodes of "The Sweeney," a seminal 1975-78 ITV cop drama. Featuring John Thaw and Dennis Waterman as partners who did whatever it took (not always within the confines of the law) to bring in the bad guys, the show was one of the first to translate to the small screen the celebrated aesthetic and pacing of '60s and '70s U.K. gangster films. Two decades later, Clegg forged a prolific and highly successful partnership with actor Sean Bean, guiding him in a number of TV miniseries about the adventures of a 19th-century British sergeant, Sharpe. Based on a popular series of novels by Bernard Cornwell, the 14 adventures began in '92 with "Sharpe's Rifles" and took a break for nearly a decade in 1997 with "Sharpe's Waterloo," but returned again in 2006 with Sharpe's Challenge. In the interem, Clegg teamed with Bean for another historical drama, 1999's "Bravo Two Zero," the true story of a British Special Forces member's experience of the Gulf War. All were done once again for ITV, a network for which Clegg has made much memorable entertainment.
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