With access to the real players, and using extensive, dramatic reconstruction, this film illuminates 12 crime-ridden years in a world that seems far off Britain now, but is actually near-history. A world where the policing rules were very different. It explores the strangely ordered rules of the underworld where supergrasses were the only way to crack the gangs who were causing havoc in seventies Sweeney London. A London where guns were used in armed robberies every week, and the city felt like the wild west.
The film tells the stories of dramatic crimes and outrageous criminal characters. People like London's biggest bank robber and the first supergrass in 1972, Bertie Smalls, then Maurice O'Mahoney, armed robber and hard man who shopped hundreds of associates in 1976.
The film traces the emergence of the supergrass system in 1972, then follows it through its heyday years when the police thought they had found the key to stopping armed robbery on the streets, to the chaos of the system as it fell foul of different agendas within police ranks and the criminal fraternity.
Finally finding the man at the yard, Tony Lundy who managed to keep the system under control and become for a while the supergrass master. Tony Lundy breaks his silence to give his account for the first time. This programme contains some strong language. [S]