The Sweeney (1974–1978)
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Hearts and Minds 

A burglar is found dead at the home of Professor Busby, though nothing appears to have been stolen. Government official Bellcourt tells Regan and Carter that Busby was working on pills to ... See full summary »


Mike Vardy




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Thaw ... Det. Insp. Jack Regan
Dennis Waterman ... Det. Sgt. George Carter
Garfield Morgan ... Det. Chief Insp. Frank Haskins
Eric Morecambe ... Eric Morecambe
Ernie Wise ... Ernie Wise
Edward Hardwicke ... Bellcourt
Edward de Souza ... Prof. Frederick Busby
George Mikell George Mikell ... Danilov
Caroline Blakiston ... Hildegarde
Jenny Quayle ... Wendy
Miles Anderson ... Hawkins
Jack Klaff ... Al Krim
John Moreno John Moreno ... Doad
Joseph Charles Joseph Charles ... Ulysses
Nicholas McArdle ... Tridgwell


A burglar is found dead at the home of Professor Busby, though nothing appears to have been stolen. Government official Bellcourt tells Regan and Carter that Busby was working on pills to relieve heart disease and that the burglary was no doubt masterminded by Danilov, the opponent of a head of state friendly to Britain - who would benefit from the pills. Busby goes on the run, entrusting his supply of pills to his girlfriend Wendy, who works with comedy duo Morecambe and Wise. They in fact end up with the pills - and are pursued by villains and Sweeney alike, ending in a very fishy climax. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama





Release Date:

23 November 1978 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In a way, this episode breaks the fourth wall: before a documentary centering on the doctor character, the famous Thames logo appears with it's signature intro-score: the same logo and music that opens each episode of The Sweeney. See more »


When Morecambe and Wise are doing their ventriloquist routine, the camera tracks behind the audience. Despite the sound of uproarious laughter from them, not one of them moves a muscle: it looks as if the laughter may have been dubbed on afterwards. See more »


[backstage at the club where Morecambe and Wise are performing, a troupe of scantily-clad dancing girls walk past Regan and Carter]
Det. Sgt. George Carter: [muttering lecherously, as each girl passes] I would. I would. I would.
[at the end of the line is a small, ugly, bandy-legged man]
Det. Insp. Jack Regan: [muttering] I wouldn't.
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Unseen Danger
Written by Steve Gray
From the album "Menace"
Courtesy of Bruxton Music
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Bring Me Sunshine Pills Everyday
27 June 2013 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise are the greatest comedy duo that Britain has ever produced and I'm at a slight loss to understand why . Certainly they were infinitely better than comedy double acts with two straight men such as Cannon and Ball and Little and Large who consciously tried to emulate the public affection held for Eric and Ernie by the British public . One perhaps can speculate that the good natured humour of the duo made for safe family entertainment in the 1970s , a decade that with hindsight was very much a cynical and violent era where television was concerned . THE SWEENEY personified this era perfectly where it became an instant classic

TV stars would clamber to get on the Morecambe And Wise Christmas specials and that included John Thaw and Dennis Waterman who appeared in the 1976 Christmas show . Returning the favour and highlighting that Morecambe and Wise had defected from the BBC to Thames TV this episode of THE SWEENEY has the duo appearing as themselves which makes for a very strange episode that doesn't really feel like an episode of the show . It's not meta-fictional send up but the episode starts with a brutal attempted burglary that sees a policeman seriously injured and a robber dead emulating the tough gritty aspect the show was famous for . The episode introduces a rather unconvincing plot involving international commie criminals trying to get their hands on a new super-drug and the episode climaxes on a tongue in cheek chase sequence with Eric and Ernie . Not to be taken seriously Hearts And Minds makes for one of the more memorable of the show while paradoxically isn't really a classic episode

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