The Sweeney (1974–1978)
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After Regan's car is stolen with invaluable surveillance photos from a stakeout, the thief gives a heads-up to Sweeney's target.


Terry Green


Trevor Preston, Ian Kennedy Martin (creator) (as Ian Kennedy-Martin)

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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
Ian Hendry ... Dave Brooker
Brian Blessed ... Frank Kemble
Jill Townsend ... Jenny Peters
Colin Douglas Colin Douglas ... Commander
Alan Lake Alan Lake ... John Merrick
June Brown June Brown ... Mrs. Martin
Toni Palmer Toni Palmer ... Edi Driscoll
Ray Mort ... Bernard Driscoll
Angus MacKay Angus MacKay ... Alec Prosser
Leslie Sarony ... Soldier
Steve Gardner Steve Gardner ... Billy Martin
Colin Prockter Colin Prockter ... Stupid Hawes


Regan and Carter are conducting surveillance on gang of villains led by Frankie Kemble when Jenny, Regan's girl-friend, has her car stolen with all the information Regan has collated on Kemble inside it. Unfortunately the documents end up in Kemble's possession and Regan has to find another way to trap him. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama





Release Date:

2 January 1975 (UK) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Most of the locations that were used in this episode were in south-east London, around Peckham, rather than in west London, around Hammersmith and Kensington, close to the Colet Court production office, as for nearly all the other episodes. See more »


Edi Driscoll: Hey, how's that goldfish?
Det. Insp. Jack Regan: Next door's cat got it.
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Featured in Call the Cops: The Sweeney (2008) See more »


Condition Red
Written by Barry Stoller
From the Album "Formula Bite Hard: The Music De Wolfe Studio Sampler 1972 - 1980" Courtesy of De Wolfe Music and Barely Breaking Even Records
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17 June 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

While the BBC still persevered with Dixon of Dock Green who was just about to get a telegram from the Queen for 100 continuous years on the beat. Thames Television together with Euston Films smashed the image of the police in London's Flying Squad.

Hard to think that John Thaw was 33 years old when the pilot episode was broadcast. Regan and Carter pursued villains by using tough tactics and faster cars. Their Ford cars were no match when those villains drove away in Jaguars with sawn off shotguns.

New DCI Haskins is not comfortable with Regan doing his own thing. Regan is conducting surveillance on gangsters Dave Brooker and Frankie Kemble who were even respected by the Kray Twins. When Regan's girlfriend's car is stolen with the camera and information he has compiled in it. The villains get wind of what the police are up to. Regan and Carter need to race against time and stop the villains before their next job.

No subtleties here, Regan and Carter use a two fisted approach to get the job done. Actually Brooker and Kemble are more old school villains than just chamless violent thugs.

The show has plenty of location shooting, a feature of Euston Films productions. There is even some humour and a nice interplay between John Thaw and Dennis Waterman.

Just to rub the BBC's noses in it, Kemble is played by Brian Blessed, better known as PC Fancy in Z Cars. Look out for June Brown who would go on to become famous as Dot Cotton in Eastenders.

Cop shows would never be the same again in Britain. A year later Dixon was pensioned off and the BBC introduced Target in 1977. It was even more violent than The Sweeney.

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