The Sweeney (1974–1978)
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Selected Target 

Cell-mates Titus Oates and Colly Kibber plan a robbery together whilst they are in prison. However, when they are released, they stage a dramatic fight to give Regan the impression that ... See full summary »

Director:

Tom Clegg

Writers:

Troy Kennedy-Martin (as Troy Kennedy Martin), Ian Kennedy Martin (creator) (as Ian Kennedy-Martin)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Thaw ... Det. Insp. Jack Regan
Dennis Waterman ... Det. Sgt. George Carter
Lee Montague ... Colly Kibber
Ronald Fraser ... Titus Oates
James Aubrey ... Horace Reynes
Peter Schofield Peter Schofield ... Det. Chief Supt. Boothroyd
Maureen Lipman ... Mrs. Smedley
Jonathan Elsom Jonathan Elsom ... Mr. Bradshaw
Basil Dignam ... Moberly
Deirdre Costello Deirdre Costello ... Gwen Kibber
Roger Hammond ... Finch
Judy Matheson ... Kibber's Girlfriend
Bill Treacher ... Tom
Hugh Martin ... Murray
Annie Lambert ... Air Hostess
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Cell-mates Titus Oates and Colly Kibber plan a robbery together whilst they are in prison. However, when they are released, they stage a dramatic fight to give Regan the impression that they have fallen out with each other. Regan trails Kibber, believing that he may have killed Oates, but this is just the diversion the two villains are looking for, leaving Oates to put the criminal plan into place. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1976 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Finch: I can't handle a man like Reynes. You can do whatever you like. My job is behind a desk.
Titus Oates: It's strange, isn't it? So often creatures without backbones have the hardest shells.
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Soundtracks

Helicop
Written by Alan Tew
From the album "Drama Suite I: The Hanged Man"
Courtesy of Themes International Music and DC Records
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Trivia with a sense of history
22 October 2006 | by BlueGuildSee all my reviews

In the 1976 episode of The Sweeney titled "Selected Target", Lee Montague's role is that of Colly Kibber, the same name as the murdered journalist and central character in the 1947 classic prototype British gangster film "Brighton Rock". In Graham Green's original novel this character was named Colley Cibber, after the 18th Century English actor/playwright. Some inexperienced script assistants on the '47 film mis-spelled the name with Ks instead of Cs. Now that The Sweeney is out on DVD it would seem that the spelling error has been perpetuated, at least in part, for almost 60 years to a whole new generation of viewers. It seems a nice compromise between putting the spelling back to what it should have been, while paying tribute to one of the great British thrillers.

In the same episode, Ronald Fraser's character and "Colly Kibber's" partner in crime, is called "Titus Oates", named for the 17th Century perjurer, traitor and sodomite and the man voted "The worst Briton of the 17th Century" and "The third worst Briton of all time" behind Jack The Ripper and British Nazi leader Oswald Moseley.

"Selected Target" is a highly enjoyable and very cleverly plotted episode from The Sweeney's 3rd season.


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