The Sweeney (1974–1978)
Regan clashes with an arrogant police superintendent when a crime kingpin is allowed to leave the country and go to France.


Tom Clegg


Troy Kennedy-Martin (as Troy Kennedy Martin), 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
Alfred Marks ... Gerald Bishop
Peter Jeffrey ... Det. Supt. Pringle
Morris Perry ... Det. Chief Supt. Maynon
Brian Glover ... Moose
Bill Dean ... Charlie Norton
Brian Wilde ... Stanley Hedges
John Flanagan John Flanagan ... DS Matt Mathews
Maurice O'Connell Maurice O'Connell ... Morgan
Martin Read Martin Read ... DC Jimmy Thorpe
Margaret Nolan ... Betty
Ivan Beavis ... Sergeant
Bridget Brice ... Secretary


When villain Gerald Bishop skips the country to hide in France, he leaves behind his dog Archimedes. Regan believes that the dog can be used as a bait for which Bishop will return and has it put into a dog pound. However, associates of Bishop spirit it away and it is a race to see who can locate the dog first. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama







Release Date:

16 January 1975 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Det. Insp. Jack Regan: Did anyone recall Thorpe?
DS Matt Mathews: From the dogs' home, you mean?
Det. Insp. Jack Regan: Yeah, you did put Thorpe onto the kennels, didn't you?
Det. Sgt. George Carter: Yeah, but you haven't told me to take him off.
Det. Insp. Jack Regan: Yeah I know I didn't tell you to, but I can't think of everything, can I?
Det. Sgt. George Carter: Sorry, Guv. I just got so carried away with this caper.
Det. Insp. Jack Regan: Well what were your last instructions to him?
Det. Sgt. George Carter: Wait there till he was relieved.
Det. Insp. Jack Regan: How long ago was that?
Det. Sgt. George Carter: [sheepishly] Three days.
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Written by Simon Park
From the album "Electric Bird"
Courtesy of De Wolfe Music
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