Series Title: The Sweeney

Series: 4

Episodes: 53

Channel: Thames Television (ITV)

Screened: January 1975 – 28 December 1978

Main cast: John Thaw (DI Jack Regan); Dennis Waterman (DS George Carter); Garfield Morgan (DCI Haskins); Morris Perry (Chief Superintendent Maynon); John Alkin (DS Daniels); Martin Read (Thorpe).

Note: The series ended in 1978 when John Thaw could see nowhere left for the storylines to go and he departed.

Spinoff films

1977 Sweeney
A crime leads to a deadly political scandal when a prostitute (Linda Bellingham) is murdered. It’s becomes apparent that a government minister and his press secretary are involved.

1978 Sweeney 2
A violent gang of armed robbers have been robbing banks across the UK and killing anyone that stands in their way. They are eventually tracked to Malta.

2012 The Sweeney
Featured Ray Winstone (Regan) and Ben Drew (Carter). Set in contemporary times, a gold robbery is stumbled upon and robberies continue until eventually the Flying Squad is suspended and Regan goes it alone.

Synopsis

The Sweeney was an ITN television series screened in the 1970s. it focused on two members of the Flying Squad, a branch of the Metropolitan Police, specialising in armed robbery and violent crime in London. The sound of the theme tune meant it was time for bed for me as a boy, but I caught up with it later on and then one day I spotted the box set in Asda for £30.

Before the 1984 Police and Criminal Evidence Act it was common for police and thugs to treat each other heavy handedly, as another series Life on Mars demonstrates also the police around the same time. There was also plenty of corruption as well as brutality as a copper’s life brought him/her close into the criminal world and a bung here and there was the norm until it was stamped out in the 1980s, at which time many officers resigned.

Episode Reviews: 1

S1E1 — Ringer

Regan’s car is stolen with surveillance photos from a stakeout that were in the boot. He catches up with the thief after first dealing with the car thief.

Guest stars: Brian Blessed

S1E2 — Jackpot

Following the apprehension of a gang of hijackers, a bag goes missing with £35,000 and Reagan’s team come under suspicion.

Guest stars

S1E3 — Thin Ice

Regan clashes with an arrogant police superintendent when a crime kingpin is allowed to leave the country and go to France.

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S1E4 — Queen’s Pawn

After a high-powered lawyer gets three petty thugs off on a murder charge, Regan is authorised to use whatever means necessary to bring the hoodlums in.

Guest stars:

S1E5 — Jigsaw 

Regan is convinced that Eddie Boyse, a recently released career criminal, is responsible for a robbery, but Boyse was with Regan when the crime occurred.

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S1E4 — Queen’s Pawn

After a high-powered lawyer gets three petty thugs off on a murder charge, Regan is authorised to use whatever means necessary to bring the hoodlums in.

Guest stars:

S1E5 — Jigsaw 

Regan is convinced that Eddie Boyse, a recently released career criminal, is responsible for a robbery, but Boyse was with Regan when the crime occurred.

Guest stars:

S1E4 — Queen’s Pawn

After a high-powered lawyer gets three petty thugs off on a murder charge, Regan is authorised to use whatever means necessary to bring the hoodlums in.

Guest stars:

S1E5 — Jigsaw 

Regan is convinced that Eddie Boyse, a recently released career criminal, is responsible for a robbery, but Boyse was with Regan when the crime occurred.

Guest stars:

S1E4 — Queen’s Pawn

After a high-powered lawyer gets three petty thugs off on a murder charge, Regan is authorised to use whatever means necessary to bring the hoodlums in.

Guest stars:

S1E5 — Jigsaw 

Regan is convinced that Eddie Boyse, a recently released career criminal, is responsible for a robbery, but Boyse was with Regan when the crime occurred.

Guest stars:

S1E4 — Queen’s Pawn

After a high-powered lawyer gets three petty thugs off on a murder charge, Regan is authorised to use whatever means necessary to bring the hoodlums in.

Guest stars:

S1E5 — Jigsaw 

Regan is convinced that Eddie Boyse, a recently released career criminal, is responsible for a robbery, but Boyse was with Regan when the crime occurred.

Guest stars:

S1E4 — Queen’s Pawn

After a high-powered lawyer gets three petty thugs off on a murder charge, Regan is authorised to use whatever means necessary to bring the hoodlums in.

Guest stars:

S1E5 — Jigsaw 

Regan is convinced that Eddie Boyse, a recently released career criminal, is responsible for a robbery, but Boyse was with Regan when the crime occurred.

Guest stars:

S1E4 — Queen’s Pawn

After a high-powered lawyer gets three petty thugs off on a murder charge, Regan is authorised to use whatever means necessary to bring the hoodlums in.

Guest stars:

S1E5 — Jigsaw 

Regan is convinced that Eddie Boyse, a recently released career criminal, is responsible for a robbery, but Boyse was with Regan when the crime occurred.

Guest stars:

S1E4 — Queen’s Pawn

After a high-powered lawyer gets three petty thugs off on a murder charge, Regan is authorised to use whatever means necessary to bring the hoodlums in.

Guest stars:

S1E5 — Jigsaw 

Regan is convinced that Eddie Boyse, a recently released career criminal, is responsible for a robbery, but Boyse was with Regan when the crime occurred.

Guest stars:

S1E4 — Queen’s Pawn

After a high-powered lawyer gets three petty thugs off on a murder charge, Regan is authorised to use whatever means necessary to bring the hoodlums in.

Guest stars:

S1E5 — Jigsaw 

Regan is convinced that Eddie Boyse, a recently released career criminal, is responsible for a robbery, but Boyse was with Regan when the crime occurred.

Guest stars:

S1E4 — Queen’s Pawn

After a high-powered lawyer gets three petty thugs off on a murder charge, Regan is authorised to use whatever means necessary to bring the hoodlums in.

Guest stars:

S1E5 — Jigsaw 

Regan is convinced that Eddie Boyse, a recently released career criminal, is responsible for a robbery, but Boyse was with Regan when the crime occurred.

Guest stars:

S1E4 — Queen’s Pawn

After a high-powered lawyer gets three petty thugs off on a murder charge, Regan is authorised to use whatever means necessary to bring the hoodlums in.

Guest stars:

S1E5 — Jigsaw 

Regan is convinced that Eddie Boyse, a recently released career criminal, is responsible for a robbery, but Boyse was with Regan when the crime occurred.

Guest stars:

S1E4 — Queen’s Pawn

After a high-powered lawyer gets three petty thugs off on a murder charge, Regan is authorised to use whatever means necessary to bring the hoodlums in.

Guest stars:

Season 2

S1E1 — Ringer

Regan’s car is stolen with surveillance photos from a stakeout that were in the boot. He catches up with the thief after first dealing with the car thief.

Guest stars: Brian Blessed

S1E2 — Jackpot

Following the apprehension of a gang of hijackers, a bag goes missing with £35,000 and Reagan’s team come under suspicion.

Guest stars

S1E3 — Thin Ice

Regan clashes with an arrogant police superintendent when a crime kingpin is allowed to leave the country and go to France.

Guest stars:

S1E4 — Queen’s Pawn

After a high-powered lawyer gets three petty thugs off on a murder charge, Regan is authorised to use whatever means necessary to bring the hoodlums in.

Guest stars:

S1E5 — Jigsaw 

Regan is convinced that Eddie Boyse, a recently released career criminal, is responsible for a robbery, but Boyse was with Regan when the crime occurred.

Guest stars:

Season 2

S1E1 — Ringer

Regan’s car is stolen with surveillance photos from a stakeout that were in the boot. He catches up with the thief after first dealing with the car thief.

Guest stars: Brian Blessed

S1E2 — Jackpot

Following the apprehension of a gang of hijackers, a bag goes missing with £35,000 and Reagan’s team come under suspicion.

Guest stars

S1E3 — Thin Ice

Regan clashes with an arrogant police superintendent when a crime kingpin is allowed to leave the country and go to France.

Guest stars:

S1E4 — Queen’s Pawn

After a high-powered lawyer gets three petty thugs off on a murder charge, Regan is authorised to use whatever means necessary to bring the hoodlums in.

Guest stars:

S1E5 — Jigsaw 

Regan is convinced that Eddie Boyse, a recently released career criminal, is responsible for a robbery, but Boyse was with Regan when the crime occurred.

Guest stars:

Season 2

S1E1 — Ringer

Regan’s car is stolen with surveillance photos from a stakeout that were in the boot. He catches up with the thief after first dealing with the car thief.

Guest stars: Brian Blessed

S1E2 — Jackpot

Following the apprehension of a gang of hijackers, a bag goes missing with £35,000 and Reagan’s team come under suspicion.

Guest stars

S1E3 — Thin Ice

Regan clashes with an arrogant police superintendent when a crime kingpin is allowed to leave the country and go to France.

Guest stars:

S1E4 — Queen’s Pawn

After a high-powered lawyer gets three petty thugs off on a murder charge, Regan is authorised to use whatever means necessary to bring the hoodlums in.

Guest stars:

S1E5 — Jigsaw 

Regan is convinced that Eddie Boyse, a recently released career criminal, is responsible for a robbery, but Boyse was with Regan when the crime occurred.

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Welcome to my tribute to Columbo web page!

I don’t intend to rival some of the dedicated sites out there but rather I want to list the 69 episodes and go from there. Hopefully over time this page will become something special.

Columbo is my fascination. I recal watching episodes when I was a kid, and throughout my life. When I hd my first VHS recorder began a Columbo collection, transferring them to DVD when that was available. Finally when the series were released on DVD sets I bought them on Amazon.

I never got into Mrs Columbo the spin off, and there was a stage play of the pilot episode some years back which I wished I had made the effort to go to. When I told my wife I was getting a Columbo raincoat she said she would not talk to me if I persisted in dressing like Columbo, so I suppose I may have taken things a bit far, but a lifelong fan I remain.

Episode List

Pilot Episodes

(1) P1 Prescription Murder

(2) P2 Ransom For A Dead Man

Season One

(3) 1.1 Murder By The Book
(4) 1.2 Death Lends A Hand
(5) 1.3 Dead Weight
(6) 1.4 Suitable For Framing
(7) 1.5 Lady In Waiting
(8) 1.6 Short Fuse
(9) 1.7 Blueprint For Murder

Season Two

(10) 2.1 Etude In Black
(11) 2.2 The Greenhouse Jungle
(12) 2.3 The Most Crucial Game
(13) 2.4 Dagger Of The Mind
(14) 2.5 Requiem For A Falling Star
(15) 2.6 A Stitch In Crime
(16) 2.7 The Most Dangerous Match
(17) 2.8 Double Shock

Season Three

(18) 3.1 Lovely But Lethal
(19) 3.2 Any Old Port In A Storm
(20) 3.3 Candidate For Crime
(21) 3.4 Double Exposure
(22) 3.5 Publish Or Perish
(23) 3.6 Mind Over Mayhem
(24) 3.7 Swan Song
(25) 3.8 A Friend In Deed

Season Four

(26) 4.1 An Exercise In Fatality
(27) 4.2 Negative Reaction
(28) 4.3 By Dawn’s Early Light
(29) 4.4 Troubled Waters
(30) 4.5 Playback
(31) 4.6 A Deadly State Of Mind

Season Five

(32) 5.1 Forgotten Lady
(33) 5.2 A Case Of Immunity
(34) 5.3 Identity Crisis
(35) 5.4 A Matter Of Honor
(36) 5.5 Now You See Him
(37) 5.6 Last Salute To The Commodore

Season Six

(38) 6.1 Fade In To Murder
(39) 6.2 Old Fashioned Murder
(40) 6.3 The Bye Bye Sky-High I.Q. Murder Case

Season Seven

(41) 7.1 Try And Catch Me
(42) 7.2 Murder Under Glass
(43) 7.3 Make Me A Perfect Murder
(44) 7.4 How To Dial A Murder
(45) 7.5 The Conspirators

Season Eight

(46) 8.1 Columbo Goes To The Guillotine
(47) 8.2 Murder, Smoke, And Shadows
(48) 8.3 Sex And The Married Detective
(49) 8.4 Grand Deceptions

Season Nine

(50) 9.1 Murder, A Self Portrait
(51) 9.2 Columbo Cries Wolf
(52) 9.3 Agenda For Murder
(53) 9.4 Rest In Peace, Mrs Columbo
(54) 9.5 Uneasy Lies The Crown
(55) 9.6 Murder In Malibu

Season Ten

(56) 10.1 Columbo Goes To College
(57) 10.2 Caution: Murder Can Be Hazardous To Your Health
(58) 10.3 Columbo And The Murder Of A Rock Star

Specials

(59) S1 Death Hits The Jackpot
(60) S2 No Time To Die
(61) S3 A Bird In The Hand
(62) S4 It’s All in the Game
(63) S5 Butterfly In Shades Of Gray
(64) S6 Undercover
(65) S7 Strange Bedfellows
(66) S8 A Trace of Murder – 25th Anniversary
(67) S9 Ashes to Ashes
(68) S10 Murder With Too Many Notes
(69) S11 Columbo Likes the Nightlife

Fun Items

In which episode does this Columbo painting appear?

Episode 50, i.e. S9E1 Murder, A Self Portrait

In which episode does ‘Norm’ (George Wendt) appear as the guest kiler?

Strange Bedfellows (Series 11 /Specials episode 7)

What is Columbos’s favourite food?

Chili with crackers crumbled on top.

What is the number plate on Columbo’s car?

Actually he has two. The original 044- APD and when the show was produced by ABC it became 448- DBZ.

What kind of car does Columbo drive?

Columbo calls it a 1950 Peugeot but in reality it is a 1959

In which episode does Columbo’s dog first appear?

Etude to Black