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.

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:

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.

Guest stars:

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