The  Wikipedia description of this English TV series states that a pilot episode called ‘Regan’ was made as part of the Armchair Cinema series and shown in 1974. The pilot episode was a more common thing back in the day than it is today, and based on that, four series were made and two full length films.

The information relating to each episode and the cast is recorded on the Wiki page so that’s where you’ll find the detail. Here I have outlined the plot with my own views and opinions written episode by episode as I watched the entire series box set. As a boy I would hear the opening soundtrack and it was a sign that bedtime was imminent, just as the case was for Mission Impossible and Hawaii 5-0.

Therefore watching the box set through the summer of 2018 gave me some perspective on this great series as I have seen many episodes piecemeal throughout the years. I have to say that the experience was much more than I had anticipated. It brought back a real sense of the seventies, more so than a similar police programme ‘Life On Mars’ because it was actually filmed then, and of course John Thaw went on to play another great detective, ‘Morse’.

The surprise of the complete series was the appearance of so many guest stars as well as the short five year period it took to make the fifty-three episodes and feature films. Compare it to ‘Columbo’ which had sixty-nine episodes made over thirty-two years. In series 1 episode 1 for instance, the villains are Brian Blessed and Ian Hendry (He was in The Avengers before The Sweeney and the New Avengers after that,) and June Brown, otherwise known as Dot Cotton on the soap ‘Eastenders’. And that’s just the first episode.

The series is filmed in South London, in ‘Ringer’ the first clue to a location is when Regan and Carter are chasing a car thief and they catch him at Peckham Rye Station.    

Series Two following between September and December of the same year. Series Three was broadcast between September and December 1976, with the final series being shown two years later in 1978. Two 90-minute feature films, Sweeney! and Sweeney 2, were released in 1977 and 1978 respectively, between the third and fourth series.

Series 1
Broadcast between January and March of 1975.

S1E1 – Ringer

2 January 1975

Guests: Brian Blessed, Ian Hendry, June Brown.

In this first episode Detective Inspector Jack Regan and his sidekick George Carter try to prevent a criminal from being sprung from prison. The first scene opens with Ian Henry at the wheel of a yellow Ford Capri, he is buying a shotgun. If you don’t remember the 70s then you will probably mistake Ian Hendry for the comedian Mike Reid but of course they are not one and the same and Ian Hendry is the face of a bruiser in 70s casting.

Following the intro music, Regan appears first, in a dressing gown at the flat of his girlfriend Jenny Peters. As soon as he gets in to work it is evident that a rift exists between Regan and his immediate superior Det. Chief Insp. Frank Haskins, a theme that will carry throughout the series.

By the biggest coincidence ever, Det, Insp. Regan has his girlfriend’s car stolen from under his nose along with the camera and film of a recent surveillance. The car thieves are connected to the crime boss (Brian Blessed) that Regan had under surveillance.

It’s Part Three when June Brown appears as the mother of one of the car thieves. She makes a deal and grasses on an upcoming prisoner heist and of course, Regan and Carter are waiting.

S1E2 – Jackpot

9 January 1975

Guests: .

The Sweeney apprehend a gang of hijackers capturing all the criminals and the money. However the team are suspected of pocketing some of it after a bag with £35,000 is unaccounted for.

Carter interrogates the main suspect Biggleswade who doesn’t crack. But after police video of the raid is processed, Biggleswade is clearly seen tossing the bag to a seemingly innocent by-stander, whom the team recognise as an old villain. On raiding his house they discover that Charlie Quigley has scarpered.

Now Regan can pressurise Biggleswade by highlighting that he faces fourteen years inside for money that someone else has ran off with. It turns out that Charlie Quigley is quickly eliminated as a suspect and after reviewing the video they determine that Biggleswade was not throwing the bag towards Charlie but quite deliberately in another direction.

They discover that the missing money was to fund treatment for Biggleswade’s daughter who is dying of a kidney disease.  

S1E3 – Thin Ice

16 January 1975

Guests: Alfred Marks, Brian Glover, Brian Wilde, Margaret Nolan

Regan learns that he has been pulled from a case that he has been investigating for two years. He’s told “you’re on thin ice” by his acting superior because he stated that he will stop at nothing to bring back the fugitive (Alfred Marks) that has just left the country.

Ex-profession wrestler (he was also one of the voices in the animated Tetley Tea adverts,) Brian Glover makes his cameo when Regan’s team rush to the fugitive’s mansion to ask questions about the disappearance. Fugitive ‘Bishop’is in France with his partner (Margaret Nolan: She appeared in Playboy 1965 after playing Dink in the film Goldfinger.) The only way to get ‘Bishop’ back in the country, it seems, is the connection to his beloved dog that he left behind.

S1E4 – Queen’s Pawn

23 January 1975

Guests: Tony Selby.

Crook Johnny Lyon (Tony Selby) has escaped prosecution by making the Crime Prosecution Case laughable.
Regan’s superiors give him what he needs for five days to get something on Johnny; not least because Johnny was responsible for the shooting of one of their team some time previously.

Regan tries to scare two of Johnny’s associates but they remain steadfast until he calls of a favour to have one of them kidnapped in the hope that the other will spill the beans on Johnny. Johnny is arrested on suspicion of the kidnapping which of course he had nothing to do with, but he is quickly released even though his lawyer washes his hands of him.

S1E5 – Jigsaw

30 January 1975

Guests: Del Henney, Ken Parry, Stephanie Turner

Regan finds himself drinking in the same pub as Eddie Boyse (Del Henney) when a factory robbery goes down. It turns out Regan is Boyse’s alibi, but Regan known he was responsible for it, having just been released from prison. In his rush to prove it, Regan is accused of police harassment and the two play a cat and mouse game.

Even after Boyse gets his Member of Parliament involved, Regan keeps tabs on him but more importantly he demonstrates to Boyse’s girlfriend that she is being used until she finally decides to reveal where the money is stashed. You would think the title ‘Jigsaw’ means Regan had to put the pieces together but he knows from the start who did it and so there’s no explanation for the given title of this episode.

Del Hennay has appeared in just about every major series you can think of. Ken Parry has made a cameo in just about everything. And Stephanie Turner was Inspector Jean Darblay in Juliet Bravo. Both Del and Ken appeared in episodes of Juliet Bravo.

S1E6 – Night Out

8 February 1975

Guests:

S1E7 – The Placer

13 February 1975

Guests:

S1E8 – Cover Story

20 February 1975

Guests:

S1E9 – Golden Boy

27 February 1975

Guests:

S1E10 – Stoppo Driver

6 March 1975

Guests:

S1E11 – Big Spender

11 March 1975

Guests:

S1E12 – Contact Breaker

12 March 1975

Guests:

Series 1
Broadcast between January and March of 1975.

S1E1 – Ringer

2 January 1975

Guests: Brian Blessed, Ian Hendry, June Brown.

In this first episode Detective Inspector Jack Regan and his sidekick George Carter try to prevent a criminal from being sprung from prison. The first scene opens with Ian Henry at the wheel of a yellow Ford Capri, he is buying a shotgun. If you don’t remember the 70s then you will probably mistake Ian Hendry for the comedian Mike Reid but of course they are not one and the same and Ian Hendry is the face of a bruiser in 70s casting.

Following the intro music, Regan appears first, in a dressing gown at the flat of his girlfriend Jenny Peters. As soon as he gets in to work it is evident that a rift exists between Regan and his immediate superior Det. Chief Insp. Frank Haskins, a theme that will carry throughout the series.

By the biggest coincidence ever, Det, Insp. Regan has his girlfriend’s car stolen from under his nose along with the camera and film of a recent surveillance. The car thieves are connected to the crime boss (Brian Blessed) that Regan had under surveillance.

It’s Part Three when June Brown appears as the mother of one of the car thieves. She makes a deal and grasses on an upcoming prisoner heist and of course, Regan and Carter are waiting.

S1E2 – Jackpot

9 January 1975

Guests: .

The Sweeney apprehend a gang of hijackers capturing all the criminals and the money. However the team are suspected of pocketing some of it after a bag with £35,000 is unaccounted for.

Carter interrogates the main suspect Biggleswade who doesn’t crack. But after police video of the raid is processed, Biggleswade is clearly seen tossing the bag to a seemingly innocent by-stander, whom the team recognise as an old villain. On raiding his house they discover that Charlie Quigley has scarpered.

Now Regan can pressurise Biggleswade by highlighting that he faces fourteen years inside for money that someone else has ran off with. It turns out that Charlie Quigley is quickly eliminated as a suspect and after reviewing the video they determine that Biggleswade was not throwing the bag towards Charlie but quite deliberately in another direction.

They discover that the missing money was to fund treatment for Biggleswade’s daughter who is dying of a kidney disease.  

S1E3 – Thin Ice

16 January 1975

Guests: Alfred Marks, Brian Glover, Brian Wilde, Margaret Nolan

Regan learns that he has been pulled from a case that he has been investigating for two years. He’s told “you’re on thin ice” by his acting superior because he stated that he will stop at nothing to bring back the fugitive (Alfred Marks) that has just left the country.

Ex-profession wrestler (he was also one of the voices in the animated Tetley Tea adverts,) Brian Glover makes his cameo when Regan’s team rush to the fugitive’s mansion to ask questions about the disappearance. Fugitive ‘Bishop’is in France with his partner (Margaret Nolan: She appeared in Playboy 1965 after playing Dink in the film Goldfinger.) The only way to get ‘Bishop’ back in the country, it seems, is the connection to his beloved dog that he left behind.

S1E4 – Queen’s Pawn

23 January 1975

Guests: Tony Selby.

Crook Johnny Lyon (Tony Selby) has escaped prosecution by making the Crime Prosecution Case laughable.
Regan’s superiors give him what he needs for five days to get something on Johnny; not least because Johnny was responsible for the shooting of one of their team some time previously.

Regan tries to scare two of Johnny’s associates but they remain steadfast until he calls of a favour to have one of them kidnapped in the hope that the other will spill the beans on Johnny. Johnny is arrested on suspicion of the kidnapping which of course he had nothing to do with, but he is quickly released even though his lawyer washes his hands of him.

S1E5 – Jigsaw

30 January 1975

Guests: Del Henney, Ken Parry, Stephanie Turner

Regan finds himself drinking in the same pub as Eddie Boyse (Del Henney) when a factory robbery goes down. It turns out Regan is Boyse’s alibi, but Regan known he was responsible for it, having just been released from prison. In his rush to prove it, Regan is accused of police harassment and the two play a cat and mouse game.

Even after Boyse gets his Member of Parliament involved, Regan keeps tabs on him but more importantly he demonstrates to Boyse’s girlfriend that she is being used until she finally decides to reveal where the money is stashed.

Del Hennay has appeared in just about every major series you can think of. Ken Parry has made a cameo in just about everything. And Stephanie Turner was Inspector Jean Darblay in Juliet Bravo. Both Del and Ken appeared in episodes of Juliet Bravo.

S1E6 – Night Out

8 February 1975

Guests:

S1E7 – The Placer

13 February 1975

Guests:

S1E8 – Cover Story

20 February 1975

Guests:

S1E9 – Golden Boy

27 February 1975

Guests:

S1E10 – Stoppo Driver

6 March 1975

Guests:

S1E11 – Big Spender

11 March 1975

Guests:

S1E12 – Contact Breaker

12 March 1975

Guests:

Series 1
Broadcast between January and March of 1975.

S1E1 – Ringer

2 January 1975

Guests: Brian Blessed, Ian Hendry, June Brown.

In this first episode Detective Inspector Jack Regan and his sidekick George Carter try to prevent a criminal from being sprung from prison. The first scene opens with Ian Henry at the wheel of a yellow Ford Capri, he is buying a shotgun. If you don’t remember the 70s then you will probably mistake Ian Hendry for the comedian Mike Reid but of course they are not one and the same and Ian Hendry is the face of a bruiser in 70s casting.

Following the intro music, Regan appears first, in a dressing gown at the flat of his girlfriend Jenny Peters. As soon as he gets in to work it is evident that a rift exists between Regan and his immediate superior Det. Chief Insp. Frank Haskins, a theme that will carry throughout the series.

By the biggest coincidence ever, Det, Insp. Regan has his girlfriend’s car stolen from under his nose along with the camera and film of a recent surveillance. The car thieves are connected to the crime boss (Brian Blessed) that Regan had under surveillance.

It’s Part Three when June Brown appears as the mother of one of the car thieves. She makes a deal and grasses on an upcoming prisoner heist and of course, Regan and Carter are waiting.

S1E2 – Jackpot

9 January 1975

Guests: .

The Sweeney apprehend a gang of hijackers capturing all the criminals and the money. However the team are suspected of pocketing some of it after a bag with £35,000 is unaccounted for.

Carter interrogates the main suspect Biggleswade who doesn’t crack. But after police video of the raid is processed, Biggleswade is clearly seen tossing the bag to a seemingly innocent by-stander, whom the team recognise as an old villain. On raiding his house they discover that Charlie Quigley has scarpered.

Now Regan can pressurise Biggleswade by highlighting that he faces fourteen years inside for money that someone else has ran off with. It turns out that Charlie Quigley is quickly eliminated as a suspect and after reviewing the video they determine that Biggleswade was not throwing the bag towards Charlie but quite deliberately in another direction.

They discover that the missing money was to fund treatment for Biggleswade’s daughter who is dying of a kidney disease.  

S1E3 – Thin Ice

16 January 1975

Guests: Alfred Marks, Brian Glover, Brian Wilde, Margaret Nolan

Regan learns that he has been pulled from a case that he has been investigating for two years. He’s told “you’re on thin ice” by his acting superior because he stated that he will stop at nothing to bring back the fugitive (Alfred Marks) that has just left the country.

Ex-profession wrestler (he was also one of the voices in the animated Tetley Tea adverts,) Brian Glover makes his cameo when Regan’s team rush to the fugitive’s mansion to ask questions about the disappearance. Fugitive ‘Bishop’is in France with his partner (Margaret Nolan: She appeared in Playboy 1965 after playing Dink in the film Goldfinger.) The only way to get ‘Bishop’ back in the country, it seems, is the connection to his beloved dog that he left behind.

S1E4 – Queen’s Pawn

23 January 1975

Guests: Tony Selby.

Crook Johnny Lyon (Tony Selby) has escaped prosecution by making the Crime Prosecution Case laughable.
Regan’s superiors give him what he needs for five days to get something on Johnny; not least because Johnny was responsible for the shooting of one of their team some time previously.

Regan tries to scare two of Johnny’s associates but they remain steadfast until he calls of a favour to have one of them kidnapped in the hope that the other will spill the beans on Johnny. Johnny is arrested on suspicion of the kidnapping which of course he had nothing to do with, but he is quickly released even though his lawyer washes his hands of him.

S1E5 – Jigsaw

30 January 1975

Guests: Del Henney, Ken Parry, Stephanie Turner

Regan finds himself drinking in the same pub as Eddie Boyse (Del Henney) when a factory robbery goes down. It turns out Regan is Boyse’s alibi, but Regan known he was responsible for it, having just been released from prison. In his rush to prove it, Regan is accused of police harassment and the two play a cat and mouse game.

Even after Boyse gets his Member of Parliament involved, Regan keeps tabs on him but more importantly he demonstrates to Boyse’s girlfriend that she is being used until she finally decides to reveal where the money is stashed.

Del Hennay has appeared in just about every major series you can think of. Ken Parry has made a cameo in just about everything. And Stephanie Turner was Inspector Jean Darblay in Juliet Bravo. Both Del and Ken appeared in episodes of Juliet Bravo.

S1E6 – Night Out

8 February 1975

Guests:

S1E7 – The Placer

13 February 1975

Guests:

S1E8 – Cover Story

20 February 1975

Guests:

S1E9 – Golden Boy

27 February 1975

Guests:

S1E10 – Stoppo Driver

6 March 1975

Guests:

S1E11 – Big Spender

11 March 1975

Guests:

S1E12 – Contact Breaker

12 March 1975

Guests:

Series 1
Broadcast between January and March of 1975.

S1E1 – Ringer

2 January 1975

Guests: Brian Blessed, Ian Hendry, June Brown.

In this first episode Detective Inspector Jack Regan and his sidekick George Carter try to prevent a criminal from being sprung from prison. The first scene opens with Ian Henry at the wheel of a yellow Ford Capri, he is buying a shotgun. If you don’t remember the 70s then you will probably mistake Ian Hendry for the comedian Mike Reid but of course they are not one and the same and Ian Hendry is the face of a bruiser in 70s casting.

Following the intro music, Regan appears first, in a dressing gown at the flat of his girlfriend Jenny Peters. As soon as he gets in to work it is evident that a rift exists between Regan and his immediate superior Det. Chief Insp. Frank Haskins, a theme that will carry throughout the series.

By the biggest coincidence ever, Det, Insp. Regan has his girlfriend’s car stolen from under his nose along with the camera and film of a recent surveillance. The car thieves are connected to the crime boss (Brian Blessed) that Regan had under surveillance.

It’s Part Three when June Brown appears as the mother of one of the car thieves. She makes a deal and grasses on an upcoming prisoner heist and of course, Regan and Carter are waiting.

S1E2 – Jackpot

9 January 1975

Guests: .

The Sweeney apprehend a gang of hijackers capturing all the criminals and the money. However the team are suspected of pocketing some of it after a bag with £35,000 is unaccounted for.

Carter interrogates the main suspect Biggleswade who doesn’t crack. But after police video of the raid is processed, Biggleswade is clearly seen tossing the bag to a seemingly innocent by-stander, whom the team recognise as an old villain. On raiding his house they discover that Charlie Quigley has scarpered.

Now Regan can pressurise Biggleswade by highlighting that he faces fourteen years inside for money that someone else has ran off with. It turns out that Charlie Quigley is quickly eliminated as a suspect and after reviewing the video they determine that Biggleswade was not throwing the bag towards Charlie but quite deliberately in another direction.

They discover that the missing money was to fund treatment for Biggleswade’s daughter who is dying of a kidney disease.  

S1E3 – Thin Ice

16 January 1975

Guests: Alfred Marks, Brian Glover, Brian Wilde, Margaret Nolan

Regan learns that he has been pulled from a case that he has been investigating for two years. He’s told “you’re on thin ice” by his acting superior because he stated that he will stop at nothing to bring back the fugitive (Alfred Marks) that has just left the country.

Ex-profession wrestler (he was also one of the voices in the animated Tetley Tea adverts,) Brian Glover makes his cameo when Regan’s team rush to the fugitive’s mansion to ask questions about the disappearance. Fugitive ‘Bishop’is in France with his partner (Margaret Nolan: She appeared in Playboy 1965 after playing Dink in the film Goldfinger.) The only way to get ‘Bishop’ back in the country, it seems, is the connection to his beloved dog that he left behind.

S1E4 – Queen’s Pawn

23 January 1975

Guests: Tony Selby.

Crook Johnny Lyon (Tony Selby) has escaped prosecution by making the Crime Prosecution Case laughable.
Regan’s superiors give him what he needs for five days to get something on Johnny; not least because Johnny was responsible for the shooting of one of their team some time previously.

Regan tries to scare two of Johnny’s associates but they remain steadfast until he calls of a favour to have one of them kidnapped in the hope that the other will spill the beans on Johnny. Johnny is arrested on suspicion of the kidnapping which of course he had nothing to do with, but he is quickly released even though his lawyer washes his hands of him.

S1E5 – Jigsaw

30 January 1975

Guests: Del Henney, Ken Parry, Stephanie Turner

Regan finds himself drinking in the same pub as Eddie Boyse (Del Henney) when a factory robbery goes down. It turns out Regan is Boyse’s alibi, but Regan known he was responsible for it, having just been released from prison. In his rush to prove it, Regan is accused of police harassment and the two play a cat and mouse game.

Even after Boyse gets his Member of Parliament involved, Regan keeps tabs on him but more importantly he demonstrates to Boyse’s girlfriend that she is being used until she finally decides to reveal where the money is stashed.

Del Hennay has appeared in just about every major series you can think of. Ken Parry has made a cameo in just about everything. And Stephanie Turner was Inspector Jean Darblay in Juliet Bravo. Both Del and Ken appeared in episodes of Juliet Bravo.

S1E6 – Night Out

8 February 1975

Guests:

S1E7 – The Placer

13 February 1975

Guests:

S1E8 – Cover Story

20 February 1975

Guests:

S1E9 – Golden Boy

27 February 1975

Guests:

S1E10 – Stoppo Driver

6 March 1975

Guests:

S1E11 – Big Spender

11 March 1975

Guests:

S1E12 – Contact Breaker

12 March 1975

Guests: