The BEST Episodes of The Sweeney

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 10, 2019

Network: ITV

The Sweeney was one of the finest British police series of the mid 1970s. Jack Regan is a hard edged detective in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan police (called 'the Sweeney' from the Cockney rhyming slang 'Sweeney Todd' = 'Flying Squad"). He pursues villains by methods which are underhand, often illegal, frequently violent, and more often than not, successful.

Nightmare

#1 - Nightmare

Season 4 - Episode 5

Regan's girlfriend's nightmare has come true when he becomes a target.

star 9.00
3 votes
Directors: David Wickes
Writers: Ranald Graham
Country Boy

#2 - Country Boy

Season 2 - Episode 12

A London gang have got the Metropolitan police and Sweeney running in all directions to answer alarm bells ringing at banks and shops all over London, whilst the gang are using this distraction for robbing a location with no alarms. The Sweeney have no clues, so Haskins brings in a telecommunications expert from Bristol CID to assist Regan & Carter. Jack is against it but soon discovers that DS Keel is the help he needs when the gang are rumbled and finally caught.

star 8.50
4 votes
Directors: Jim Goddard
Writers: Andrew Wilson
Thou Shalt Not Kill

#3 - Thou Shalt Not Kill

Season 2 - Episode 13

The day before the start of a new term, the university branch of the National Mercian bank is robbed. Regan and his squad arrive and catch or shoot most of the gang but known killer Hands and simple side-kick Monks are still inside with the manager and two women hostages. Haskins' hesitancy in ordering the police marksmen to fire on the robbers leads to a car chase and fatalities, causing Regan to round on his boss.

star 8.50
2 votes
Writers: Ranald Graham
Latin Lady

#4 - Latin Lady

Season 4 - Episode 12

Regan and Carter go after a gang of villains who attacked a gynaecologist and robbed him of a large sum of money he was planning to smuggle out of the country.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Peter Smith
Writers: Ted Childs
Selected Target

#5 - Selected Target

Season 3 - Episode 1

Two prison cell mates plan a robbery together whilst inside and then stage a fight and kidnapping when they are released to keep the Sweeney off their trail. The Sweeney tail Kibber believing he has killed Oates but have no proof. Kibber gets away and The Sweeney release Oates has blackmailed a London bank when it is too late.

star 8.40
5 votes
Directors: Tom Clegg
Writers: Troy Kennedy-Martin
Bait

#6 - Bait

Season 4 - Episode 7

Lyn Hurst is injured in a road accident but, in the ambulance, she produces a gun, forces the vehicle to stop and escapes. Regan and Carter discover she was part of a gang behind the wages theft at the Local Education Authority.

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Sid Robertson
Writers: Trevor Preston
Trojan Bus

#7 - Trojan Bus

Season 2 - Episode 10

Australian villains Colin MacGruder and Ray Stackpole return to London and steal a bus, posing as its crew. They rob an art dealer travelling on the bus of a Goya painting, which they plan to sell to a buyer in Amsterdam. Regan tracks them down by leaning on their accomplice, the dealer's female assistant, leading to a river chase and a shoot-out, making it the end of the line for the boys from Down Under.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Ted Childs
Writers: Roger Marshall
The Placer

#8 - The Placer

Season 1 - Episode 7

Jack Regan goes undercover as a lorry driver to trap a ring of hijackers.

star 8.17
6 votes
Directors: Ted Childs
Writers: Trevor Preston
Poppy

#9 - Poppy

Season 2 - Episode 8

Violent criminal Vic Labbett returns to England to recover the proceeds of an earlier robbery. He intends to exchange the cash for diamonds, and return to exile abroad.

star 8.00
4 votes
Directors: Tom Clegg
Writers: Trevor Preston
Sweet Smell Of Succession

#10 - Sweet Smell Of Succession

Season 3 - Episode 8

Regan gets involved in gangland warfare following the death of one of London's leading villains.

star 8.00
4 votes
Directors: William Brayne
Writers: Peter Hill
On The Run

#11 - On The Run

Season 3 - Episode 13

An armed robber is sprung from jail and comes looking for Regan.

star 8.00
4 votes
Directors: David Wickes
Writers: Roger Marshall
Jack Or Knave

#12 - Jack Or Knave

Season 4 - Episode 14

Regan finds himself in deep trouble when an allegation of corruption is made by the Police Complaints Department. A security van is robbed, and a guard identifies one of the robbers.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: Tom Clegg
Writers: Ted Childs
Big Spender

#13 - Big Spender

Season 1 - Episode 11

The Smith brothers are a notorious gang of gangsters who carry out violent hijack's and robberies but always seem to keep themselves clear when the Sweeney come investigating, so Regan & Carter are set about the finally break them. The investigation reveals they are bribing the manager of a busy central London car park who is defrauding his firm by issuing fake parking tickets. The Smiths decide to move in and take their cut of his greed, but it doesnt take The Sweeney long to move in.

star 7.90
10 votes
Directors: Terry Green
Writers: Allan Prior
Thin Ice

#14 - Thin Ice

Season 1 - Episode 3

Regan lures Bishop, a prize crook, back into the country using the villain's favourite dog as bait.

star 7.88
8 votes
Directors: Tom Clegg
Writers: Troy Kennedy-Martin
Faces

#15 - Faces

Season 2 - Episode 2

When a gang hijack an armoured security truck and steal the money, Regan, Carter and the Flying Squad set up an ambush to catch the crooks. But who's the informer?

star 7.86
7 votes
Directors: William Brayne
Writers: Murray Smith
Queen's Pawn

#16 - Queen's Pawn

Season 1 - Episode 4

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

star 7.83
6 votes
Directors: Viktors Ritelis
Writers: Ranald Graham
Golden Boy

#17 - Golden Boy

Season 1 - Episode 9

A gang of thieves lead by Max Deller (Dudley Sutton) need a way of shipping stolen gold out of the country for resale. Deller leans on a former prison cell mate who is now using another identity to go straight as the managering director of a very successful sporting equipment company, who to protect his safe future has to assist with the plan to ship the gold out as excercise weights.

star 7.83
6 votes
Directors: Tom Clegg
Writers: Martin Hall
Abduction

#18 - Abduction

Season 1 - Episode 13

Jack Regan's tip off of a robbery lead him to close to the action, so the gang planning the robbery kidnap Jack's daughter to use as a hostage, to keep Regan off the scent of the action until they make a getaway. Regan wants his daughter back so takes it in his own hands to track down his daughter and to prevent the robbery, going against his ex wife, the orders of his bosses and the detective investigating the kidnap.

star 7.80
5 votes
Directors: Tom Clegg
Writers: Trevor Preston
Ringer

#19 - Ringer

Season 1 - Episode 1

Regan's girlfriend's motor is nicked. Unfortunately it contains most of the evidence from Regan's current surveillance of gangster Frankie Kemble, and it doesn't take long for the evidence to find its way into the hands of Kemble.

star 7.73
15 votes
Directors: Terry Green
Writers: Trevor Preston
Cover Story

#20 - Cover Story

Season 1 - Episode 8

There's romance between Regan and a crime journalist, but when she is implicated in a major crime, her innocence comes into question.

star 7.67
6 votes
Writers: Ranald Graham
I Want The Man

#21 - I Want The Man

Season 2 - Episode 11

Informant Popeye is abducted by villain Maynard whilst staking out small-time crook Frankie Little after a jewel theft. Regan pulls Little but agrees to drop charges if Little will go ahead as planned, acting as Maynard's driver on an upcoming robbery. However, all Little is able to phone in to Regan on the eve of the heist is "Old Readies". Regan must locate where the crime will take place before it is too late for Popeye.

star 7.67
3 votes
Directors: Tom Clegg
Writers: Ray Jenkins
Pay Off

#22 - Pay Off

Season 3 - Episode 10

Carter's girlfriend asks him to find a missing villain, who turns up dead.

star 7.67
3 votes
Writers: P.J. Hammond
Golden Fleece

#23 - Golden Fleece

Season 2 - Episode 7

Chief Inspector Haskins is framed for corruption while Regan and Carter investigate a spate of break-ins. Is there a connection?

star 7.60
5 votes
Directors: David Wickes
Writers: Roger Marshall
Messenger Of The Gods

#24 - Messenger Of The Gods

Season 4 - Episode 1

Regan and Carter have a suspect in mind for the theft of a consignment of mercury, but he has an alibi.

star 7.60
5 votes
Directors: Terry Green
Writers: Trevor Preston
Night Out

#25 - Night Out

Season 1 - Episode 6

The squad tries to pinpoint a radio transmitter which is being used to coordinate the movements of bank robbers.

star 7.50
8 votes
Directors: David Wickes
Writers: Troy Kennedy-Martin