The BEST Episodes of The Sweeney

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2021

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.

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Bad Apple

#1 - Bad Apple

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 11, 1976

A group of CID detectives are accepting bribes from criminals but when one is sent down, he soon grasses up the police officers involved. Regan & Carter go undercover to investigate the operation and to stop the officers involved.

star 10.00
6 votes
Writers: Roger Marshall
Sweet Smell Of Succession

#2 - Sweet Smell Of Succession

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 8, 1976

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

star 9.86
7 votes
Directors: William Brayne
Writers: Peter Hill
Nightmare

#3 - Nightmare

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 5, 1978

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

star 9.86
7 votes
Directors: David Wickes
Writers: Ranald Graham
Trojan Bus

#4 - Trojan Bus

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 3, 1975

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 9.71
7 votes
Directors: Ted Childs
Writers: Roger Marshall
Taste Of Fear

#5 - Taste Of Fear

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 4, 1976

A detective with a very good past joins the Sweeney, in time to investigate a violent burglary by a group of ex soldiers. But is the new recruit up to it? Jack Regan thinks not but nobody seems to share his view, believing he has a vendetta.

star 9.71
7 votes
Directors: David Wickes
Writers: Roger Marshall
One Of Your Own

#6 - One Of Your Own

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 9, 1978

Jimmy Fleet and a friend con two businessmen into handing over some valuable diamonds. They are caught, but only after Jimmy managed to hide the diamonds. Patsy Kearney, a criminal who specialises in thieving off thieves, becomes interested, as do the Sweeney. Sergeant Carter gets to do some time in prison in an attempt to gain Jimmy's confidence. There is an interesting addition of extra humour in this episode provided by Jenny, a barmaid who is especially attracted to policemen, particularly when they are in uniform!

star 9.43
7 votes
Directors: Chris Menaul
Writers: Tony Hoare
Tomorrow Man

#7 - Tomorrow Man

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 27, 1976

Regan has to do battle with a brilliant computer expert bent on revenge to ensure the safe shipment of a consignment of gold bullion.

star 9.25
8 votes
Directors: David Wickes
Writers: Andrew Wilson
Bait

#8 - Bait

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 19, 1978

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 9.25
8 votes
Directors: Sid Robertson
Writers: Trevor Preston
Thou Shalt Not Kill

#9 - Thou Shalt Not Kill

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Nov 24, 1975

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 9.25
4 votes
Writers: Ranald Graham
Country Boy

#10 - Country Boy

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 17, 1975

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 9.14
7 votes
Directors: Jim Goddard
Writers: Andrew Wilson
Pay Off

#11 - Pay Off

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 29, 1976

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

star 9.14
7 votes
Writers: P.J. Hammond
Feet Of Clay

#12 - Feet Of Clay

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 2, 1978

Regan is asked to help a criminal from his past who's son has been kidnapped.

star 9.14
7 votes
Directors: Chris Burt
Writers: Roger Marshall
Lady Luck

#13 - Lady Luck

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 13, 1976

Regan knows the identity of a robber, but has a difficult time proving his guilt.

star 9.00
7 votes
Directors: Mike Vardy
Writers: Ranald Graham
Poppy

#14 - Poppy

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 20, 1975

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 9.00
8 votes
Directors: Tom Clegg
Writers: Trevor Preston
The Bigger They Are

#15 - The Bigger They Are

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 26, 1978

A wealthy entrepreneur is being blackmailed over activities he performed whilst stationed as a soldier in Malaya. He seeks assistance from two other former soldiers who had been involved, one of whom is now a senior police officer, the other now a security company owner/manager. The policeman attempts to stop Inspector Regan from investigating. The security company man hires mercenaries to persuade the blackmailers to desist.

star 9.00
8 votes
Directors: Mike Vardy
Writers: Tony Hoare
Selected Target

#16 - Selected Target

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 6, 1976

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 8.89
9 votes
Directors: Tom Clegg
Writers: Troy Kennedy-Martin
Messenger Of The Gods

#17 - Messenger Of The Gods

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 7, 1978

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

star 8.78
9 votes
Directors: Terry Green
Writers: Trevor Preston
Thin Ice

#18 - Thin Ice

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 16, 1975

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

star 8.67
12 votes
Directors: Tom Clegg
Writers: Troy Kennedy-Martin
Queen's Pawn

#19 - Queen's Pawn

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 23, 1975

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 8.64
11 votes
Directors: Viktors Ritelis
Writers: Ranald Graham
Golden Boy

#20 - Golden Boy

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 27, 1975

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 managing 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 exercise weights.

star 8.58
12 votes
Directors: Tom Clegg
Writers: Martin Hall
Down To You, Brother

#21 - Down To You, Brother

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 22, 1976

Regan is fitted up by an ex-con in an attempt to get his daughter's criminal boyfriend out of the picture.

star 8.44
9 votes
Directors: Chris Menaul
Writers: Richard Harris
Stay Lucky, Eh?

#22 - Stay Lucky, Eh?

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 27, 1975

Two young villains, Tyson and Jenner, working for gang boss Tony Kirby, are relieved of the spoils of their robbery by a mysterious gun-man, who shoots Jenner in the leg. Nobody knows who he is until Regan has a word with Jenner's disgruntled father-in-law, which leads to a shoot-out in a theatre. At the same time Regan is made a tempting offer to go into private security work.

star 8.29
7 votes
Writers: Trevor Preston
Night Out

#23 - Night Out

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 6, 1975

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

star 8.23
13 votes
Directors: David Wickes
Writers: Troy Kennedy-Martin
Ringer

#24 - Ringer

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 2, 1975

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 8.14
22 votes
Directors: Terry Green
Writers: Trevor Preston
In From The Cold

#25 - In From The Cold

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 13, 1976

Regan whilst on a routine operation spots Billy Medhurst, who had been part of a gang that carried out a robbery in which a former Sweeney officer, Eddie Jackson was shot and left permantly disabled. Regan blames himself for the accident and decided to get Medhurst put away, but is the past clouding his judgement and destroying the case?

star 8.00
6 votes
Directors: Terry Green
Writers: Tony Hoare