The BEST Episodes of The Sweeney

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 12, 2020

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.

Thou Shalt Not Kill

#1 - 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 8.50
2 votes
Writers: Ranald Graham
Nightmare

#2 - Nightmare

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 5, 1978

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

star 8.50
4 votes
Directors: David Wickes
Writers: Ranald Graham
Latin Lady

#3 - Latin Lady

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 30, 1978

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

#4 - 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 8.40
5 votes
Directors: Tom Clegg
Writers: Troy Kennedy-Martin
Trojan Bus

#5 - 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 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Ted Childs
Writers: Roger Marshall
Sweet Smell Of Succession

#6 - 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 8.00
4 votes
Directors: William Brayne
Writers: Peter Hill
On The Run

#7 - On The Run

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 20, 1976

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

#8 - Jack Or Knave

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 28, 1978

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

#9 - Big Spender

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 13, 1975

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
The Placer

#10 - The Placer

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 13, 1975

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

star 7.86
7 votes
Directors: Ted Childs
Writers: Trevor Preston
Faces

#11 - Faces

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 8, 1975

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
Abduction

#12 - Abduction

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 27, 1975

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
Thin Ice

#13 - 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 7.78
9 votes
Directors: Tom Clegg
Writers: Troy Kennedy-Martin
Queen's Pawn

#14 - 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 7.71
7 votes
Directors: Viktors Ritelis
Writers: Ranald Graham
Pay Off

#15 - 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 7.67
3 votes
Writers: P.J. Hammond
Golden Fleece

#16 - Golden Fleece

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 13, 1975

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

#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 7.60
5 votes
Directors: Terry Green
Writers: Trevor Preston
Golden Boy

#18 - 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 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 7.57
7 votes
Directors: Tom Clegg
Writers: Martin Hall
Hard Men

#19 - Hard Men

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 14, 1978

Regan and Carter pursue some Scottish villains around London, assisted by a Scots police officer.

star 7.50
4 votes
Directors: Graham Baker
Writers: Troy Kennedy-Martin
Feet Of Clay

#20 - 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 7.50
2 votes
Directors: Chris Burt
Writers: Roger Marshall
One Of Your Own

#21 - 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 7.50
2 votes
Directors: Chris Menaul
Writers: Tony Hoare
Tomorrow Man

#22 - 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 7.40
5 votes
Directors: David Wickes
Writers: Andrew Wilson
Bad Apple

#23 - 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 7.33
3 votes
Writers: Roger Marshall
Lady Luck

#24 - 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 7.33
3 votes
Directors: Mike Vardy
Writers: Ranald Graham
Night Out

#25 - 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 7.30
10 votes
Directors: David Wickes
Writers: Troy Kennedy-Martin