The Best Episodes of The Sweeney
Last Updated: May 27, 2019
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.
#1 - Nightmare
Season 4 - Episode 5
Regan's girlfriend's nightmare has come true when he becomes a target.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#6 - Sweet Smell Of Succession
Season 3 - Episode 8
Regan gets involved in gangland warfare following the death of one of London's leading villains.
#7 - On The Run
Season 3 - Episode 13
An armed robber is sprung from jail and comes looking for Regan.
#8 - 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.
#9 - 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.
#11 - 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.
#12 - Pay Off
Season 3 - Episode 10
Carter's girlfriend asks him to find a missing villain, who turns up dead.
#13 - 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.
#14 - 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.
#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.
#18 - 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.
#19 - 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.
#20 - 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.
#21 - 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.
#22 - 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.
#23 - 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.
#24 - Hard Men
Season 4 - Episode 2
Regan and Carter pursue some Scottish villains around London, assisted by a Scots police officer.
#25 - 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?