The Sweeney (1974–1978)
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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.


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Ranald Graham, Ian Kennedy Martin (creator) (as Ian Kennedy-Martin)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Thaw ... Det. Insp. Jack Regan
Dennis Waterman ... Det. Sgt. George Carter
Garfield Morgan ... Det. Chief Insp. Frank Haskins
Tony Selby Tony Selby ... Johnny Lyon
Julian Glover ... Bernard Stone
Morris Perry ... Det. Chief Supt. Maynon
Lynn Dearth Lynn Dearth ... Sheila Lyon
John Flanagan John Flanagan ... DS Matt Mathews
Tony Caunter Tony Caunter ... Derek Clarke
Martin Read Martin Read ... DC Jimmy Thorpe
Ben Howard Ben Howard ... Ronnie
Christopher Ellison ... Phillip Budd
Malou Cartwright Malou Cartwright ... Angie
Keith Washington Keith Washington ... The Reporter
Gertan Klauber ... Emilio


Flash criminal Johnny Lyons and his two associates Budd and Clarke are acquitted on four charges of robbery, thanks to Lyons' smooth-talking brief. Recalling that Lyons once maimed a good friend of Regan's, Maynon puts Regan on the case, giving him carte blanche to reel Lyons in. Regan uses his chess expertise to sow the seeds of doubt between Clarke and Budd in order to get Lyons, and that includes a little kidnapping. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama







Release Date:

23 January 1975 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The brick house with imitation Greek pillars around the front door, used as Johnny and Sheila Lyon's house, was also used as Rose Mellors' house in Minder: Diamonds Are a Girl's Worst Enemy (1980). See more »


Matthews is calling Regan from a phone box to brief him about the observations he was asked to do, at the same time, he mentions that Mrs Budd has posted a bulky package with some uncertainty and Regan asks Matthews to get it by using his initiative (meaning call the bomb squad), at that moment in time, it is raining and the ground is wet and when the bomb squad arrive in the next scene, it is sunny and the ground is dry. See more »


Det. Chief Supt. Maynon: There's nothing terribly wrong with revenge being harnessed for justice.
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Mighty Atom
Written by Steve Gray
From the album "Rock Spectrum"
Courtesy of KPM Music
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Classic Sweeney story line
22 February 2012 | by moncktonSee all my reviews

Did enjoy " Queens Pawn", Many have tried to copy this style of Drama few come close the raw strong story line makes this a classic. The comedy is so well written how it blends in to the sadness of what elements 1970 London was like. Though fiction I am old enough to remember the impact this series had on every day life and culture in the UK during the 1970. John Thaw always acts the part well but letting him become untouchable gives you the sense anything can happen and the people above him using him you get a real feel power and passion very hard to reproduce. So yes top marks for this one looking back thirty plus years ago this was fresh then and for people like me watching again still fresh now.

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