A special branch officer is led a merry dance by gangsters from a London pub and, although he survives a brutal beating 'get rid off this filth,' he subsequently dies. Enter John Thaw's vengeful and unconventional copper 'Regan'.

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Lee Montague ...
Arthur Dale
Garfield Morgan ...
David Daker ...
Tusser
Janet Key ...
Kate Regan
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Annie
Morris Perry ...
Stephen Yardley ...
Det. Insp. Laker
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Morton
Miquel Brown ...
Miriam
Peter Blythe ...
Peter
Carl Rigg ...
Michael Da Costa ...
South
Ron Pember ...
Landlord (as Ronald Pember)
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This one-off TV play became the pilot episode of the British police series 'The Sweeney', and introduced the tough detective Jack Regan, whose hard, unconventional methods of detection bring him more trouble from his bosses than from criminals. Written by D.Giddings <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

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4 June 1974 (UK)  »

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After Cowley is run over, there is a shot of his warrant card when a witness to the collision takes it from his pocket. The card says his name is "Alan Cowley". However in the later scene when Regan goes to break the news to Cowley's grandmother, Cowley is referred to as "Tom". See more »

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Det. Insp. Jack Regan: Cowley's dead. The doctors say they can't make a case about which injuries killed him - the beating or the car. Yeah, it means we can't even do the bastards for murder.
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Featured in Call the Cops: The Sweeney (2008) See more »

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An excellent top notch drama.
13 June 2007 | by (Maidstone, Kent, England) – See all my reviews

This is the original TV play that was the forerunner to the successful UK TV series 'The Sweeney'.It is well worth tracking down now as it is not easy to find on either VHS or DVD.It rarely turns up on TV either. Excellent story and top drawer acting plus some great location shots too.Just look how much London has changed ! It is not as violent or bloody as the series it spawned as it concentrates more on Regan's home life although that is not a bad thing. I thought Carter was a bit too mild here but other than that there is an excellent supporting cast.The music and soundtrack is very 70,s and it is missing the usual Sweeney theme.If you get the chance to see it don't miss it.


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