Armchair Cinema: Season 1, Episode 2

Regan (4 Jun. 1974)

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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 ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Montague ...
Arthur Dale
Garfield Morgan ...
David Daker ...
Janet Key ...
Kate Regan
Morris Perry ...
Stephen Yardley ...
Det. Insp. Laker
Barry Jackson ...
Miquel Brown ...
Peter Blythe ...
Carl Rigg ...
Michael Da Costa ...
Ron Pember ...
Landlord (as Ronald Pember)


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 <>

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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 »


Det. Chief Supt. Maynon: This afternoon I ordered you to be suspended, pending disciplinary charges.
Det. Insp. Jack Regan: [drily] So I hear.
Det. Chief Supt. Maynon: You'd done a fairish job. Serious Crime Squad had twenty men on it and they'd no idea he was dead. And you got Dale for that and for killing Cowley. Poor Cowley. He was roaming around out there, not writing reports, not communicating with anybody - *your* responsibility. But just like you roam around out there.
[Regan looks uncomfortable]
Det. Chief Supt. Maynon: Jack, the days of one-man bands are over now we're in an ...
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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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