The Sweeney: Season 1, Episode 11

Big Spender (13 Mar. 1975)

TV Episode  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime
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The Smith Brothers, a vicious group of mobsters, abandon their usual strong-arm tactics to run a parking ticket scam at a car park.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Garfield Morgan ...
William Wardle
Stella Goodman
Godfrey James ...
Charley Smith
John Smith
Billy Hamon ...
Barry Smith
Maureen Pryor ...
Enid Wardle
Peter Armitage ...
Peter Glaze ...
Joe Spratt


The Smith brothers are heavy duty criminals specializing in hi-jacking and robbery but have yet to be brought to book. When they discover car park manager Wardle's scam to obtain money from motorists for fake tickets they decide that they want in on it. This will provide Regan with the opening that he needs to nick them. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama





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13 March 1975 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Barry Smith drives a two-tone light blue / dark blue Jaguar S-type, registration DWD 606C. However this is not the same car as the one with the same registration which seen in the opening titles for Series 1-3: that car is all the same dark colour. See more »


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Alf Garnett And Heavy Handed Symbolism
3 March 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

THE SWEENEY is a show that very often has two distinctive types of episode - one humorous and the other gritty . This episode entitled Big Spender written by Allan Prior tries to mix the two and it;s not all that successful in coherence . Put it like this you can remember THAT scene featuring Warren Mitchell and perhaps the scene at the end featuring the demise of the villain but your memory might tell you they were from two entirely different episodes when in fact they weren't . In other words it's a slightly incoherent episodein tone

The plot involves around Regen and Carter trying to bring to book a trio of hardened criminal brothers who have moved in to the world of parking fine fraud . Yeah instead of using shooters to hijack a van they're diversifying before such a concept became fashionable and I guess the writers wanted to put a new spin on the cops and robbers theme . This doesn't stop the episode being action packed as a car chase takes place that ends with the bad guy crashing not in to boxes but a trailer containing milk urns . During this the laws of physics are broken and the bad guy's briefcase flies out the car on to road and spills pound notes everywhere giving a classic example of symbolism . The episode ends on another example of symbolic irony where the chief villain gets in to a shoot out in his scrapyard and gets crushed to death by one of his vehicles . How's that for irony ?

There is a character subplot where an accountant Willie Wardle is laundering the brothers' money. Wardle is played by Warren Mitchell best known for playing Alf Gernett a legendary television character . Due to the Flying Squad staking out the flat of his mistress Willie has to find a way to get home so disguises himself as a woman and a fat lot of good it does him as Regan and Cater are all ready waiting for him which leads to some darkly funny dead pan dialogue " Why didn't you just cut and run ? " " What in those heels ? "

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