The Sweeney: Season 1, Episode 11

Big Spender (13 Mar. 1975)

TV Episode  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime
7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 32 users  
Reviews: 1 user

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

Director:

Writers:

, (creator) (as Ian Kennedy-Martin)
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

Related Items

Search for "Big Spender" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Big Spender (13 Mar 1975)

Big Spender (13 Mar 1975) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Sweeney.
« Previous Episode | 11 of 53 Episodes | Next Episode »
Edit

Cast

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 ...
Jacko
Peter Glaze ...
Joe Spratt
...
Angela
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 March 1975 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(dvd release)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In this episode, Tony Allen (presumably playing Bill the Driver, as he does in many other episodes), gets out of the *back* of the Ford Consul, where Carter normally sits, as they go to visit Charlie Smith at his scrapyard. On this occasion, another officer is driving. See more »

Quotes

[Barry Smith has just crashed his car and is seriously injured after being chased by Regan and Carter. In his car they find a case containing £10,000 in cash]
Det. Sgt. George Carter: One thing, Guv. How are we going to explain all this to Haskins?
Det. Insp. Jack Regan: With long words and a dead straight face.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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 ? "


0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Thaw's accent vaneyck
Favourite Guest Stars Adriandew
The thing I REALLY LOVED about the Sweeney... tyronelewis15
Buying the Series joshuak92
just heard news of a remake being considered Martinrobo123
Robert Swann - Country Boy rtaggart-1
Discuss Big Spender (1975) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?