Young Davey Holmes is arrested after an elderly money-lender whom he has visited is attacked and robbed, and May, his mother, asks her old friend Jack Regan to intervene. Although it is ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Marjorie Yates ...
May Holmes
Karl Howman ...
Sheila Martin
Brian Gwaspari ...
Det. Sgt. Cree
Len Holmes
Tim Hardy ...
Jeremy Sinden ...
Det. Con. Feast
Don Edwards
Kathleen St. John ...
Miss Finch


Young Davey Holmes is arrested after an elderly money-lender whom he has visited is attacked and robbed, and May, his mother, asks her old friend Jack Regan to intervene. Although it is proved that he got a legitimate loan and is innocent of robbery, his troubles are far from over as he is being black-mailed and has fallen foul of some very dangerous people. He really needs Regan's help. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama




Release Date:

25 October 1976 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the scene where Davey runs from his house to the wasteground, chased by DS Cree and DC Feast, a distinctive red American car that has been converted into a towing truck is seen briefly. This car featured in another episode The Sweeney: In from the Cold (1976): it was used to rip the doors off a prison van so as to secure Billy Medhurst's release. See more »


In the scene where Regan and Carter are following Don Edwards to the derelict flat where Davey Holmes is hiding, they pass a row of parked cars, with a shop called Chelsea Typewriters in the background. In the shots of Don's bike and the Sweeney's white Ford Cortina, the parked cars are a white Datsun, a red Fiat, a motorbike covered in a blue tarpaulin and a grey Jaguar. In the shot from inside the Cortina, a white Riley is now parked between the Datsun and the Fiat where there was previously an empty space. See more »


Francis: [menacingly but calmly] Mr Jessop sends his apologies. He's not feeling very well. Something to do with his legs. He tried to sell me some information... dirt, pure dirt.
[Davey tries to leave]
Francis: We've not begun our little chat and already you're wanting to leave. Now that's not polite!
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Regan's Soft Side
21 November 2012 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

This starts exactly like a horror movie . A man is writing in a dark study late at night .He hears a sound . Scared by this noise he enters the hallway and realises he's not alone . It wasn't entirely unknown for several episodes of THE SWENEY to open this way , though it's far from routine for the series

May isn't a routine episode for the series . When the man from the opening sequence ends up in hospital with a fractured skull , it's two different rozzers from the flying squad who arrest the suspect who might be the slag who did the blag along with flying squad lingo such as " okay chummy get you coat we want to speak to you down the station " only to have the slag run off down a street

The mother of this week's character guest starring in a role before they became relatively well known then contacts Jack Regan and we get to see if not the soft side of Jack Regan then a more human side

This isn't problematic for the episode it's just that not a lot happens . If you're the viewer who remembers THE SWEENEY as the cop show that saw Regan and Carter giving very naughty boys a good kicking as they ripped off a white security van then you might find this a bit too character driven talkative and slow

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