The Sweeney: Season 2, Episode 8

Poppy (20 Oct. 1975)

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Vic Labbett, a violent robber who fled England following a robbery, has now returned from exile but only temporarily. His aim is to pick up the cash from the heist and convert it into ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Garfield Morgan ...
James Booth ...
Vic Labbett
Ron Brett
Veronica Lang ...
Sally Labbett
Helen Gill ...
Kay Nolan
Frank Middlemass ...
John D. Collins ...
Stephen Vane
John Alkin ...
Patsy Smart ...
Virginia Moore ...


Vic Labbett, a violent robber who fled England following a robbery, has now returned from exile but only temporarily. His aim is to pick up the cash from the heist and convert it into diamonds and fly out of the country again. Regan is on to him and although Labbett initially eludes him, a muddy car chase across the air-field leads to his downfall. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama




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20 October 1975 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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In the final chase scenes, when the police cars are chasing the robbers' Jaguar over the grassy airfield, copious amounts of mud and spray can be seen in shot, coming from the back of the camera car which is filming them. See more »


[talking about suspects' alibis]
Det. Insp. Jack Regan: D'you know where Toerag Smith said he was? "Seeking spiritual guidance"! He was with some hippy slag in Leicester.
Det. Sgt. George Carter: Lucky Toerag!
Det. Insp. Jack Regan: You'll end up in an oxygen tent!
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Excellent episode
2 October 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Sweeney was a great series in my opinion.

I thought this was one of the best episodes ever.

Vic Labbett, brilliantly played by James Booth, is a violent and unpleasant crook who has returned to England to pick up some cash from a previous robbery. However, he intends to exchange the hot money for some diamonds by using a go between. He is calculating, manipulative and ruthless in the way he uses people including John Rhys-Davies who helped him get away before, Veronica Lang as his wife and Helen Gill as his mistress. Labbett shoots the go between, played by John D Collins, because he believes that he has betrayed him to Regan and co but in fact Regan and co already knew he had returned by the fact that Labbett had been spotted by one of Regan's snouts.

Labbett is eventually caught when Regan tells his wife about his mistress which she didn't have any idea about and his wife tells Regan where Labbett is likely to be picked up from by plane.

I thought this was a great episode. Booth produces a great performance as the unpleasant crook. The other characters are also excellent, especially Lang as the faithful wife cruelly cheated on by Labbett. It is good that Labbett gets his just desserts at the end. Even then he still tries to pretend to Rhys-Davies that the police are making up the story about the diamonds because Labbett had intended to get away without returning or giving Rhys-Davies any of his share. There is even a pretty good car chase at the end with a Triumph and Jaguar getting wrecked !.

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