The Sweeney: Season 1, Episode 4

Queen's Pawn (23 Jan. 1975)

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After a high-powered lawyer gets three petty thugs off on a murder charge, Regan is authorized to use whatever means necessary to bring the hoodlums in.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Garfield Morgan ...
Tony Selby ...
Johnny Lyon
Bernard Stone
Morris Perry ...
Lynn Dearth ...
Sheila Lyon
John Flanagan ...
DS Matt Mathews
Tony Caunter ...
Derek Clarke
Martin Read ...
Ben Howard ...
Christopher Ellison ...
Phillip Budd
Malou Cartwright ...
Keith Washington ...
The Reporter
Gertan Klauber ...


Flash criminal Johnny Lyons and his two associates Budd and Clarke are acquitted on four charges of robbery, thanks to Lyons' smooth-talking brief. Recalling that Lyons once maimed a good friend of Regan's, Maynon puts Regan on the case, giving him carte blanche to reel Lyons in. Regan uses his chess expertise to sow the seeds of doubt between Clarke and Budd in order to get Lyons, and that includes a little kidnapping. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama





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23 January 1975 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The brick house with imitation Greek pillars around the front door, used as Johnny and Sheila Lyon's house, was also used as Rose Mellors' house in Minder: Diamonds Are a Girl's Worst Enemy (1980). See more »


Matthews is calling Regan from a phone box to brief him about the observations he was asked to do, at the same time, he mentions that Mrs Budd has posted a bulky package with some uncertainty and Regan asks Matthews to get it by using his initiative (meaning call the bomb squad), at that moment in time, it is raining and the ground is wet and when the bomb squad arrive in the next scene, it is sunny and the ground is dry. See more »


The Reporter: Mr. Clarke, Mr. Clarke, how do you feel on being acquitted on all four charges?
Derek Clarke: I mean, you tell me. How would you feel if you won the Oscar, eh?
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(Aka "The Celebrated Chop Waltz" (uncredited)
Composed by Euphemia Allen (aka Arthur de Lulli) 1877
Opening bars played by Lynn Dearth on piano
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