After Regan's car is stolen with invaluable surveillance photos from a stakeout, the thief gives a heads-up to Sweeney's target.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Garfield Morgan ...
Dave Brooker
Frank Kemble
Jenny Peters
Colin Douglas ...
Alan Lake ...
John Merrick
June Brown ...
Mrs. Martin
Toni Palmer ...
Edi Driscoll
Ray Mort ...
Bernard Driscoll
Angus MacKay ...
Alec Prosser
Leslie Sarony ...
Steve Gardner ...
Billy Martin
Colin Prockter ...
Stupid Hawes


Regan and Carter are conducting surveillance on gang of villains led by Frankie Kemble when Jenny, Regan's girl-friend, has her car stolen with all the information Regan has collated on Kemble inside it. Unfortunately the documents end up in Kemble's possession and Regan has to find another way to trap him. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama




Release Date:

2 January 1975 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Most of the locations that were used in this episode were in south-east London, around Peckham, rather than in west London, around Hammersmith and Kensington, close to the Colet Court production office, as for nearly all the other episodes. See more »


Commander: Hey, you'd better make it, Jack, or I will personally bury you.
Det. Insp. Jack Regan: Thanks. Do you want the heads mounted? On the wall?
[leaves the Commander's office]
Commander: Comedian.
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Featured in Call the Cops: The Sweeney (2008) See more »

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The Heavy Mob
3 August 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

RINGER – 1975 –

This is the pilot episode from the 1975-78 UK Police series, "The Sweeney". This series stars John Thaw and Dennis Waterman as members of London's elite, Flying Squad Police unit. The squad was used for the pursuit of the more violent and nasty of the villain crowd.

Detective Inspector Thaw is on surveillance of some local criminal types, Brian Blessed and his number one, Ian Hendry. He is taking long-range photos of their meetings etc. Word on the street is they are up to something big.

Thaw stops on the way back to the station to make a quick phone call to his girl, Jill Townsend. While on the phone, two local lowlifes, Steve Gardner and Colin Prockter steal his car. In the back is all the paperwork and photos on the surveillance job on Blessed.

This turn of events does not go over at all well with Thaw's boss, Garfield Morgan. He sends Thaw and Detective Sgt. Waterman to beat the bushes and find the car and photos etc.

The two crooks, Gardner and Prockter make a living stealing cars and then selling off the parts. Gardner finds the photos of Blessed and quickly runs then over to Blessed's place. Blessed gives the man a couple of fives and calls his man, Hendry, in for a chat. "Why are the cops watching us?" "Do they know about the upcoming job? The two talk the matter over and decide it is just John Law keeping normal tabs on them.

Thaw and Waterman have tracked down the car thieves and raided their chop shop. Gardner tells the Police that he sold the photos to Blessed, but not the cameras or other papers. He also tells Thaw and company there will be a big job pulled the next day. But he has no idea what it is.

Thaw and the boys now put their heads together to try and figure out what the crooks upcoming job is. Then it hits them, and the light bulbs go off. The next day there is a big time crook being transported to court. The job must be to hit the transfer truck and free the heavy mob man.

Sure enough, the next day the transfer vehicle is stopped and several shotgun armed men break open the back. The van is however filled with Flying Squad men who quickly pile out and stick pistols in the gunmen's faces. Blessed and Hendry do not come quietly and rounds are exchanged, with Blessed being killed.

Good Show! (colour)

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