In the absence of his regular driver, Regan is assigned Brian Cooney, whose flair for high speed driving leads Carter to compare him to Evel Knievel. During a high speed chase after the Prince gang Brian's driving causes the death of a gang member. The gang then kidnap Brian's wife in order to put pressure on him to drive for them but Regan is suspicious. Written by
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Peter Brayham, who worked as stunt arranger for The Sweeney, had the original idea for this episode and wrote a draft script on which Allan Prior based the script that was used for the episode. See more »
When the robbers' blue Jaguar crashes into the oil drums and explodes in the second car chase, the car is seen to be stationary and there is no-one in the car, whereas the previous shot from inside the car shows Prince and Brass bracing themselves for the crash after Cooney has jumped clear. See more »
[to Brian Cooney after he has pursued a robber's Jag at high speed in a very hair-raising chase]
Det. Sgt. George Carter:
Who taught you to drive? Evel Knievel?
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One of the problems with watching a TV series from Yesteryear is one of casting .You're watching a piece of drama and then all of a sudden an actor you have no idea what their real name is but you instantly know their face and the character they played in a household institution makes an appearance and you're suddenly transported out of the on screen narrative. This happens with a vengeance in this episode of THE SWEENEY
Actually there's two unfortunate casting choices though one of them is minor . Billy Murray a well known face on British television playing basically the same type of rough diamond London geezer character makes an early appearance playing a rough diamond London geezer working for the Flying Squad as a car driver called Brian Cooney . The Sweeney are staking out info from a snout where some slags will be doing a blag . A man carrying a briefcase is set upon by desperate ruthless criminals led by ....Benny from CROSSROADS ! You remember Benny the retarded handyman with the regional accent who was a God send to 1970s TV impressionist . No TV impressionist show was complete without a Benny impression or a Jimmy Savile one but the less said about that the better
Some people think boxes suddenly and surreally appearing in 70s TV action series is an urban myth but this is contradicted but the pre-credits opening scene where the cops chase the villains through the streets of London in a car demolishing a stack of cardboard boxes that just happen to be implausibly lying around . The car chase ends when the villains car , a grey Jaguar which seems to be every robbers getaway car of choice in the 1970s , comes to an abrupt halt after bumping against a wall at about two MPH . Ending a high speed car chase against the rozzers obviously caused the getaway driver a lot of embarrassment because he commits suicide by diving through the windscreen
The plot proper is a very grim deadpan one where the wife of Cooney gets kidnapped by the villains and after being responsible for the death of the bad guys driver Cooney is a ready made replacement . It's a good idea but one that isn't fully developed . It also leads to a conclusion that while exciting - Benny and the bad boys get burned to death - has some incredibly bad dialogue as in
Haskins: So were you bent Brian ?
Cooney: No boss . They had my wife I couldn't let them away with with . I'm finished with the force aren't I sir ?
Haskins: yes son you are are
What puzzles me is that despite some duress he still took part in a robbery and accepted 10,000 grand and failed to report a crime . Perhaps Haskins didn't want to break the bad news that Cooney is almost certainly set for a long prison sentence
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