The day before the start of a new term, the university branch of the National Mercian bank is robbed. Regan and his squad arrive and catch or shoot most of the gang but known killer Hands and simple side-kick Monks are still inside with the manager and two women hostages. Haskins' hesitancy in ordering the police marksmen to fire on the robbers leads to a car chase and fatalities, causing Regan to round on his boss. Written by
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Did You Know?
On the first transmission of Series 2, this episode was replaced at short notice by The Sweeney: Trojan Bus
(1975) because on the day that Thou Shalt Not Kill was scheduled to be transmitted, a major armed robbery with many similarities to its storyline was committed. Thou Shalt Not Kill was transmitted a few weeks later as the final episode in the series, originally scheduled to be Trojan Bus. See more
's character was credited as Jimmy Wands but referred to throughout the episode as Terry Wands. See more
[Haskins arrives on the scene. Wands is dead and Monks is cradling him in his arms
Det. Chief Insp. Frank Haskins
How did it happen?
Det. Insp. Jack Regan
It happened the minute you gave in to them. If you'd have ordered us to fire when you had the chance, Dowland would still be alive, that girl's face wouldn't be scarred for life, a policeman wouldn't have been smashed up - and more important, the chances of a villain ever taking hostages again would be a lot less than their gonna be now.