The Sweeney (1974–1978)
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At a stag party Regan re-encounters well-to-do Raymond Meadows, an ex-criminal who drunkenly admits that his wealth is due to a robbery he once pulled, for which Regan let him go for lack ... See full summary »


Christopher Menaul (as Chris Menaul)


Richard Harris, Ian Kennedy Martin (creator) (as Ian Kennedy-Martin)




Episode complete credited cast:
John Thaw ... Det. Insp. Jack Regan
Dennis Waterman ... Det. Sgt. George Carter
Garfield Morgan ... Det. Chief Insp. Frank Haskins
Derek Francis Derek Francis ... Raymond Meadows
Terence Budd Terence Budd ... Douglas Owen
Tina Heath Tina Heath ... Deborah Meadows
Kenny Lynch Kenny Lynch ... Roland Holder
Malcolm Tierney ... Miller
Ron Pember Ron Pember ... Apps
John Barrard ... Chauffeur
Simon Callow ... Detective Sergeant
Michael Logan Michael Logan ... Joke Teller
Jenny Cryst Jenny Cryst ... Girl at Hotel
Jennifer Thanisch Jennifer Thanisch ... Susie Regan


At a stag party Regan re-encounters well-to-do Raymond Meadows, an ex-criminal who drunkenly admits that his wealth is due to a robbery he once pulled, for which Regan let him go for lack of evidence. Widower Raymond disapproves of his daughter Debbie's boyfriend, flash villain Dougie Owen, and Regan suspects Raymond is using him to get the boy out of the picture. However, Owen plays directly into Regan's - and Raymond's - hands by using Debbie as the innocent pawn in a robbery. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Derek Francis (Raymond Meadows) later appeared with Dennis Waterman in The World Cup: A Captain's Tale (1982) See more »


When Meadows sets off from his house in his Rolls Royce, driven by his chauffeur, we see a shot of the car from behind, about to overtake a bright yellow Daf and a pale blue Austin Maxi. There then follows a 15-second scene in which Meadows asks his chauffeur to buy a present. Following this, we again see the Rolls from behind and it has only just gone past the Daf and the Maxi - insufficient gap has been left between the two shots of the Rolls for the intervening scene inside the car. See more »


[Regan and Carter are watching Meadows' house. A Rolls Royce is parked in the drive]
Det. Sgt. George Carter: I never fancied a Roller, myself. "Put the Rolls in the garage, James... I'll butter them later!"
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Dirty River
Written by Graham Preskett
From the album "Country Thing"
Courtesy of De Wolfe Music
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Excellent episode
26 October 2012 | by bernard_dowlingSee all my reviews

In my opinion this episode is seriously under-rated by some people. I see it as the very best of all 53 episodes and I cannot give it anything but a full score of ten in my own vote on its rating. Not only an entertaining storyline, but a very clever twist to the plot. The strength of the storyline, allied to magnificent acting from all the guest actors as well as those in all (John Thaw and Dennis Waterman) or many of (Garfield Morgan) the episodes, make this superb entertainment. Like many episodes of The Sweeney, it has a good humorous touch to it as well. I simply cannot see any reason to say anything remotely critical of this episode. The Sweeney is my all time favourite television drama, and this episode is firmly one of the reasons for that.

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22 November 1976 (UK) See more »

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