The Sweeney (1974–1978)
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Stoppo Driver 

After their own getaway driver is killed fleeing police, a gang blackmails a young policeman into being their driver by kidnapping his bride.


Terry Green


Allan Prior, Ian Kennedy Martin (creator) (as Ian Kennedy-Martin)

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Episode complete credited cast:
John Thaw ... Det. Insp. Jack Regan
Dennis Waterman ... Det. Sgt. George Carter
Garfield Morgan ... Det. Chief Insp. Frank Haskins
Nicola Pagett ... Sara Prince
Billy Murray ... Brian Cooney
Wolfe Morris ... Greg Prince
Aubrey Morris ... The Card Player
Paul Angelis Paul Angelis ... Barney Prince
Paul Henry Paul Henry ... Morris Brass
Carrie Lee Baker Carrie Lee Baker ... Marie Cooney (as Carrie Lee-Baker)
Hugh Futcher ... The Porter


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 don @ minifie-1

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Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama







Release Date:

6 March 1975 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Two cars were used for filming the chase sequence when Regan and Carter's brown Ford Consul pursues the robbers' grey Jaguar: the real NHK 295M and also a damaged stand-in double. Billy Murray (Brian Cooney) drove the real NHK 295M that is seen in other episodes - sometimes at speeds of up to 70 mph - but for sections of the chase where the Consul is very close behind robber's car and when they bounce over rough ground, a damaged replica was used, driven by a stunt driver. On close inspection, the difference between the cars is evident: the real car has an aerial on the front wing which the stand-in one does not, and the amount of damage to the offside indicator changes from shot to shot. 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: [snarls] Who taught you to drive? Evel Knievel?
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References Hawaii Five-O (1968) See more »


Return to Summer
Written by Reg Tilsley
From the album "Tilsley Orchestral No 3"
Courtesy of De Wolfe Music
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Needs More Driving
3 March 2019 | by TheFearmakersSee all my reviews

About a replacement driver who's really good at his job. The first scene is all full of action and the rest of the episode is a bit strange, but not bad. The driver's wife is kidnapped but more like threatened, and so Regan and Carter's driver has to secretly work for the bad guys. Too much time's spend on dialogue between the bad guys and the wife's frantic reaction and not enough bridging the action from the start to the finish. But not a bad episode. Semi intriguing and well written.

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