The Sweeney

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (24)

  • Regan: Get your trousers on, you're nicked.

  • Regan: We're the Sweeney son, and we haven't had any dinner.

  • Regan [ on promotion ]: You stay at what you're good at. There's nothing [upstairs] but ulcers and disappointment.

  • Carter: We live in a world of supply and demand — and you are in demand. Moose: Like a toilet roll. Carter: If you say so, Moose.

  • Regan: Get dressed. Iris: All right. What do you think I should wear? Something inexpensive 'cause of the bullet holes? Or something dark so it doesn't show the blood?

  • Haskins: You were involved in a robbery. Regan: How else am I expected to get close? Put a small ad in Villains' News?

  • Regan: Haskins is doing for the Sweeney what the Boston Strangler did for door-to-door salesmen!

  • Deller: That's right, it's a blag. And a bloody big one.

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Notes (2)

  • When the series was unveiled to the press in late 1974, this episode was chosen over the first (and second) episodes to be shown to them, as it was felt that this more lightweight, humorous story would go down better with reviewers.

  • With its iconic chase sequences between the Sweeney and the Jaguar (complete with crash through boxes) as well as its harrowing plot, this episode has often been used as an example of the series in retrospectives of both 1970s TV, and TV crime drama in general, not only by ITV, but also by the BBC, Channels 4 and 5, and Sky. BBC Four have shown the entire episode as part of a themed season.

Trivia (3)

  • This is one of very few episodes where Jack Regan drives the Ford Consul used throughout the series. He does state during a chase with Max Deller that he is not insured or authorised to drive the car.

  • Regan's ex-wife and daughter make a rare appearance in this episode.

  • Regan uses his own car for much of the episode, a green M-registered Ford Capri Ghia Mk. 2.