The Sweeney

Season 1 Episode 9

Golden Boy

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 27, 1975 on ITV
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Golden Boy
A gang of thieves led by Max Deller need a way of shipping stolen gold out of the country for resale. Deller leans on a former prison cellmate who is now using another identity to go straight as the managing director of a very successful sporting equipment company, who to protect his safe future has to assist with the plan to ship the gold out as excercise weights.moreless

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  • Regan and Carter are trying to get a visiting investigator drunk to get him off their backs, only to notice a local informant waving large wads of cash about, leading them to stumble over a big upcoming "blag". Some good moments, but a very bitty plot...moreless

    This review contains spoilers.

    'Golden Boy' is a reasonable enough episode in itself – it has some very nice character moments (by this point, the classic Regan / Carter banter is firmly in place), but suffers from a plot that is too bitty in some places, too unfocused in others.

    Things start off interestingly – Regan and Carter are at a local pub (complete with ancient game of Pong) trying to get a visiting investigator drunk enough to leave them alone, when they notice a local informant waving an unusually large wad of cash about. This is an interesting way to begin a tale, but from there on, things get the wobbles.

    Soon after, the informant, Harry, is found dead (having suffered a heart attack). Cue an investigation into what has happened. It all involves the weekly "guest villain", Dudley Sutton, who is also blackmailing an old acquaintance, since gone straight, into helping him in a big upcoming "blag". Some interesting plot elements, but rather all over the place, not focusing enough on one point (the old acquaintance now runs a successful sports equipment firm, which Sutton wants to use as cover for shipping out the stolen gold he plans to rob; an awkward plot connection not made all that clear).

    The actual "blag" concept is interesting, if only for the ancient technology – very early video recorder (not the sort you and I would instantly think of) used to record an hour of security surveillance footage, then played back and piped in to security office (who's "security monitor" is one of those portable black-and-white TVs that every seems to have owned at some point, though this one is in the rarer white version) which Sutton and co. swipe the gold.

    As I say, some very interesting plot elements, but this one just doesn't seem to hang together as well as many of the series' offerings. The last few minutes are great though, complete with amusing delay to nab Sutton as the Ford Consul gets a flat tyre, and Regan finally having enough and driving off, nabbing Sutton just in time.

    Elements such as Harry's death – key in earlier stages of the episode, are pretty much forgotten about, and I just feel the plot could have been tighter and clearer in many points. At time of writing (April 2011), this episode is the lowest ranked first series episode on (coming in a 7.1); I haven't seen the following episodes for some time yet, and would probably rank the previous episode, 'Cover Story', lower than this, but even so, this episode doesn't feel to quite work as well as most stories from the series.

    The many nice character moments and enjoyable climax allow me to give 'Golden Boy' a reasonable 8 out of 10, but even so, this episode feels like it should be better than it ultimately is.moreless
John Nolan

John Nolan

Bernie Conway

Guest Star

Dudley Sutton

Dudley Sutton

Max Deller

Guest Star

Colin Campbell (I)

Colin Campbell (I)


Guest Star

Martin Read

Martin Read


Recurring Role

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