The Sweeney

Season 1 Episode 5


Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 30, 1975 on ITV
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Episode Summary

Regan knows that Eddie Boys is involved in a factory robbery, but he seems to have a cast-iron alibi. Worse still, Regan is accused of police harassment.

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  • The Sweeney investigate the latest in a series of vault robberies, where an elderly security guard is coshed over the head. But the man that Regan is certain is responsible, has a cast-iron alibi – he was drinking with Regan at the time. A great ep...moreless

    I am amazed to see that, at time of writing (February 2011), 'Jigsaw' only holds a 7.9 rating here on In my opinion, it is a top notch episode, and I found it enjoyable throughout.

    It is about this point that the series really feels to have found it's footing, telling some great crime tales, laced with some interesting guest characters and the increasingly trademark Regan / Carter banter to boot.

    I like the scene of George at home (complete with trying to start ancient lawnmower to mow the grass), defending Regan to wife Alison (future 'Juliet Bravo' star Stephanie Turner). It is in stark contrast to Carter's dislike and distrust of Jack seen in the Armchair Theatre pilot, 'Regan'. Although the character was reworked very subtly for the series, at the same time, George has quickly come to like and respect his Guv'nor.

    In a similar vein, by this episode, whilst their relationship is still fiery, Haskins is developing a quiet respect for Regan and his methods, a gradual advancement from their harsh relationship in very early episodes.

    I found the plot itself to be engrossing, and really left me wondering how Eddie Boys and his cronies pulled off the robbery, or if Jack really was harassing the wrong man.

    Another great scene is at the school P.T.A. meeting, where Boys – and us, the audience – think that Regan has finally overstepped the line and is blatantly hounding Boys in public; only for it to turn out that Jack is there to give a speech on crime prevention. (It plays out better than it sounds on paper!!)

    This episode reminds me of, and sums up why, I have loved 'The Sweeney' all of my life (well, since I was old enough for my Dad, who was into it first time 'round, decided that I was grown up enough to watch it)! So many great touches, nice lines, and general sharp execution. As I say at the top of this review, I'm amazed to see it currently only holds a 7.9 rating; from me it gets a solid 10/10.moreless

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