The Sweeney

Season 1 Episode 0

Regan

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jun 04, 1974 on ITV
9.1
out of 10
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Regan
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Sgt Alan Cowley of the Flying Squad is killed whilst on the trail of rival London gangs. It is discovered that he had not called in for several days, and had filed no paperwork detailing his progress. His guvnor, Jack Regan, is determined to find the killers despite being forbidden to interfere in the case, which has been assigned to the rival Serious Flying Squad.moreless

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  • When a Flying Squad officer is found severely beaten after being AWOL for several days, his "guv'nor" Jack Regan is warned away from touching the case due to in-house politics, but is determined to find the culprits. A fair pilot to 'The Sweeney'...moreless

    8.0
    After years of having just a few ropey and often edited off-air copies, I've decided that 2011 is finally going to be the year that I make my way through the complete Sweeney definitive DVD collection (that's been sitting on my shelf for ages), in all their original, uncut glory.



    This is the original 'Armchair Theatre' pilot from 1974. Although I've seen the standard hour-long episodes over and over, I hadn't seen 'Regan' for almost 20 years until watching it tonight to review. Although I think it's been shown on satellite a couple of times, the last time I saw it was when it was shown as part of Channel 4's 'TV Heaven' strand in 1992.



    All of the basic 'Sweeney' ingredients are here, present and correct, but at the same time, haven't quite been fine tuned yet. Regan is a strong a character as always - his first ever line is his immortal "Get your trousers on, you're nicked!" – and he carries most of this story.



    The relationship between Regan and Carter is also not yet quite on form. We hear of George having served under Regan for 18 months but having left for a more stable Police job, not only for sake of his married life, but also because he didn't like Regan's methods. Presumably George grew to understand and trust his "guv" after the events of this story, but even so, much of his animosity seen here seemed to be dropped for the regular series, and led to the classic Regan-Carter banter that was the highlight of many episodes.



    I actually really like this story, but by typical 'Sweeney' standards it's not quite as tight, being slightly over-talky and (again, by 'Sweeney' standards) slower paced for much of its runtime. There is also no classic Sweeney car chase in this one; in fact, very little real action at all. While I love that 'The Sweeney' was much more than simple car chase / shootout action fests, I feel that 'Regan' maybe could have done with one or two set action pieces to spruce it up a bit, especially at the climax. Maybe just being a possible pilot, they didn't have the budget yet.



    This is a very worthy pilot-of-sorts, but I was very surprised to see it currently ranking in TV.com's 10 highest rated episodes of 'The Sweeney' at time of writing (January 2011). It's certainly decent enough, but I can think of ten 'Sweeney' episodes off of the top of my head that I'd rank much higher than this. Maybe it's getting the votes more for what it represents, what it led to?



    All-in-all, I like it, but not quite classic 'Sweeney' yet. I give this one a reasonable 8 out of 10.moreless
John Thaw

John Thaw

Det. Inspector Jack Regan

Dennis Waterman

Dennis Waterman

Det. Sergeant George Carter

Garfield Morgan

Garfield Morgan

Det. Chief Inspector Haskins

Janet Key

Janet Key

Kate Regan

Guest Star

David Daker

David Daker

James Edward Tusser

Guest Star

Lee Montague

Lee Montague

Arthur Dale

Guest Star

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