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The Sweeney

Season 1 Episode 3

Thin Ice

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 16, 1975 on ITV
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Thin Ice
Regan lures Bishop, a prize crook, back into the country using the villain's favourite dog as bait.

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  • Regan tries to lure Bishop, a millionaire crime lord who has fled the country, back onto British soil so he can be arrested – the key to which is Bishop's beloved dog. A rather bizarre, but not bad, episode...moreless

    'Thin Ice' is a strange sort of 'Sweeney' episode to try and sum up. It is very good in its own right, far from being the weakest episode, but it just feels so... odd!

    The plot is pretty bizarre, about a fleeing crime boss who wants his beloved dog with him. It is certainly not your typical 'Sweeney' plot (in some ways it felt to me like an episode of Waterman's more comedy-based 'Minder' (of which I am also a huge fan)), and for much of it's run-time, feels more like a series of interlinked sketches than a solid story.

    The guest cast is good – Alfred Marks puts in a pantomime-like performance as Bishop, and the late, great character actor Brian Glover is wonderful his dim henchman, Moose (we never get a clue as to if this is a nickname, and if so why he has it). Even Mr. Barrowclough / Foggy Dewhurst himself, Brian Wilde, turns up at one point!

    This story was chosen over the first episode, 'Ringer', as the episode to be shown at the press release of the series, in 1974, with it being felt that this more lightweight, humorous tale would go down better. I suppose I can see their line of thought, but, as I've commented above, it's hardly a typical example of 'The Sweeney'.

    Although only the third episode of the series, 'Thin Ice' to me feels like it could just as easily be at home later in the show's run, where more eccentric and comical plots began to appear.

    I really like 'Thin Ice' in itself, and it has many amusing moments. Not a 'Sweeney' great, but I give it a fair 8/10.moreless
Morris Perry

Morris Perry

Chief Superintendent Maynon

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Alfred Marks

Alfred Marks


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Peter Jeffrey

Peter Jeffrey


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Martin Read

Martin Read


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