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The Sweeney: Golden Boy (ITV 27 Feb 1975, with John Nolan)

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The Sweeney Golden Boy

In Golden Boy crooked Deller is planning a gold bullion job but needs help getting the gold out of the country. He wants ex-con turned wealthy businessman Bernie Conway to get involved and is willing to blackmail him to ensure he does.

Meanwhile Potter, a colleague of Regan’s, has heard that something may be going on and gives Carter the nod. The trail leads to drunken snout Harry Fuller who is suddenly flush with cash. When Fuller lets Deller know the police are on his tail Deller loses his temper and accidentally kills Fuller.

There is a funny subplot involving the Organisation and Methods Department who are conducting a survey on the Flying Squad’s operations. Much to Jack’s disgust of course. So much so that he continually does his best to get Bradshaw, the man who is conducting the survey, secretly drunk by spiking his lemonade with vodka.

Like the previous episode (Cover Story) guest star Prunella Gee, John Nolan had recently made a name for himself with a lead role in the very popular Shabby Tiger series.

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The Sweeney Golden Boy John Nolan

John Nolan as Bernie Conway

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 27 February 1975 at 9.00pm

Writer: Martin Hall / Director: Tom Clegg

Series: The Sweeney Season 1 Episode 9

cast
John Thaw as Regan
Dennis Waterman as Carter
Dudley Sutton as Deller
John Nolan as Conway
Andy Morton as Fuller
Colin Campbell as Potter
Tony Jay as Lambourne
Anne Zelda as Joanna
Peter Miles as Bradshaw
Martin Read as Thorpe
Dennis de Marne as Fred
Tim Wylton as Customs man
Michael Segal as Reporter
Fran Fullenwider as Girl in pub
Helli Louise as Second girl in pub

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