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The Sweeney: Visiting Fireman (ITV 20 Sep 1976, with Nadim Sawalha)

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In Visiting Fireman Regan finds himself suspended after a drinking session with a villain who turns out to be one of the chief suspects in a major case. It just so happens that Regan is the one who gives him an alibi.

Meanwhile he is supposed to be liaising with visiting Turkish policeman Shebbeq who is investigating a possible insurance scam that saw five million dollars leaving his country illegally. Regan finds himself helping Shebbeq despite not being officially on duty. A convenient fire at the insurance company offices and a bomb planted in Regan’s car means that someone is more than keen to make sure that Shebbeq doesn’t get the info he needs. The always excellent Nadim Sawalha as visiting Inspector Shebbeq.

Something of a funny episode, it feels like it marks something of a turning point in the series. The great success of the series and the double act of Regan and Carter especially, sees them playing up to that knowledge. Not least in the Jimmy Durante themed song and dance routine the pair pull off in a drinking club. It’s great fun of course!

Although he has been mentioned fairly regularly Haskins has yet to be seen so far this season.

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Katya Wyeth as Helga who ends up as a girlfriend of Jack’s.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Monday 20 September 1976 at 9.00pm

Writer: Troy Kennedy-Martin / Director: Tom Clegg

Series: The Sweeney Season 3 Episode 3

cast
John Thaw as Jack Regan
Dennis Waterman as George Carter
Nadim Sawalha as Shebbeq
Morris Perry as Maynon
Valentine Palmer as Carew
Jim McManus as Ollie Parsons
Frederick Treves as Beemax
Michael Cronin as Sgt Chivers
Ian Thompson as Thompson
Ronnie Brody as Mechanic
Anthony Langdon as Shand
Katya Wyeth as Helga
Laurence Harrington as Lawyer
Richard Felgate as McFarland
Pauline Cunningham as Typist
Joe Griffiths as Pianist

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