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The Sweeney: The Bigger They Are (ITV 26 Oct 1978, with Colin Jeavons)



In The Bigger They Are, Gold, a prominent establishment figure is being blackmailed over a massacre he took part in in Malaya during the conflict there. He persuades his old army boss Masterson to help him retrieve the incriminating documents and photos that are being used against him. Masterson though, very much has his own agenda.

A difficult case for Regan and Carter, their stand in boss DCI Anderson (yes Haskins is away again) wants things done his way and Special Branch man Grey also has his own reasons for keeping an eye on proceedings.

The Sweeney The Bigger They Are

“Look George it’s my turn to wear the leather jacket…”

The casting is pretty good with Colin Jeavons as Gold and Donald Burton as Special Branch man Grey whilst Tony Steedman plays to type as Masterson.

The Sweeney The Bigger They Are Leather Jacket

We thought there was only leather jacket being shared by Regan and Carter, but no Regan has his own.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 26 October 1978 at 9.00pm

Writer: Tony Hoare / Director: Mike Vardy

Series: The Sweeney Season 4 Episode 8

John Thaw as Jack Regan
Dennis Waterman as George Carter
Colin Jeavons as Gold
Jenny Runacre as Sharon
Donald Burton as Grey
Tony Steedman as Masterson
Raymond Skipp as Collins
Colin McCormack as Wade
Ian Collier as Logan
Trevor Thomas as Garner
Richard Wilson as Detective Chief Inspector Anderson
Nick Brimble as Burtonshaw
Richard Hampton as Barnes
John Carlin as Pierce