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The Sweeney: Jack or Knave (ITV 28 Dec 1978, with Barrie Ingham)



In Jack or Knave, the final episode of the entire series, the Squad are on the trail of a gang of vicious armed robbers who are not afraid to use the “shooters” they carry.

Meanwhile an old allegation of corruption in 1968 is revived following a newspaper article and it threatens to derail Jack’s career for good. He is charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and taking a bribe to ensure an acquittal.

On top of that Detective Chief Superintendent Canning who Regan worked with years before puts in a complaint against Regan of insolence and indiscipline. Regan and Canning worked together at the time of the complaint and Jack is convinced Canning is out to get him for some reason.

The thing about Jack all along though is that despite not always doing things by the book (let’s face seldom doing things by the book) he would never take a bribe – he hates villains far too much for that. With Jack suspended from duty it’s up to George to save the day. It quickly becomes obvious that it was Regan’s now dead former boss that was up to good and the charges are dropped.

It’s an excellent final episode and with something of a sense of closure too. For Jack this is the final straw. After having told Haskins exactly how he feels Jack walks out of the squad. Out on the pavement George tries to persuade him to go for a drink but Jack makes it plain that he needs time away to think. As Regan leaves in a taxi Haskins joins George outside. “He’ll be back,” he says “He needs the job like an alcoholic needs booze.” George isn’t convinced.

classic quote
“I’m gonna have to be reinstated and what do you bunch of bleedin’ double eyed hypocrites want now. You want me to crawl back to work and be terribly grateful that I didn’t get nicked for something I didn’t do. Well you can stuff it.”

The Sweeney Jack and Knave

Jack has finally reached the end of the line…

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 28 December 1978 at 9.00pm

Writer: Ted Childs / Director: Tom Clegg

Series: The Sweeney Season 4 Episode 14

John Thaw as Jack Regan
Dennis Waterman as George Carter
Garfield Morgan as Frank Haskins
Barrie Ingham as Canning
Richard Griffiths as Harries
Jo Warne as Gloria
Ralph Nossek as Duxbury
David Casey as Jackson
Andrew Downie as Bishop
Jane Cussons as Sonia
Dan Gillan as Desk Sergeant
Anna Nygh as Jean
Matthew Scurfield as Kennedy
Andrew Paul as Teenager
Peggy Ann Jones as Lady
Frank Lee as Driver
Stephen Gordon as Driver’s mate
Linda Hooks as Ivy

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Hazell: Hazell and Hyde (ITV 7 June 1979, with Maev Alexander)




Hazell Nicholas Ball

In Hazell and Hyde James is asked to find a young woman, Claudine, who has apparently joined a group of squatters. When Hazell tracks down the group he is told that they had forced her to move on – her drug use was causing big problems. When a body turns up it looks like Hazell has found her, and an identification by her father seems to confirm it. However Choc Minty quickly arrives on the scene and makes it plain the dead girl is not the Claudine he is looking for but a woman who had apparently crossed Claudine in some way.

Claudine actually turns out to be something of a psychopath and having killed once has decided to make her next target our intrepid hero.

Meanwhile Jim has finally found himself somewhere else to live, his old flat having been reclaimed by the fellow he lent him the use of it.

It’s definitely something of a walk on the seedier side of life for Hazell. Maev Alexander, wjho plays the disturbed Claudine, is best known for her role as Christine Russell in the first couple of seasons of Sutherland’s Law.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 7 June 1979

Writer: P.J. Hammond / Production Design: Robin Parker / Director: Baz Taylor

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 8

Nicholas Ball as Hazell
Maev Alexander as Claudine
Peter Bourke as Graham Morris
Myrtle Devenish as Old lady singer
Christopher Godwin as Claw-Hammer
Betty Hardy as Mrs. Gladys Hazell
Michael J. Jackson as Squatter
Norman Lumsden as Old man singer
Ronald Mayer as Pianist / Singer
Roddy McMillan as ‘Choc’ Minty
Desmond McNamara as Cousin Tel
Yvonne Nicholson as Squatter
Mark Penfold as Mortuary attendant
John Rapley as Mr. Clive
Katherine Stark as Annie

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Hazell: Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost (ITV 31 May 1979, with Meg Davies)




Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost

In Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost our intrepid hero pays a visit to the seaside when an accountant, Peter Harlow, calls him in over a cottage he has been left in a will. He has no idea why he has been left the cottage but since he has taken over ownership more than a few strange things have been happening.

Hazell stays at the cottage for a few days and manages to find no small amount of comfort when Harlow’s wife Stephanie turns up (Harlow himself is in New York). Although there is clearly something spooky going on it’s definitely man made and it doesn’t take Hazell too long to work it out.

The episode was a rare outing outside of London for the series, it was filmed in the East Anglian village of Walberswick and surrounds. Although all the interiors were filmed in studio of coure.

classic quote
I may be common but I’m not stupid

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 31 May 1979

Writer: Richard Harris / Production Design: Philip Blowers, Peter Elliot / Director: Mike Vardy

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 7

Nicholas Ball as Hazell
Michael Gaunt as Peter Harlow
John Woodnutt as Vicar
Desmond Llewellyn as Bell
Richard Simpson as Weaver
Meg Davies as Stephanie Harlow
Desmond McNamara as Tel
Peter Woodward as Gregory Summers
Joy Steward as Mrs Summers

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Hazell: Hazell Gets The Boot (ITV 10 May 1979, with Billy Murray)




Hazell Gets The Boot

In Hazell Gets The Boot Hazell finds himself more or less coerced into taking on a supposedly simple job for villain Dave Castle. His Bently has been stolen and he wants James to get it back for him. Hazell’s investigation leads him to a scrap yard where the car is being hidden. He gets more than he bargained for when two of the Connell gang ambush him and give him a thorough going over.

Meanwhile Hazell’s love life is also going through a troublesome patch. Patsy Flanagan is spending some time at his flat after having a dust up with her husband. Hazell is keen for the arrangement to be just a night or two of pleasure but Patsy is keen on a more permanent arrangement.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 10 May 1979

Writer: Willis Hall / Director: Carol Wilks

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 4

James Hazell as Nicholas Ball
Billy Murray as Big Dave
Pauline Delaney as Sister
Peter Bourke as Graham Morris
Liz Crowther as Cynthia
Betty Hardy as Mrs Gladys Hazell
Cindy O’Callaghan as Patsy Flanagan

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