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The Sweeney: On The Run (ITV 20 Dec 1976, with George Sweeney)



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In third season finale On The Run vicious and let’s face it, deranged, armed robber Tim Cook (who Regan put away in the episode Taste of Fear) has escaped from Prison. He was on an hospital visit for an x-ray and had a couple of fellow villains helping him. He has teamed up with fellow ex-con Ian Pinder. It soon becomes clear that Cook has lost it completely.

As the net on him closes in on Cook he, along with a sick Pinder, heads to some nearby woods. Armed with a shotgun this is not going to end well. The final scenes in the wood play out in suitably tense fashion, it’s Regan who ends up tackling Cook but comes off second best – on the ground about to be shot only for George to save him shooting Cook dead.

There is a bit of a standard Sweeney subplot; The episode begins with Jack having a weekend away with new girlfriend Pat. Naturally she is left in the lurch when the case kicks off and the episode closes out with Jack meeting her at the same pub he left her in. He is rather batter and bruised and she tells him “I’ll take what’s left but you are a terrible long term bet Jack.”

George Sweeney, who plays Cook, really ramps up the craziness, even more than his last appearance. It’s the kind of thing he does so well of course.

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

Writer: Roger Marshall / Director: David Wickes

Series: The Sweeney Season 3 Episode 13

John Thaw as Jack Regan
Dennis Waterman as George Carter
Garfield Morgan as Frank Haskins
George Sweeney as Tim Cook
Jan Harvey as Pat
Brendan Price as Ian Pinder
John Sharp as Uncle
Dave Hill as Shaylor
Keith James as Lakin
Anna Wing as Mrs Haldane
Roger Brierley as Psychiatrist
Malya Woolf as Nurse