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The Sweeney: The Trap (ITV 6 Oct 1975, with Sydney Tafler)



The Sweeney The Trap

In The Trap Regan is being targeted by the press for a charge of conspiracy on a five year old case. The paper is keen to bring another corrupt copper down and has one of Regan’s snouts, Noah Riley, holed up in a hotel with the offer of money to turn in a story about a raid on a dairy five years before. Riley was not involved but is now claiming he was.

The Sweeney The Trap Sydney Tafler

The always good value Sydney Tafler is crooked mini-cab boss Manny Bellow. Note the “syrup” worn by Manny, this gets it’s own starring moment later in the episode. 

It’s Woods and Davies the other two men who were actually involved in the dairy blag and are out after five years in prison who really want their revenge on Regan. Jack knows he needs to track down Noah before the story gets out or his career may be over. Noah is being blackmailed by Davies and Woods threatening to seriously hurt his elderly mother if he doesn’t lie about the case.

A fine script from the always excellent Ray Jenkins and lots of strong performances, with Kenneth Colley as the agitated Riley; the always good value Sydney Tafler as cab firm owner Manny Bellow; Geoffrey Whitehead and Bernard Kay as the journos.

The Sweeney The Trap Kenneth Colley

Kenneth Colley is Noah Riley.

classic quote
“That Dairy job got me where I am now, all I’ll get out of this is no promotion for the rest of my service. Do you want some of that.”

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Monday 6 October 1975 at 9.00pm

Writer: Ray Jenkins / Director: James Goddard

Series: The Sweeney Season 2 Episode 6

John Thaw as Regan
Dennis Waterman as Carter
Garfield Morgan as Haskins
Sydney Tafler as Manny Bellow
Eliabeth Begley as Mrs Riley
Kenneth Colley as Noah Riley
Bernard Kay as Thomas
Geoffrey Whitehead as Mills
Brian Hall as Davies
Harry Jones as Hooter
James Valentine as Woods
Sean Clarke as Danny
Polly Perkins as Singer