- Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:10 am
Wasn't there an episode of the Sweeney where Regan and Carter are seconded to Southend CID and go undercover in a knotted hankie and a kiss me quick hat respectively, investigaing a donkey derby knobbling ring that ends up with the pair of them uncovering an international donkey smuggling racket and jetting off to Florida to nick the grubby, expatriate social misfit running the outfit from his swimming pool maintainance business and masquerading as a journalist, played with some relish by Arthur Mullard, ably assisted by Maureen Lipman as his bossy, ever-so-Jewish grandmother? If I remember correctly it all ended up with a custard pie fight in a Vero Beach gay bar (yes, it was the not so serious second series with the naff triangle prism opening credits). In fact, the episode-"Dickie The Donkey Knobbler" - proved so popular that the cast were brought back together for a Christmas special "The Return of Donkey Dickie", in which Regan and Carter realise that the unlikeable rogue running a rip-off 'winter wonderland' in Epping Forest looks familiar...I think they get him to move on by threatening to report his days spent in the U.K to the taxman. Due to contractual obligations (Mullard was in panto at the time of filming), the villain was played by David Jason who used the opportunity to hone his repellent, constant failure spiv character that would so epitomise the eighties. The show was a ratings flop as it went up against 'Dad's Army' and proved to be the final nail in the Sweeny's coffin. All spookilly relevant to Brexit, eh? Mind how you go.
Thank you Mr Greig, that'll be three grand, please.