Watched this episode again last night-one of my personal faves from the 4th series,this.A pretty good cast here-Edward Judd plays Eddie Monk brilliantly,the ex-villain turned straight.Interesting when Eddie starts to get blackmailed he turns back into the nasty villain he must have once been.A great line when he says to Alec Sleman "you never did have any funnel".Another episode where age plays a large part (perhaps a recurring theme in series 4),it sees a couple of very over-the-top ex villains becoming very much out of their depth in taking on the much younger,nastier villain,Fisher-played nicely by Lionel Haft.
The scene near the end always has the same effect on me,and I become almost choked where Jack has to be pulled off of Fisher by George,saying the line "this one's for Eddie Monk".Plainly they were mates:and that shows a different side to Regan,as in this episode he does seem very friendly towards an ex-con,and off the top of my head I can't recall another villain held in the same esteem.
Great episode,this.Well worth watching.
"I'm playing all the right notes.But not necessarily in the right order."
He was friendly with them (Monk & Sleman) possibly because they had disowned villainy and turned their lives around.
And they seemed to be 'old school' villains rather than the vicious Fisher. It's a common theme throughout Trevor Preston's writing, the close relationship between crims & coppers, also seen in 'May' & the grudging respect for Regan shown in an ep like 'Big Brother', 'you know where you stand with Regan' etc. I think the reason some of the working classes hate the police so much is because the police are largely drawn from the ranks of the working class & so are seen as traitors ( terms like 'filth', etc. ) rather like strike breakers are ( 'scab', etc. ). It's a survival tactic that was taught to people from hard backgrounds, the 'all coppers are bastards' mentality, the 'look after your own' mindset. Throughout The Sweeney Regan seems to represent the hard but fair copper that commands respect, culminating in his 'I'm abjectly p***ed off' speech in 'Jack Or Knave', a policeman with integrity that villains could have a drink with.
Do you mind not calling me squire or chief or boyo or mate?
Post by Tyne Tees Colour on Sept 1, 2015 8:59:39 GMT
Very good points Arthur. Regan hadn't necessarily fared any better as a copper than, say, Sleman had.
Regan had a good job, but a broken marriage and an unstable home life, moving from flat to flat. Sleman had made a good go of his small business, but was still stigmatised by the villainy of his younger self. In short, things that had gone wrong earlier still had an impact upon Monk, Sleman and Regan.
And all three of them were vulnerable to violent villains like Fisher.