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The Professionals

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The Professionals (1977 - 1983) - "Anarchy, acts of terror, crimes against the public. To combat it I've got special men - experts from the Army, the Police - from every service. These are The Professionals." - George Cowley.
The Professionals was one of British television's most popular and successful action series of the 1970s and 80s. At their peak in 1980 The Pros were earning as many as 17.6 million viewers. The Professionals began life in early 1977, provisionally titled The A-Squad, in an idea conceived by Brian Clemens, the then head of the independent TV company Avengers Mark I Productions. His aim was to create a rival for Thames television's hugely successful long-running police series The Sweeney. Bodie, Doyle and Cowley could have looked very different to how we remember them as. A number of very different actors were considered for the three central roles, with neither of the final chosen team being the original choices. The final three were more or less drafted in when the first choice stars either declined or were axed. Gordon Jackson (formerly the distinctly unmenacing Butler Hudson in Upstairs Downstairs) and Martin Shaw (whose first TV appearance was as a hippie in 1960s Coronation Street) were first to be cast. During the filming of the first episode, Old Dog with New Tricks Bodie was in fact played by Anthony Andrews. Unfortunately, old mates Shaw and Andrews spent much of the time cracking up with laughter - hardly a recipe for ensuring the renowned edgy banter between the two leads. Lewis Collins (best known by this time as Gavin Rumsey in comedy series The Cuckoo Waltz) was brought in to play Bodie, with Andrews being given the heave-ho. Collins and Shaw had previously worked together just months earlier in an episode of The New Avengers, and were cast alongside each other again thanks to the 'sparky, abrasive' on-screen partnership that they generated. In other words, they didn't particularly like each other! But with the central cast complete, filming began on 20 June 1977, with the first episode Private Madness Public Danger debuting on Friday 30 December 1977. Criminal Intelligence 5 The basis of The Professionals was CI5 - Criminal Intelligence 5 - an organisation lead by surly Scotsman George Cowley (played by Gordon Jackson), a former MI5 head who founded the team as an 'umbrella organisation' to help alleviate London's ever-increasing level of criminal activity. CI5 consisted of up to forty men and women agents, but the main action was centred around Cowley's two top operatives; William Andrew Philip Bodie (Agent 3.7) and Raymond Doyle (4.5). Bodie (Lewis Collins) - he of the close-cropped hair, polo necks and smart suits - was a mercenary in Africa, who deserted the Merchant Navy to join the Paras and later the SAS, before being signed up to CI5 by Cowley. He was, on the surface, an uncompromising thug with a penchant for the 'hit first, ask questions later' theory - thinking nothing of causing 'damage' to a suspect if it meant getting the right results. Doyle (Martin Shaw) was a former Docklands Police Constable, and his more placid nature was reflected in his memorable bubble-perm hairstyle and casual clothing attire (i.e. old plaid jackets and skintight jeans). However, he possessed a tougher streak to match that of Bodie if ever riled by a particularly awkward suspect. Chalk and Cheese The show's major appeal lay in its well-balanced mix of strong acting and direction, coupled with Bodie and Doyle's sparky partnership and chalk-and-cheese personalities. Cowley's preoccupation with pure malt scotch and occasional bullet-wound limp were also a source of amusement for the Lads, but overall they each viewed one another with a great mutual respect. The fifty-seven episode run produced a great variety of gripping plots, most notably the destruction of a German terrorist group in Close Quarters, the testing of a potentially deadly laser gun in Hunter Hunted, a supposed crime-free town masking a squad of corrupt policeman in In the Public Interest and the trial of CI5 in The Rack to name but a few. Like any show, however, there were a number of dodgy episodes to contend with, the chief honour going to The Gun and Blood Sports during the generally below-par fourth season. Banned! The Professionals wasn't without controversy, though - and no, we don't mean Martin Shaw's hair (which was, amazingly, his own idea!). Klansmen, the thirteenth (unlucky for some?) and final episode was banned and remains unaired in the UK even to this day because it dealt with the subject of racism. Only now with the DVD release will British fans be able to see the episode for themselves. Eventually Lewis and Martin quit the series in 1981 when their four-year contracts expired and although Gordon was said to have been happy to continue, it was decided not to cast a set of new characters because of Lewis and Martin's popularity. However, both had become tired of the monotony of playing their characters - least of all Martin, who had begun to express his dislike of playing 'violent puppet' Doyle at approximately six weeks into the role! Filming was quickly wrapped up with Spy Probe in mid-1981, but due to several ITV strike disputes in the late 1970s, several episodes were held back and the fifth season did not begin transmission until November 1982. The final edition, No Stone was broadcast on Sunday 6 February 1983. Martin allegedly barred any further repeats being broadcast on British terrestrial TV until 1992 and now the only UK-based channel that regularly screens re-runs is satellite station Granada Plus, albeit with a ridiculous series of censorship rules in place (of course, to conceal unnecessary violence we assume, not to make way for more washing powder adverts). Then and Now The Professionals will forever be remembered for sparking such hard-hitting debate as: who was the best looking, Bodie or Doyle? (for the women), who had the smartest motor? (for the blokes) and who was going to be the first victim to be injured by Doyle's erupting perm? (for those mourning the demise of decent hairstyles as the Seventies kicked in). Since the series ended more than twenty years ago, the cast have had mixed fortunes in their careers. Gordon Jackson continued to work successfully in a number of high-profile film and TV roles until he very sadly passed away in 1990, at the age of 66. Martin Shaw appeared in The Chief and Rhodes in the mid-1990s, and has recently made a comeback to prime-time television, with starring roles in A&E and Judge John Deed. In 2003 he became the new face of P.D James' long-running detective, Adam Dalgliesh. Lewis Collins unfortunately fell victim to the dreaded typecasting, appearing in a series of ill-advised foreign action movies in the 1980s (although we rather liked Who Dares Wins!) His most recent UK TV appearances were in Cluedo - a thankfully now defunct quiz show presented by the likes of Richard Madeley - in 1991 and a cameo appearance in the dodgy ITV1 'comedy' series The Grimleys in 1999. He has spent the past few years concentrating on theatre work, including a role in the thriller Dangerous Corner, also in 1999. In 2002 Lewis guest-starred in an episode of police series The Bill. The New Professionals The series was revived in 1999, now under the very imaginative alias of The New Professionals. At first it was thought Lewis Collins would be making a comeback appearance, with Bodie being elevated to the position vacated by Cowley, but negotiations for this later fell through. Martin Shaw, on the other hand, was 'not invited' to reprise his role. Interest in the show was less than forthcoming; the first series being pushed into a rather unsociable time slot on the satellite channel Sky One. It now seems unlikely that another season will be made. Over the past decade there has been a renewed interest for The Professionals and all things retro. The memorable 1996 Nissan Car advertisement ("This car's well-sprung" / "A bit like your hair!") and the release of all 57 episodes on DVD in 2002, will ensure that the show is likely to gain a whole new generation of fans following its Silver Jubilee year.

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Gordon Jackson
George Cowley
Martin Shaw
Doyle
Lewis Collins
Bodie
Bridget Brice
Betty
Sally Harrison
Chauffeuse / Jo / Susan
Pamela Stephenson
Attractive Blonde / Maggie Briggs / Nurse Emma Bolding
Allan Surtees
Minister / Vicar
Nadim Sawalha
Arab Diplomat / Doad / Sheikh Achmeia
Frank Jarvis
Dale / Musgrave / Patterson
Trevor Adams
Benny, CI5 Agent
Diana Weston
Ruth Pettifer, CI5 Girl / Ruth, CI5 Girl
Dick Sullivan
Porter / Priest
Christopher Ellison
Biggs, CI5 Agent / Paul Coogan
Pamela Salem
Ann Seaford / Marikka Schuman
Michael Latimer
Georgi / Willis
Milos Kirek
Costa / Paul
Alan Tilvern
Stefan Batak II / Tarkos
Howard Bell
CID Sergeant
Rowland Davies
Doctor / Secretary
Christopher Reich
Franky / Luis
Paul Humpoletz
D.C.I. Botham / Tub
Robert James
Cusak / David Merlin
John Castle
Peter Crabbe / Tommy, CI5 Agent
Rufus Collins
Mr. Lemon / Tin Can
Chris Dillinger
Raider / Russian Aide
Llewellyn Rees
Dr. Philip Hedley / Sir Arden French
Robert Booth
Bremer / Stevens
Shelagh Fraser
Elsa Coran / Mrs. Wilson
Gerald Sim
Colonel Masterson / Minister
Malcolm Hayes
Forensic Man / Jack Thorwold
Robert Gillespie
Sammy / Steve Ballard
Ed Bishop
Braddock / Dr. Ernest Harbinger
Shaun Curry
SAS Sergeant / Sergeant Bellager
Tony Caunter
Detective Sergeant / Maurice Richards
Clifton Jones
Abraham St. Jacques / Stanley
Joseph Charles
Jax, CI5 Agent
Charles Pemberton
Big Man / Styles
Art Malik
Doctor / Doctor in Hospital
Gloria Maley
Nurse
John Judd
Inspector Chives
Tom Georgeson
Pymar / Reed
Fredric Abbott
Big Man
Carol Royle
Anna Batak / Helen Pierce
Kevork Malikyan
Hanish / Mr. X / Sniper
Nayef Rashed
Ambassador / Hassam Alousha
Gabor Vernon
Ambassador / Vashunin
Lydia Lisle
Computer Operator / Julia
Frederick Marks
Knowles
Jasmina Hilton
Leia
Al Matthews
Faroud
Keith Barron
Charles Nesbitt
Donald Douglas
Eric Sutton
Di Trevis
Susan Fenton
Angus MacKay
Gerald Harvey
Peter Penry-Jones
Cummings
Penny Irving
Pam
Donald MacIver
Hoskins
Ian Fairbairn
Ted Miller
Malou Cartwright
Ted Miller's Secretary
Melanie Peck
Barmaid
Anthony Steel
Sir Charles Milvern
Walter Gotell
Sam Baker
Felicity Dean
Sara Seaford
Barry Justice
Simon Culver
Maggie Wright
Paula
Patrick Durkin
Terkoff
Stefan Kalipha
Henry Aloysius Wences
Michael Burrell
Alan Reeves
Kenneth Watson
Det Supt Tilson
Johnny Shannon
Charley Turkel
Phil Davis
Billy Turner
Stephan Chase
Dapper
Richard Hampton
Morgan
Anthony Morton
Henry Turkel
Basil Hoskins
Dr. Brook
Edward Dentith
High Ranking Police Officer
Sammie Winmill
Young Lady
Diane Keen
Hilda
Jonathan Hyde
Tommy
Antony Carrick
Mervin
Mitzi Rogers
Barbara
James Leith
Carter
Hal Jeayes
Poacher
Suzanne Danielle
Girl
Hildegard Neil
Sara
Gabrielle Drake
Julia
Clive Arrindell
Franz Myer
Madlena Nedeva
Inge Helmut
David Bradley
Tony Kristo
Barney James
Hans Russeheim
David Suchet
Krivas
Del Henney
Benny Marsh
Geoffrey Palmer
Simon Sinclair
Leon Lissek
Pole
Jeremy Bulloch
Denver
Georgina Kean
Cynthia Sinclair
Arthur Blake
Butler
Desmond Jones
Bank Manager
Ralph Michael
Estate Car Driver
Dorothy White
Mrs. Lewis
Thomas Baptiste
Huntley
Damien Thomas
Raider
Neil Kennedy
Raider
Jonathan David
Raider
Robert McBain
Mr. Lewis
David Baron
Mr. Sumner
Peter Davidson
Lorry Driver
Jim McManus
Lorry Driver's Mate
Luan Peters
Lady in Sports Car
Gay Close
Bride
Christopher Neil
Bridegroom
Peter Craze
Security Man
Valentine Palmer
News Reporter
Michael Denison
Lord Derrington
Richard Greene
Neil Turvey
Ann Lynn
Ann Berry
Kathleen Byron
Mrs. Turner
Charles Keating
Sammy
Gary Waldhorn
Turner
Helen Cotterill
Sally
Roy Boyd
Frank Hamer
Jeremy Hawk
Sir Frederick Tallen
Andrew Downie
McKay
Graham Padden
Angus
Carolyne Argyle
Julia Turvey
Peter Blake
Tony Miller, CI5 Agent
Mark Colleano
Mark Turvey
Peter Hughes
Bill Haydon
Lalla Ward
Jill Haydon
Bernard Kay
Harry Scott
Graham Weston
Syd Parker
Arthur White
Freddy
Michael Sheard
Merton
Robert Mill
Fitch
Alister Cameron
Car Salesman
Geoffrey Hinsliff
Sergeant
David Collings
Frank Turner
Barry Jackson
Bob
Jack Lynn
Blackie
Peter Armitage
Ray Kerrigan
Tony Osoba
Handsome Man
Ronald Leigh-Hunt
Doctor Binney
Gerald James
Hunter
Barry Stokes
Major Tilden
Andy Bradford
Fraser, CI5 Agent
Sarah Grazebrook
Sarah, CI5 Agent
Fiona Reid
Young Girl
Brigette Fry
Young Girl
Brian Hawksley
Man in Raincoat
Roger Lloyd Pack
Ramos
Martin Benson
Villa
Peter Cellier
Walton
John Horsley
Mitchell
Judy Matheson
Mandy Mitchell
Brian Haines
Agent
Max Mason
Corporal
George Mallaby
Driver
Archie Tew
Security Guard
John Hamill
Security Guard
Gillian Duxbury
Susie - Girl in Gym
Diana Fairfax
Annie Irvine
Patricia Quinn
Isla
Derek Francis
John Howard
Keith Buckley
Ben Hymer
Nick Brimble
Big Billy
Michael Walker
Turner
John Golightly
Police Officer
David Mallinson
Frank
John Sarbutt
Thug
Jonathan Bergman
Thug
Edward Judd
Hulton
Trevor Thomas
Zadie
Sheila Ruskin
Helen
Anthony Booth
Dinny
Lawrie Mark
Tommy
Oscar James
Topaz
George Harris
Arty
James Coyle
Merv
Madeleine Newbury
Miss Pearce
Jules Walters
Mr. Miller
Trevor Ward
Ben
Stephen Lawrence
Lenny
Allister Bain
Mr. Culver
Willie Payne
Carter
Cheryl Kennedy
Kathie Mason
Bryan Marshall
Preston
John Stratton
Brownie
Frank Barrie
Martell
Martin Wyldeck
Jack
Jeillo Edwards
West Indian Woman
Maria St. Clare
Singer
Vicki Michelle
Jo
Michael Billington
John Coogan
Lisa Harrow
Geraldine Mather
Cyril Luckham
Judge Hall
Ken Campbell
Parker
Peter Marinker
Frank Williams
Jenny Lee Wright
Lorna
Michael Mundell
Reporter
James Hayes
McKay
Jonty Miller
Carter
Robert Lankesheer
Vicar
Dawn Rodrigues
Jill
Tony Vogel
Frank - Kidnapper
David Howey
John - Kidnapper
Arnold Diamond
Asher Biebermann
Julian Holloway
Harvey
John Nettleton
Minister
George Pravda
Hirschfield
John York
Local Police Chief
Robert Hamilton
Mac - Kidnapper
Brenda Cavendish
Divorcee
Pearl Ann Turner
Blonde WPC
Susan Derrick
WPC
Jean Gilpin
Debra
John Patrick
Soldier
Jack Elliott
Marksman
Sara Walkden
Pretty Girl
Carla de Wansey
Pretty Girl
Terence McGinity
Boffin
John Carson
Brian Forrest
Rachel Herbert
Madge Forrest
Rod Culbertson
Arthur Pendle
John Bay
Haskell
Deirdre Costello
Sally Pendle
Robert Rietti
Gino
Robert Dorning
Padgett
Hilary Ryan
Carol Forrest
James Bree
Grant
Alan Leith
MacNeil
Anthony Bailey
Phipps
Peter Pacey
Attendant
Neville Barber
Inspector
Maya Woolfe
Claire
John Morgan
Heavy
Ann Michelle
Girl
Paul Hardwick
Chief Constable Green
Stephen Rea
Pellin
Colin McCormack
Edwards
Tony Calvin
Terry
Pamela Manson
Sally
Saba Milton
Clerk
Fraser Cains
Cop
Glyn Owen
Barry Martin
Tony Steedman
Paul Culbertson
Neil Hallett
David Hunter
Larrington Walker
Geronimo
Teddy Green
Doctor in Mortuary
Andy Ho
Chinaman
Martyn Whitby
Policeman
Maurice Denham
Sir James Temple
Bill Fraser
Col. Summerville
Robert Swann
Logan-Blake
Harold Innocent
Repton
Peter Woodthorpe
Councillor Webb
Tony Church
Minister
Lyndon Brook
Gillam
Derek Martin
Renshaw
Anthony Heaton
Singleton
David Hargreaves
Halloran
Linda Goddard
Jenny Burton
Andrew McCulloch
Bradford
Brian Hall
Sam Burton
Duncan Preston
Karl Drake
Robert Urquhart
Thomas Darby
André Morell
Brigadier Stadden
Alan MacNaughtan
Sorenson
George Murcell
Yashinkov
Billy Boyle
O'Leary
Robin Parkinson
Taxi Driver
Myles Hoyle
Lewis
Michael Petrovitch
Callinari
Norman Rutherford
Cleric
Terence Mountain
Russian Aide
Tommy Boyle
Charlie
Sandra Payne
Phillipa
Tony Jay
Foreign Observer
Steve Plytas
Foreign Observer
Kevin Brennan
Minister
Ahmed El Shenawi
Bodyguard
Tariq Yunus
Georgio
Yashaw Adem
Official
Neville Rofalia
Official
Ian Liston
Security
Frederick Jaeger
Schuman
Sandor Elès
Kreiber
Eamonn Jones
Barman
Christine Shaw
Barmaid
Michael Redfern
Vic
Astrid Frank
Anna
Myrtle Devenish
Old Woman
Lewis Wilson
PC
Patrick Malahide
Security Man
Phillip Joseph
Security Man
George Irving
Security Man
John Larsen
Security Man
Viviene Stokes
WPC
James Laurenson
Meredith
Michael Gothard
Kodai
Morris Perry
Radouk
Peter Cartwright
Sir Peter Pelham
William Morgan Sheppard
Malenski
Paul Dawkins
Tramp
Alec Linstead
Doctor
Jacob Witkin
Captain
Godfrey Jackman
Customs Official
Liz Fraser
Margery Harper
Michael Elphick
Sergeant Garbett
John Bennett
Inspector Truitt
Brian Gwaspari
Pulman
Brian McDermott
Miller
Stacy Davies
Sammy Blaydon
Luke Hanson
Alf
Rudi Patterson
Herbie
Antony Scott
Kabil Kammahmi
Michael Halphie
Gunman
Charlie Price
Gunman
David de Keyser
Otto Hahn
Glynn Edwards
Alfred Cole
Ina Skriver
Jutta
John Savident
Robert Plumb
Dennis Burgess
Dr. Forbes
James Lister
Karl
Kenneth Owens
Groves
Will Stampe
Ted
Michael Ryan
Wilf
Tony Scannell
Man
Frank Ellis
Man
Simon Rouse
Phillips
Norman Gregory
Lake
Christopher Fairbank
Billy
Ian Gelder
King
Paul Antony-Barber
Matheson
Ben Thomas
Williams
James Smith
Pennington
Leo Dolan
Murray
Peter Jolley
Parks
Bill Treacher
Dave
Martha Nairn
Lisa Wakeman
Terry Yorke
Philip Catrell
David Gretton
Doctor
Nalini Moonasar
Doctor
Derek Godfrey
Stefan Batak I
Michael Hadley
Michael
Jeffrey Chiswick
Bulgarian Officer
Walter McMonagle
Reporter
Jane Sumner
Bride
Ian McDiarmid
Mickey Hamilton
Marjorie Yates
Kay Costa
Barry Stanton
Frank
David Henry
Captain Tepper
David Calder
Insp. Shannon
John Saunders
Mr. Pagett-Munro
Maurice Thorogood
Doctor
Olu Jacobs
Sylvester
Kevin O'Shea
Dr. Dyson
Anni Domingo
Sister Noel
Myrtle Moss
Nun
Benjamin Feitelson
Doctor
Shelagh McLeod
Toni
Lynne Ross
Pat
Susie Jenkinson
Nurse
Andrew Hawkins
Dr. Norris
Sylvia Kay
Frances Cottingham
Lise Hilboldt
Shelley
Phillada Sewell
Mrs. Cottingham
Yvonne D'Alpra
Mrs. Waller
Nicholas Amer
Khadi
Leticia Garrido
Pilar Hernandez
Frederick Warder
Smith
Michael Kitchen
Duffy
Barbara Kellerman
Sylvie
Ed Devereaux
Albie
James Cosmo
Glover
Sean Caffrey
Ted
Billy Murray
Morgan
Valerie Holliman
Alice
Keith Marsh
Old Man
Forbes Collins
Harry
Denis Bond
Davis
Robyn Gurney
Girl in Betting Shop
Debbie Linden
Bodie's Girl
Samantha Bransden
Young Housewife
Jeh Welcome
Ted's Girl
Barbara Allen
Albie's Girl
Michael Craig
Guthrie
Ronald Hines
Copeland
Lynda La Plante
Viv Copeland
Ian Redford
Lucas
Alun Lewis
McCabe
Oona Kirsch
Sandy Copeland
Kate Dorning
Nancy
John Michael McCarthy
Insp. Grainger
Nigel Humphreys
Joe
Stewart Harwood
Sam
Gennie Nevinson
Eva
Sean Chapman
Coleman
Alan Igbon
Angadi
Christopher Saul
Male Hostage
Jennifer Granville
Female Hostage
John Joyce
Langton
Hilary Crane
Miss Kendall
Sue Nicholls
Mrs. Derinda Forbes
Patricia Marks
Landlady
Larry Lamb
Jack Craine
Sarah Douglas
Dr. Kate Ross
Jenny Twigge
Sally
Trevor Byfield
King Billy
Marsha Fitzalan
Jennifer Black
Frances Low
Cheryl
Robert Lee
Shusai
Jack McKenzie
Rose
Robert Ashby
Mediator
Richard Huw
Bike Kid
Brian Attree
Terrorist
Kenneth Hadley
Desk Sergeant
Tommy Wright
Race Official
Michael Byrne
Werner Dreisinger
Vickery Turner
Karen
Brigitte Kahn
Christina Herzog
Andrew Seear
Heinrich
Conrad Asquith
Klaus
Paul Antrim
Slater
Eleanor David
Julie
Tony Sibbald
Silverstein
Gyearbuor Asante
Quentin
Jillian Mack
Receptionist
Maureen Darbyshire
CI5 Girl
Ronald Alexander
CI5 Sniper
Malcolm Hughes
CI5 Sniper
Pat Connell
CI5 Sniper
Chris Hallam
Man at Door
Tania Rogers
Girl
Patricia Hodge
Ann Holly
William Russell
Charles Holly
Ray Ashcroft
Turner
Christopher Guard
Tony
Val Pringle
Buzz
Peter Holt
Marli
Peter Godfrey
Vicar
Kirstie Pooley
Secretary
Peter Burton
Conroy
Philip Anthony
Butler
Patrick O'Connell
Manton
Norman Jones
Andy Drake
Karin MacCarthy
Sara Ryan
Niall Buggy
Gorky
Simon Oates
Tully
Richard LeParmentier
Ivan
David King
Ambassador
Bernard Gallagher
Minister
Chua Kah Joo
Choy
Yuri Borienko
Maroff
Anthony Chinn
Sikor
Kristopher Kum
Minder
Nigel Miles-Thomas
Cop
Mike Kemp
Cop
Chai Lee
Esther
John Forgeham
D.S. Colin
James Marcus
D.C. Jack
Gary Shail
Jimmy
Phil Brown
Callahan
Sharon Duce
Annie

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