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Lewis Collins obituary

29 November 2013 3:10 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor who was both heart-throb and hardman as Bodie in The Professionals

In a 1980 episode of the hit British cop show The Professionals, an ill-advised villain tries to threaten the ex-mercenary William Bodie with his snarling doberman pinscher. After a brief altercation, Bodie, all sang-froid and minimally curled lip, inquires: "Would your little dog like to chew this electric fire? Or maybe you'll just leave."

This kind of butch badinage, along with rugged good looks, helped make Lewis Collins, who played Bodie in all 57 of the show's episodes from 1977 and 1983, and who has died aged 67 after suffering from cancer, into a household name. During that time he formed one half of Britain's answer to Starsky and Hutch, a crime-fighting duo called Bodie and Doyle who worked for a shadowy criminal intelligence agency, CI5, headed by Gordon Jackson's strait-laced George Cowley. At its height, The Professionals was watched by 12 million viewers a week, »

- Stuart Jeffries

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Lewis Collins obituary

29 November 2013 3:10 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor who was both heart-throb and hardman as Bodie in The Professionals

In a 1980 episode of the hit British cop show The Professionals, an ill-advised villain tries to threaten the ex-mercenary William Bodie with his snarling doberman pinscher. After a brief altercation, Bodie, all sang-froid and minimally curled lip, inquires: "Would your little dog like to chew this electric fire? Or maybe you'll just leave."

This kind of butch badinage, along with rugged good looks, helped make Lewis Collins, who played Bodie in all 57 of the show's episodes from 1977 and 1983, and who has died aged 67 after suffering from cancer, into a household name. During that time he formed one half of Britain's answer to Starsky and Hutch, a crime-fighting duo called Bodie and Doyle who worked for a shadowy criminal intelligence agency, CI5, headed by Gordon Jackson's strait-laced George Cowley. At its height, The Professionals was watched by 12 million viewers a week, »

- Stuart Jeffries

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The Sandbaggers: box set review

13 June 2013 4:02 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

This 70s spy drama about a cold war dirty tricks department is cynical, tough – and has a compelling star in Roy Marsden's brute in a well-cut suit

In 2003, the New York Times called The Sandbaggers "the best spy series in television history". And I bet you haven't heard of it. Although the ITV show never equalled the ratings of the BBC's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, it more than matched it for trust-no-one cynicism. Running for three seasons from 1978, The Sandbaggers was state school where Tinker was public: downbeat, low budget, and so determinedly anti-glamour it virtually made a fetish of it. "Where's James Bond when you need him?" moans one Sandbagger (the show never explained how the group got their name) when faced with more useless equipment, another crummy hotel, and a lunchtime rendezvous in McDonald's.

Downbeat it may be, but The Sandbaggers is still as tense as a coiled spring. »

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