This series chronicled the lives of Bodie and Doyle, top agents for Britain's CI5 (Criminal Intelligence 5), and their controller, George Cowley. The mandate of CI5 was to fight terrorism ... See full summary »

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 George Cowley (57 episodes, 1977-1983)
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 Doyle (57 episodes, 1977-1983)
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 Bodie (57 episodes, 1977-1983)
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This series chronicled the lives of Bodie and Doyle, top agents for Britain's CI5 (Criminal Intelligence 5), and their controller, George Cowley. The mandate of CI5 was to fight terrorism and similar high-profile crimes. Cowley, a hard ex-MI5 operative, hand-picked each of his men. Bodie was a cynical ex-SAS paratrooper and mercenary whose nature ran to controlled violence, while his partner, Doyle, came to CI5 from the regular police force, and was more of an open minded liberal. Their relationship was often contentious, but they were the top men in their field, and the ones to whom Cowley always assigned to the toughest cases. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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In the unofficial pilot The Professionals: Old Dog with New Tricks (1978) Bodie uses a Smith and Wesson .38 Special revolver and Doyle a Walther PPK automatic pistol. By the time of The Professionals: Private Madness, Public Danger (1977) they have both swapped to Browning 9mm automatics, the standard British military handgun of the time. By the third season Bodie is using a Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum and Doyle a Walther 9mm. In The Professionals: Mixed Doubles (1980) both agents use Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum revolvers. Cowley uses a Colt .38 revolver throughout the series. All three use a variety of small arms notably Armalite and FN FAL rifles and Uzi, Ingram and Sterling submachine guns. In The Professionals: Wild Justice (1980) Bodie and Doyle use prototype versions of the British Army's SA80 assault rifle which hadn't even been trialled by the SAS at the time. See more »

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[scene-setting voiceover from Season 1 opening titles]
George Cowley: 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.
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In Pursuit
Written by Laurie Johnson
Performed by The Laurie Johnson Orchestra
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High-jinks with CI5
9 July 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'The Professionals' came into being at a time when the media was obsessed with secret services, specialist divisions, gun crime, and terrorism. For five years this expensive LWT series had a prime time slot just after the watershed and entertained us with its mix of violence, cars, guns, and sexist banter.

Lewis Collins (Bodie) and Martin Shaw (Doyle) became household names in their portrayals of the laconic, cynical, and fearless agents who saved the day from grenade-carriers, gunmen, and gangsters. Gordon Jackson as Cowley, their boss, had another plum TV role and was perfect in it. Sexist and silly the series may have been, but it has perhaps stood up better than other crime programmes made in the late 1970s.

Curtailed too soon because of the mood of the time, 'The Professionals' still looks good when viewed today, and enjoys re-runs on one of the many digital TV channels.


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