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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
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In the unofficial pilot, The Professionals: Old Dog with New Tricks (1978) Bodie used a Smith & 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 semi-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 used prototype versions of the British Army's SA80 assault rifle, which hadn't even been trialled by the S.A.S. at the time. See more »
[scene-setting voiceover from Season 1 opening titles]
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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I remember watching this British TV show when I was stationed in England in the 70's. I remember it was (in a way) similar to Starsky and Hutch but much more hard core. Two guys ( counter- terrorist agents type) would fight crime. Very fast moving and explosive. (I learned quick that British TV was much more liberal than regular TV shows in the states-I missed it alot).
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