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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
Release Date:
30 December 1977 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
This series chronicled the lives of Bodie and Doyle, top agents for Britain's CI5 (Criminal Intelligence 5)... See more »
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 3 of 85)

Gordon Jackson ... George Cowley (57 episodes, 1977-1983)

Martin Shaw ... Doyle (57 episodes, 1977-1983)

Lewis Collins ... Bodie (57 episodes, 1977-1983)
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Series Directed by
William Brayne (11 episodes, 1978-1983)
Martin Campbell (5 episodes, 1978-1980)
Dennis C. Lewiston (4 episodes, 1979-1980)
Anthony Simmons (3 episodes, 1978-1982)
David Wickes (3 episodes, 1978)
Dennis Abey (3 episodes, 1979-1982)
Ian Sharp (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
Douglas Camfield (2 episodes, 1977-1980)
Ray Austin (2 episodes, 1978)
Christopher King (2 episodes, 1979-1983)
Chris Burt (2 episodes, 1980-1983)
Phil Meheux (2 episodes, 1980-1983)
 
Series Writing credits
Brian Clemens (57 episodes, 1977-1983)
Ranald Graham (5 episodes, 1978-1982)
Gerry O'Hara (5 episodes, 1978-1982)
Anthony Read (4 episodes, 1977-1980)
Roger Marshall (4 episodes, 1980-1983)
Christopher Wicking (3 episodes, 1979-1982)
Edmund Ward (2 episodes, 1978-1980)
Don Houghton (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Dennis Spooner (2 episodes, 1978)
Stephen Lister (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Tony Barwick (2 episodes, 1982-1983)

Series Produced by
Brian Clemens .... executive producer (57 episodes, 1977-1983)
Albert Fennell .... executive producer (57 episodes, 1977-1983)
Raymond Menmuir .... producer (44 episodes, 1978-1983)
Chris Burt .... associate producer (31 episodes, 1978-1983)
Ron Fry .... associate producer (13 episodes, 1977-1978)
Sidney Hayers .... producer (13 episodes, 1977-1978)
Roy Stevens .... associate producer (5 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Original Music by
Laurie Johnson (57 episodes, 1977-1983)
 
Series Cinematography by
Dusty Miller (17 episodes, 1979-1983)
Ernest Steward (11 episodes, 1977-1978)
Norman Langley (9 episodes, 1979-1982)
Vernon Layton (5 episodes, 1978)
Phil Meheux (4 episodes, 1978)
Frank Watts (3 episodes, 1982-1983)
Graham Edgar (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Michael J. Davis (2 episodes, 1980-1983)
Barry Noakes (2 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Film Editing by
Alan Killick (21 episodes, 1978-1983)
Robert C. Dearberg (5 episodes, 1977-1983)
Mike Campbell (5 episodes, 1977-1978)
Barry Peters (5 episodes, 1978)
Brian Freemantle (2 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Casting by
Maggie Cartier (28 episodes, 1977-1979)
Esta Charkham (2 episodes, 1980-1983)
 
Series Production Design by
Malcolm Middleton (11 episodes, 1978-1979)
Tony Curtis (5 episodes, 1977-1978)
 
Series Art Direction by
Peter Joyce (10 episodes, 1978)
Ken Court (7 episodes, 1977-1978)
William Alexander (7 episodes, 1979)

Kenneth Ryan (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Alan Brownie .... makeup artist (20 episodes, 1977-1978)
Barbara Ritchie .... hair stylist (12 episodes, 1978)
Anne McFadyen .... hair stylist / hairdresser (7 episodes, 1977-1978)
Paula Gillespie .... hair stylist (7 episodes, 1979)
Eddie Knight .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 1979)
Bernard Browne .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Jan Dorman .... hair stylist / hairdresser (2 episodes, 1978-1982)
Mibs Parker .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Production Management
Nick Gillott .... production manager (12 episodes, 1977-1978)
Donald Toms .... production manager (10 episodes, 1978)
Ron Purdie .... production manager (8 episodes, 1979-1982)
John S. Smith .... post-production supervisor (5 episodes, 1980-1983)
Paul B. Clay .... post-production supervisor (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bob Wilkins .... third assistant director (23 episodes, 1977-1978)
Bill Westley .... assistant director / first assistant director (5 episodes, 1977-1982)
David Bracknell .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Gordon Gilbert .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1977-1979)
Al Burgess .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1978)
Peter Carter .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1978)
Ron Purdie .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1978)
Dominic Fulford .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1979)
Ray Corbett .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1978)
Derek Whitehurst .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1978)

Chris Brock .... third assistant director (unknown episodes)
Melvin Lind .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Gino Marotta .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
John Chisholm .... props (34 episodes, 1977-1980)
Michael Seirton .... assistant art director (7 episodes, 1977-1978)
Fred Walker .... construction manager (7 episodes, 1977-1978)
Robin Tarsnane .... set dresser (5 episodes, 1979)
Michael Pittel .... assistant art director (4 episodes, 1978)
Kenneth Ryan .... set dresser (2 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Sound Department
Peter Lennard .... dubbing editor / sound editor (51 episodes, 1977-1983)
Hugh Strain .... dubbing mixer (38 episodes, 1978-1983)
David Crozier .... sound recordist (34 episodes, 1978-1983)
Paul B. Clay .... post-production sound supervisor (11 episodes, 1977-1978)
Graham Harris .... dubbing editor / sound editor (10 episodes, 1977-1978)
Chris Munro .... sound recordist (10 episodes, 1979-1980)
Ken Scrivener .... sound recordist (9 episodes, 1977-1978)
Mike Silverlock .... boom operator (6 episodes, 1979)
Michael Sale .... sound recordist (5 episodes, 1978)
Derek Ball .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 1978)
Paul Carr .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 1978)
Trevor Pyke .... dubbing mixer (4 episodes, 1980-1983)
Jeanne Henderson .... dubbing editor (3 episodes, 1978)
Mike Hopkins .... dubbing editor (3 episodes, 1978)
Gordon Everett .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Paul Le Mare .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Ted Spooner .... dubbing mixer (2 episodes, 1978)
Gary Weir .... boom operator (2 episodes, 1979-1982)

Doug Smith .... sound mixer: second unit (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Alan Bryce .... effects supervisor (4 episodes, 1977-1978)
Arthur Beavis .... special effects (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
 
Series Stunts
Peter Brayham .... stunt arranger (31 episodes, 1978-1983)
Joe Dunne .... fight arranger (5 episodes, 1977-1978)
Frank Henson .... stunt arranger (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Terry Yorke .... stunt arranger (3 episodes, 1980)
Del Baker .... stunt arranger / stunt performer (2 episodes, 1978-1980)
Paul Weston .... stunt arranger (2 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
John Maskall .... camera operator (33 episodes, 1978-1983)
Malcolm Vinson .... camera operator (7 episodes, 1977-1983)
Robin McDonald .... focus puller (7 episodes, 1979)
Brian Elvin .... camera operator (6 episodes, 1977-1978)
Cecil Cooney .... camera operator (5 episodes, 1978)
Tony White .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1978)
Mike Proudfoot .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1979-1980)

Steve Birtles .... gaffer (unknown episodes)
Martin Denning .... video playback operator (unknown episodes)
Nigel Seal .... second assistant camera (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Maggie Cartier .... casting (1 episode, 1978)
Esta Charkham .... casting (1 episode, 1982)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Don Mothersill .... wardrobe supervisor (15 episodes, 1978-1982)
James Smith .... wardrobe master (7 episodes, 1977-1978)
Jackie Cummins .... wardrobe supervisor / costume supervisor (5 episodes, 1977-1978)
Masada Wilmot .... wardrobe supervisor (3 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Editorial Department
John S. Smith .... supervising editor (36 episodes, 1978-1983)

Noel Rogers .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Michael R. Sloan .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Location Management
Cecil F. Ford .... location manager (10 episodes, 1978)
Stuart Freeman .... location manager (10 episodes, 1978)
Peter Cotton .... location manager (8 episodes, 1977-1978)
Peter Carter .... location manager (5 episodes, 1979)
Peter Crowhurst .... location manager (3 episodes, 1978)
Bernard Hanson .... location manager (2 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Music Department
Alan Willis .... music editor (30 episodes, 1977-1982)
Christopher Palmer .... music supervisor (10 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Other crew
Ken Shane .... production runner (25 episodes, 1980-1983)
David Ball .... production accountant (13 episodes, 1977-1978)
Gerry O'Hara .... script editor (13 episodes, 1978-1982)
Cheryl Leigh .... continuity (12 episodes, 1977-1978)
Gladys Pearce .... continuity (8 episodes, 1978-1979)
Terry Connors .... production accountant (8 episodes, 1979-1982)
Dennis Spooner .... script editor (7 episodes, 1977-1978)
Kenneth Ware .... script editor (5 episodes, 1978)
Christopher Menaul .... script editor (5 episodes, 1979)
Pamela Mann .... continuity (4 episodes, 1978)
Kay Mander .... continuity (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Marjorie Lavelly .... continuity (2 episodes, 1978)
Brenda Loader .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1980)

Peter Brayham .... fight arranger (unknown episodes)
 

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Runtime:
50 min (57 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Iceland:12 (some epiosodes) | Iceland:16 (some epiosodes)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Episode "The Professionals: Klansmen (#1.13)" (1977), in which black people are harassed by a group that has modelled itself on the Ku Klux Klan, was banned and never shown in the UK because of its racial content.See more »
Quotes:
[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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FAQ

Were any of the stories based on real life?
Why were the original actors playing Bodie and Doyle replaced?
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25 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Laddish machismo and dodgy hair-dos, 7 November 1999
Author: Steve Riley from UK & Germany

"The Professionals" has been slated from all sides over the years. It's fallen foul of, among others, the self-appointed moralist zealots of television watchdog groups because of its often hard-hitting violence, and the feminist lobby for its portrayal of most of its female characters as bimbos and ciphers. Even Martin Shaw, one of its three main stars, was so embarrassed by the show that for years his veto prevented it from being repeated in the UK (or perhaps it was simply because he was ashamed of the perm which he sported throughout the show's six-year run and which led to co-star Lewis Collins giving him the nickname "the Bionic Gollywog"). Whatever the reason, "The Professionals" won few critical admirers at the time and now - in the age of political correctness - is perhaps even more widely pooh-poohed. So why did it run for 6 years and become one of British TV's biggest ever, and most popular, exports? And why does it still enjoy cult status? The answer, paradoxically, lies in the reasons why it was so widely reviled in the first place. It's violent, politically incorrect and - to put it kindly - doesn't demand that its audiences have the intellect of rocket scientists to follow its plots. It was escapist entertainment aimed at boys of all ages from 10 to 50. Pictures of Bodie & Doyle adorned the bedroom walls of teenage girls up and down the land as they got in on the act too. And the show practically became an hour-long advertisement for the Ford motor company. In the UK during the late 70s and early 80s, it was positively hazardous to venture forth on a Friday night during a "Professionals" run, for fear of being knocked over and hospitalised by some young Johnny screeching round the corner in his Ford Capri, pretending to be Bodie & Doyle. Sure, "The Professionals" (like most shows of the genre) had its moronic moments, but who can forget classics like the episode in which two anti-social misfits holed up on a high rooftop and started taking pot-shots at a nearby hospital? Or the one with Bodie trapped in a country house, under siege by a bunch of German terrorists and with all contact to the outside world lost? Everything the critics accuse "The Professionals" of may well be true. But who cares? It's still a cult classic. They don't make 'em like that any more.

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