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My friend William Brayne, who has died aged 78 after suffering from cancer, made his name as a documentary film cameraman and as a director of action-packed television drama. Bill's reputation of being able to "bring them in on time" and his eye for action caught the attention of Raymond Menmuir, producer of The Professionals, in 1978. In collaboration with the stunt arranger Peter Brayham, Bill staged numerous car chases, explosions and fistfights involving the characters of Bodie and Doyle.
Throughout the 1980s, Bill directed popular programmes such as Dempsey and Makepeace, C.A.T.S. Eyes, with Jill Gascoine as one of the team of female detectives, and Lovejoy. He also helped bring out the quirky humour of Bulman, the eccentric detective of the title played by Don Henderson, written by Murray Smith.
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To mark the release of The Professionals Mk1 on 31st March, we’ve been given 1 copy to give away on Blu-ray.
Bodie and Doyle need little by way of introduction, but if the series had at all escaped you since its debut in 1977, their boss George Cowley, head of CI5 couldn’t put it more succinctly than his opening gambit: “…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”. Featuring the perfect ensemble cast of Martin Shaw, Gordon Jackson (completely against type here) and the much-missed Lewis Collins, the series ran for 57 action-packed episodes and made an immediate impact on British and then international audiences, which has been sustained for 35 years. Painstakingly restored from the camera-original negatives, the series could have been made yesterday. No matter how many times you have seen The Professionals, »
Being remembered for one beloved character is one thing, but Roger Lloyd-Pack, who has died at the age of 69, had a handful.Lloyd-Pack, who will forever be best known on these shores as Colin “Trigger” Ball in Only Fools And Horses, had a long and varied career on TV, the big screen and stage. Born and raised in Islington – his father Charles acted in Hammer Horror films – he was encouraged to hone his love of performing at Bedales boarding school, moving on to Rada where he trained alongside another future sitcom favourite, Richard Wilson.His first stage acting work came with The Shoemaker’s Holiday in Northampton, and he scored early TV work on the likes of The Avengers and Jason King. Through his career, he appeared on an incredible range of shows, spanning a variety of genres, including The Professionals, Survivors, Moving, Inspector Morse, Byker Grove, Boon, Lovejoy, Doctor Who, »
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