The Comic Strip Presents...: Season 2, Episode 8

The Bullshitters: Roll out the Gunbarrel (3 Nov. 1984)

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Janie,daughter of Commander Jackson,the head of D15,has been kidnapped and there are only two men who can save her - former agents Bonehead and Foyle,now working as actors at Tv's Tough ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Richardson ...
Commander Jackson
Al Pillay ...
Herself (as Alana Pellay)
Jimmy Fagg ...
Fiona Hendley ...
Al Matthews ...
George Khan ...
John Sarbutt ...
David Farrington ...
Anthony Sharp ...
Father (as Anthony Sharpe)
Patience Tomlinson ...
Esther Freud ...
Girl Backstage


Janie,daughter of Commander Jackson,the head of D15,has been kidnapped and there are only two men who can save her - former agents Bonehead and Foyle,now working as actors at Tv's Tough Guys school. Hunky,hairy and always scantily clad,they are blackmailed into returning to work and,since they have no car and are sometimes turned off buses,they run everywhere. Finally,during the climactic shoot-out they do what they had intended to do long ago and declare their love for each other. Written by don @ minifie-1

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This is The Comic Strip's lampoon of 80's hit TV show "The Professionals" and it's as funny as it's accurate. Keith Allen and Peter Richardson have a riotous time sending up Bodie and Doyle, "let's going" around London bare-chested and trouser-less one last time under the iron-will of their tough-as-old-boots, wily Scot, ex-boss Commander Jackson (tributing Gordon, of course) cannily played by Robbie Coltrane.

Their mission is unimportant and indeed is the only weak part of the script, so far better just to join in the fun and laugh along at the unerringly accurate impersonations carried out by the three leads. For instance, when we first meet "Bone-head", he's hilariously training a bunch of track-suited wannabe tough-guy actors for TV work, especially when he teaches them "car-acting". Soon afterwards we encounter the be-permed serious, narcissistic thespian Foyle in a mock-up modern-day "Look Back In Anger"-type play, before Jackson hoists them out of there and teams them up again to rescue his kidnapped daughter.

The funniest scenes by far are those taking a rise out of the original show's stereotyped characters and clichéd situations so that now the pair's bromance is souped up to homo-erotic level before the blood bath body-count at the end and the inevitable closing helicopter panning shot.

It's very funny pretty much all the way through, idiomatically directed by Stephen Frears in an early task and as said earlier played to the hilt by Allen, Richardson and Coltrane. I loved "The Professionals" in my youth, probably before I fully gained my critical faculties, which probably helped me "get" this fun send-up as much as I did.

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