Bodie and Doyle are assigned a routine bodyguard operation for a 'Mr. X', Middle Eastern diplomat Hanish, but no sooner have they picked him up than they are pursued by gunmen who seem to ... See full summary »

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Jasmina Hilton ...
Leia
Tommy Boyle ...
Charlie
Sandra Payne ...
Phillipa
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Foreign Observer 1
Kevin Brennan ...
Minister
Ahmed El Shenawi ...
Bodyguard
Steve Plytas ...
Foreign Observer 2
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Hanish, Mr. X
Rowland Davies ...
Male Secretary
Tariq Yunus ...
Georgio
Yashaw Adem ...
1st Official (as Yashar Adem)
Neville Rofalia ...
2nd Official
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Bodie and Doyle are assigned a routine bodyguard operation for a 'Mr. X', Middle Eastern diplomat Hanish, but no sooner have they picked him up than they are pursued by gunmen who seem to know every move on his itinerary, rendering two safe houses anything but safe and forcing a final showdown on a houseboat. Written by don @ minifie-1

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2 December 1978 (UK)  »

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Fires on all cylinders and really motors
19 November 2010 | by (London) – See all my reviews

The Professionals could be fairly pot-boiler stuff: the routine story of Viva Zappata moustachioed baddies chasing our two heroes in then current Ford cars which, presumably for reasons of cost, never suffer visible damage either in the chase or inevitable hail-of-bullets shoot-out. Bodie gets the girl, Doyle doesn't. Cowley can relax and pour himself a whiskey.

This episode however moves up several gears - chases are impressive: good action shooting and satisfying destruction. But also the plot - the tension, double-dealing, the moral dilemmas. Cleverly the episode subtly signals that it will be no ordinary one - regular viewers will note that Cowley shakes hands with B&D before despatching them on their mission. He's never done that before. They don't know what to make of that gesture. Is it a farewell or a profound apology - or both? Either way it's ominous.

The only thing wrong with it? That it wasn't shot in 35mm, given a few tweaks, somewhat bigger budget and made as a feature film.


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