The Professionals (1977–1983)
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Lawson's Last Stand 

Mentally unstable Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lawson escapes from an army psychiatric hospital. He is in possession of vital NATO secrets regarding the world's most toxic gas and it is vital ... See full summary »

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Doyle
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Bodie
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Tug Willis
Michael Angelis ...
Len Clarke
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Brigadier Tennant
Helen Cherry ...
Lavinia Lawson
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Dr. Lowe
Eve Bland ...
Doreen
Allan Mitchell ...
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Army Major
Doyne Byrd ...
Lt. Col. Tony Manning
Roger Nott ...
Police Chief
Tim Swinton ...
Army Guard
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Mentally unstable Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lawson escapes from an army psychiatric hospital. He is in possession of vital NATO secrets regarding the world's most toxic gas and it is vital he be located. Has he been abducted by Russian agents or is he merely on a deranged campaign of his own to restore 'Britishness' to his country? Bodie and Doyle are sent to find him - with explosive results. Written by don @ minifie-1

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28 November 1982 (UK)  »

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The mortar Tug is firing when they attack the chemical establishment is effectively hand held so can't be aimed accurately. It's no wonder that Len is killed by one of the rounds. See more »

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[Lawson is having a drink with Tug and Len in the pub]
Lt. Col. Peter Lawson: Shall I show you what's wrong with this country?
[Lawson stands to attention and sings the first two verses of "God Save the Queen" very loudly; all the other pub customers give him puzzled looks]
Lt. Col. Peter Lawson: [shouts] There you are! You see what's wrong? They don't stand! It's their own National Anthem, and not one of them stood! What we're going to fight for is this country's soul.
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Not one of the best
3 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

Normally a fan of The Professionals, I found this episode pretty much a waste of the time I spent watching it. The plot, involving the disturbed Lt-Col Lawson, played by Michael Culver, who goes AWOL from a military hospital after a breakdown on exercises, is more far-fetched than ever, and the characters flat, uninteresting and hard to believe.

Michael Angelis and John Hallam play two ex-soldiers who are recruited by Lawson, apparently accepting his tale of a secret high-profile mission at face value without question. CI5 play an almost peripheral role, always one step behind, despite locating Lawson and his recruits before his plans even get under way and somehow failing to apprehend him. True, Bodie and Doyle play their part in the rather tame climax, in typical derring-do fashion, but there's little other excitement to be had.

Not a keeper, this one.


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