The Professionals (1977–1983)
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Old Dog with New Tricks 

Charley Turkel plans to spring his brother Henry from prison by holding the Home Secretary as a hostage - as CI5 discover when they arrest a small-time hood who has robbed Tutkel's armoury.... See full summary »





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Episode complete credited cast:
George Cowley
Johnny Shannon ...
Charley Turkel
Billy Turner (as Philip Davis)
Richard Hampton ...
Nurse Emma Bolding
Anthony Morton ...
Henry Turkel
John Judd ...
Police Inspector
Basil Hoskins ...
Dr. Brook
High Ranking Police Officer
Howard Bell ...
Bridget Brice ...
Betty, Cowley's secretary
Young Lady


Charley Turkel plans to spring his brother Henry from prison by holding the Home Secretary as a hostage - as CI5 discover when they arrest a small-time hood who has robbed Tutkel's armoury. He is to be snatched by bogus officers when he visits a police station for an award ceremony but Cowley, despite having a bullet in his leg, takes the place of the intended victim with Bodie as his bodyguard and thwarts the plan. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Action | Comedy | Crime




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13 January 1978 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Given that the episode opens with a scene in which Cowley describes the purpose of CI5 to a group of new recruits (and hence to the viewer), it is clear that this episode was intended to be shown as the first one. However for some reason ITV scheduled it as the third one at the initial showing and this order has persisted for all future showings. See more »


In the scene where Doyle is outside the police station with a gun under the chin of Charlie, there's one clip where they've just used a still frame. It's obvious as there's movement in the shot so it's blurry. See more »


Billy Turner: I want a lawyer.
William Andrew Philip Bodie: Why - you want to make a will?
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Kidnapping for Exchange
11 June 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

THE PROFESSIONALS – "Old Dog With New Tricks" – 1978

Episode three of the of the 1977 to 1983, UK, action-crime series, THE PROFESSIONALS. Gordon Jackson is in charge of CI-5, a group of men drawn from the SAS, Police and other law enforcement agencies. Their mandate is to stop acts of terrorism and threats against the UK.

The IRA hits an army armoury and makes off with several dozen rifles, handguns and a couple boxes of hand grenades. While unloading their haul, the IRA, are interrupted by another group of armed men. They relieve the IRA of the weapons and kill all six of them.

When news of the theft gets to CI-5, they jump into action. The bodies of the IRA types are soon found. Agents Martin Shaw and Lewis Collins are assigned to the case. They wonder who would have been dangerous enough to bump off the IRA lads.

The gang involved is, the heavy mob of crime boss, Johnny Shannon. Shannon has a brother doing some long time in one of H.M. prisons. Shannon intends to kidnap the UK Home Secretary and exchange him for his brother and free passage out of the country.

One of Shannon's mob though, stupidly, helps himself to a pistol and a grenade for a bit of personal revenge. The man, Philip Davis, is not all quite there in the head. He takes the weapons to a mental clinic where he takes a nurse, Pamela Stephenson, hostage. He wants to see the doctor, Basil Hoskins, who had treated him there.

CI-5 is summoned by the Police, when the grenade is spotted. Shaw puts a round into Davis' shoulder while Collins grabs the grenade from him. Davis is hauled off for a spot of questioning. The not to bright Davis soon fills CI-5 in on his boss, Shannon's kidnap plot.

CI-5 boss, Gordon Jackson has the Home Secretary change all his travel arrangements for the day. Jackson himself, with Collins along will make the rounds instead. Sure enough, the two CI-5 men are grabbed up by Shannon's bunch at one of the planned stops.

Shannon, thinking he has the real Home Secretary, makes a long list of demands for his brother, himself and his men. Jackson of course informs him of his error. Shannon is not at all happy with this news and decides he will kill Jackson and Collins. That is till Shaw shows up with a shotgun pressed to Shannon's brother's head. The brother, Anthony Morton, wishes to keep his head where it is and begs Shannon to surrender.

Shannon and his men file out of the building and drop their arms. All are quickly cuffed and taken away. This calls for a stiff drink and a cigarette.

A quick paced, and rather violent episode of a great UK series.

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