The Professionals: Season 2, Episode 2

The Rack (14 Oct. 1978)

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After informant 'Nosey' Parker has tipped them off about the drug-dealing habits of boxer-turned-gangster John Coogan CI5 interrogate Coogan's younger brother,Paul,who dies,seemingly after ... See full summary »

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John Coogan
Lisa Harrow ...
Geraldine Mather
Allan Surtees ...
Minister
Cyril Luckham ...
Judge Hall
Robert James ...
David Merlin
Trevor Adams ...
Benny, CI5 Agent
Ken Campbell ...
Parker
Peter Marinker ...
Frank Williams
Jenny Lee Wright ...
Lorna
Christopher Ellison ...
Paul Coogan
Michael Mundell ...
Reporter
James Hayes ...
McKay
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After informant 'Nosey' Parker has tipped them off about the drug-dealing habits of boxer-turned-gangster John Coogan CI5 interrogate Coogan's younger brother,Paul,who dies,seemingly after Doyle has hit him. Coogan gets his powerful lawyer to instigate a committee to determine whether or not CI5 should be disbanded but Cowley's own investigations throw light on the true cause of Paul's death as well as exposing Coogan's violent activities and confirming the need for the department's continued existence. Written by don @ minifie-1

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[a Court of Inquiry into the death of a suspect in CI5's custody has become a witch-hunt into the future of CI5 itself]
George Cowley: A man died and you want to close down the whole hospital!
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Gordon Jackson should have been nominated for a BAFTA!
15 May 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Highly unlikely, as The Professionals was a hard-hitting and violent crime action series where the heroes could be just as ruthless as the villains, thus making it the target of angry critics.

This episode was a response to all their reactions with Brian Clemens writing a harrowing story about CI5 being put on trial after a man is killed in their custody. He was Paul Coogan (Burnside himself, Chris Ellison), the brother of much-feared London gangster Big John (an excellent Michael Billington), a sociopath of the highest order.

The Rack isn't only about Cowley's efforts to save his organization, but it's also about the predicament of Ray Doyle whose punch had killed Paul. He and Bodie try to find out if the younger Coogan brother had been in any fights before he got arrested by them.

Everybody gives superb performances in this one. Martin Shaw makes you empathize with Doyle as he comes to terms with his actions, Lewis Collins gives a highly supportive turn as the ever-loyal Bodie who also injects shades of humour into the proceedings and last, but not least, there is Lisa Harrow as the persistent and belligerent prosecutor Geraldine Mather. In some respect, she steals the show as she grills the main men in the case.

Not much action to speak of in this one, apart from the pre-credits teaser when the CI5 gang bust the Coogans.


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