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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Michael Billington ...
John Coogan
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Geraldine Mather
Allan Surtees ...
Minister
Cyril Luckham ...
Judge Hall
Robert James ...
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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[Doyle has just given evidence at a Court of Inquiry into the death of a man that he is alleged to have killed]
Bodie: How did you get on?
Doyle: Lousy! She made a monkey out of me.
Bodie: Well you *did* give her a head-start.
Doyle: She's a dragon!
Bodie: She's a woman.
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The Practical Vs The Naive
7 August 2010 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

The Rack is a very atypical episode of the fondly remembered show THE PROFESSIONALS . It's a show best remembered for its high octane machismo involving shoot outs and car chases but could also include quieter moments of drama , so much so that one of the stars Martin Shaw started getting delusions of grandeur that he was a seriously hardcore thespian luvvie that he used his a contractual obligation for not allowing repeats to be enforced

The episode is atypical in that the protagonists don't actually shoot anyone which probably made it a somewhat tame episode than that to what we were used to . It's basically a court room drama but one that has very strong relevance today and that is - what happens when society is under attack from bad guys ? Doyle defends himself from a violent drug dealing villain who is later found dead under the custody of CI5 . and a high flying lawyer does everything in her power to disband the organisation . It's essentially the idealistic trying to disband the practical because they don't agree with the practical . It might be a bit far fetched in the other commentator saying Gordon Jackson deserved a BAFTA but his speech to the idealistic lawyer as to why CI5 exists does sum up why democracies needs armies , and police forces and all the other " violent " institutions that bleeding hearts despise


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