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Bodie and Doyle, top agents for Britain's CI5 (Criminal Intelligence 5), and their controller, George Cowley fight terrorism and similar high-profile crimes. Cowley, a hard ex-MI5 operative,... See more »

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  George Cowley (57 episodes, 1977-1983)
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  Doyle (57 episodes, 1977-1983)
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  Bodie (57 episodes, 1977-1983)
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  Betty, Cowley's secretary (8 episodes, 1977-1978)
Steve Alder ...
  Murphy (7 episodes, 1980-1983)
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  CI5 Agent / ... (5 episodes, 1978-1982)
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  Attractive Blonde / ... (3 episodes, 1978)
Allan Surtees ...
  Minister / ... (3 episodes, 1978)
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  Arab Diplomat / ... (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
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  Chauffeuse / ... (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
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  Ruth, CI5 Girl (3 episodes, 1978)
Trevor Adams ...
  Benny, CI5 Agent / ... (3 episodes, 1977-1978)
Frank Jarvis ...
  Dale / ... (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Dick Sullivan ...
  Priest / ... (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Del Henney ...
  Benny Marsh / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1983)
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  Peter Crabbe / ... (2 episodes, 1978)
Sheila Ruskin ...
  Helen / ... (2 episodes, 1977-1983)
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  Georgi / ... (2 episodes, 1978)
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  Henry Laughlin / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1983)
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  Ann Seaford / ... (2 episodes, 1978)
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  Avery / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1983)
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  Anna Batak / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Johnny Shannon ...
  Charley Turkel / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1983)
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  Northcott / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1982)
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  Abraham St. Jacques / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Milos Kirek ...
  Costa / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Alan Tilvern ...
  Stefan Batak II / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Christopher Reich ...
  Franky / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
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  Sammy / ... (2 episodes, 1978)
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  Ferris / ... (2 episodes, 1979-1982)
Derek Francis ...
  John Howard / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1982)
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  Colonel Masterson / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
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  Inspector Chives / ... (2 episodes, 1978)
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  Braddock / ... (2 episodes, 1978)
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  Big Billy / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1983)
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  Headmaster / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1983)
Robert Swann ...
  Logan-Blake / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1983)
Paul Humpoletz ...
  D.C.I. Botham / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1980)
Shaun Curry ...
  SAS Sergeant / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Dennis Burgess ...
  Dr. Forbes / ... (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Joseph Charles ...
  Jax, CI5 Agent (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
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  Mervin / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1980)
Tony Caunter ...
  Detective Sergeant / ... (2 episodes, 1978)
Tom Georgeson ...
  Pymar / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1980)
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  Elsa Coran / ... (2 episodes, 1978)
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  Cusak / ... (2 episodes, 1978)
Colin McCormack ...
  Edwards / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1983)
Robert Rietty ...
  Ambassador / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1980)
Raymond Brody ...
  Hotel Receptionist / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1982)
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  Biggs, CI5 Agent / ... (2 episodes, 1977-1978)

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Bodie and Doyle, top agents for Britain's CI5 (Criminal Intelligence 5), and their controller, George Cowley fight terrorism and similar high-profile crimes. Cowley, a hard ex-MI5 operative, hand-picked each of his men. Bodie was a cynical ex-SAS paratrooper and mercenary whose nature ran to controlled violence, while his partner, Doyle, came to CI5 from the regular police force, and was more of an open minded liberal. Their relationship was often contentious, but they were the top men in their field, and the ones to whom Cowley always assigned to the toughest cases. Written by Marg Baskin

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Also Known As
  • Les professionnels (France)
  • Die Profis (Germany)
  • Los profesionales (Spain)
  • I professionals (Italy)
  • Los profesionales (Venezuela)
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  • 50 min
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Trivia For many years, Martin Shaw (Doyle) blocked repeat television showings of the series, disowning it almost immediately after it had finished. Although he gave his reason as not being able to negotiate fees for television repeats with program makers London Weekend Television, it was also alleged that he didn't want to be typecast with the "hard man" image the show portrayed him to have. He only eventually relented to repeat showings in the mid 1990s, when it was discreetly pointed out to him that the widow of Gordon Jackson (Cowley) could do with the income generated by repeat fees. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in It'll Be Alright on the Night 2 (1979). See more »
Soundtracks The Professionals (Main Title) See more »
Quotes [scene-setting voiceover from Season 1 opening titles]
George Cowley: Anarchy, acts of terror, crimes against the public. To combat it I've got special men - experts from the army, the police, from every service - these are The Professionals.
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