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CI5: The New Professionals 

CI5, the British squad formed by George Cowley to combat 'anarchy, acts of terror, crimes against the public', has developed into an international force with operatives hired from around ... See full summary »
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Edward Woodward ...  Harry Malone 13 episodes, 1999
Kal Weber ...  Chris Keel 13 episodes, 1999
Colin Wells Colin Wells ...  Sam Curtis 13 episodes, 1999
Lexa Doig ...  Tina Backus 13 episodes, 1999
Adrian Irvine Adrian Irvine ...  Spencer 11 episodes, 1999
Charlotte Cornwell Charlotte Cornwell ...  The Minister 3 episodes, 1999
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CI5, the British squad formed by George Cowley to combat 'anarchy, acts of terror, crimes against the public', has developed into an international force with operatives hired from around the world by the 1990s. With connections to the FBI, CIA and other law-enforcement agencies, CI5 operates outside borders with a group of specialists under a similar brief. Written by Jack Yan

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UK

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English

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19 September 1999 (UK) See more »

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CI5 - Ammattilaiset See more »

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Dolby

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16:9
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Follows The Professionals (1977) See more »

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(title theme)
by Laurie Johnson
Arranged by Chris Winter & Hywell Maggs
Produced by David Bainbridge
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A bit of a letdown
20 September 1999 | by Big S-2See all my reviews

The original late 70s / early 80s "Professionals" was all British, politically incorrect, often mindless and frequently placed more emphasis on gunfights and loud explosions than it did on character development. Yet strangely this was part of its appeal and it was (and still is) hugely popular all over the world. The "New Professionals" tries to be a more international and more politically correct show than its predecessor, and that's its main downfall. Two of the main four characters are Americans - one can only assume that these characters were cast with one eye on the American export market. We also now have the male head of CI5 reporting to a female minister and a young and savvy "anything the boys can do I can do too" female sidekick on hand to get the two main (male) leads out of assorted sticky situations. In short, like so many other modern series, pandering to the politically correct lobby. This wouldn't be so bad if the plots weren't so thin and the dialog so weak and corny. "Who are CI5?" asks an FBI man in the pilot episode. "They're the best", replies his colleague, sounding suitably impressed. And so it goes on. A shame - the idea of continuing the CI5 story was a good one. Shame that the end result was such a let-down.


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