The Professionals (1977–1983)
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A Man Called Quinn 

Quinn, a former secret-service agent left traumatised by torture at the hands of the KGB, escapes from a psychiatric hospital. He embarks on a deadly campaign against his former colleagues - including George Cowley.


Horace Ové


Tony Barwick, Brian Clemens (creator)




Episode complete credited cast:
Gordon Jackson ... George Cowley
Martin Shaw ... Doyle
Lewis Collins ... Bodie
Del Henney Del Henney ... Quinn
Steven Berkoff ... Krasnov
Bernard Archard ... Granger
Peter Howell ... Howard
Linal Haft ... Jack Canon
Johnny Shannon ... Harris
Christopher Ettridge Christopher Ettridge ... 2nd Interrogator
Margo Cunningham ... Landlady
Christopher Scoular Christopher Scoular ... Doctor
Malcolm Mudie Malcolm Mudie ... Male Nurse
Peter Woodward ... Policeman
John Owens ... Johnson


Former agent Quinn escapes from Repton mental hospital and, after renting a room which he re-arranges to look like a cell, retrieves his gun from the woods. He has recalled the days when he was captured and brain-washed by the KGB into killing four of his colleagues. He shoots two of them, in one case fatally, before pursuing his next target - Cowley, who escapes protective custody to seek out Quinn and do a deal with him. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Action | Comedy | Crime


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In the nightmare scenes with Steven Berkoff dressed as a Russian officer, his uniform is identical to the one he wore in "Octopussy." See more »


At 36 minutes 4 seconds, Bodie's Capri has its rear view mirror in place; at 36.18 it is not there. See more »


[Cowley is displeased that Bodie and Doyle are late after being stopped for speeding]
Doyle: What's he been eating? Razor blades?
Bodie: Yeah - all the better to bite your head off with, my dear!
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Quinn-tessential Professionals!
6 October 2019 | by canndymanSee all my reviews

Former British agent Quinn escapes from a psychiatric facility where he's being treated after 3 years' captivity and interrogation in Russia at the hands of the KGB. He then draws up a hit-list of former colleagues, who he plans to take out one by one in a carefully orchestrated solo operation. Cowley sends his boys in - but will Quinn be too clever for them?

This is an excellent episode of The Professionals that has all the elements that made the series so good. A dash of humor (Bodie getting 'pulled' by a cop for speeding!), an intriguing and smart opponent in the shape of Quinn (Dale Henney in excellent form as the nominal silent assassin), and a story that really zips along until it reaches a thrilling climax.

Former Gerry Anderson scriptwriter Brian Barwick recycled elements of his UFO story 'Mindbender' for this episode, and it works very effectively as Quinn 'sees' anyone who opposes him as one of his Russian tormentors.

Coupled with some good locations and a well-cast Steven Berkhoff as Quinn's 'trigger', this is a very enjoyable and memorable episode packed with action, suspense, tension and that all-important dash of humor.

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30 January 1983 (UK) See more »

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