The Professionals (1977–1983)
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Not a Very Civil Civil Servant 

Temple-Blake building firm stands trial for corruption following dishonest warding of contracts by local councillor Webb. Its nervous accountant is murdered to stop him confessing all and ... See full summary »





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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Maurice Denham ...
Sir James Temple
Bill Fraser ...
Col. Summerville
Robert Swann ...
Councillor Webb
Tony Church ...
Derek Martin ...
Anthony Heaton ...
David Hargreaves ...
Linda Goddard ...
Jenny Burton


Temple-Blake building firm stands trial for corruption following dishonest warding of contracts by local councillor Webb. Its nervous accountant is murdered to stop him confessing all and jury members bullied into returning a not guilty verdict. Cowley is not happy and when Bodie and Doyle meet an under-cover fraud officer who posed as a workman to expose the company's use of sub-standard materials and got beaten up, CI5 determine to bring down all concerned. Written by don @ minifie-1

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18 November 1978 (UK)  »

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Creator Brian Clemens initially rejected Edmund Ward's script on the grounds that he could not follow the plot. However London Weekend Television were not prepared to pay for another script so they ordered that the episode would be made despite Clemens' objections. See more »


Towards the end of the episode where Halloran (David Hargreaves) attacks George Cowley (Gordon Jackson) from behind, we see Cowley spray Halloran with white foam from a fire extinguisher cylinder. The front and back of Halloran's jacket are well covered in thick streaks of the white foam as he runs away from Cowley towards a short tunnel. When we see Halloran reappear in the next shot exiting the tunnel and he is confronted by Bodie and Doyle, Halloran has a few small splashes of foam on his front and hair and none whatsoever on his back. See more »


[Cowley has accused the Minister of corruption and withholding details of a murder. The Minister believes that he immune from the law]
Minister: [unconcerned] What do you suggest I do?
George Cowley: Resign. But we live in a world without much honour, where politicians hang onto office like dirty glue, so I don't suppose you will - blame is for others.
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A nest of thesps
3 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

The Professionals was a fair-to-middling 1970's TV actioner series concerned with the fictional government department, CI5 - apparently consisting of just 3 people - responsible for confounding the knavish plots of a variety of generic foreigners. It involved much thrashing about in a selection of British Ford motorcars of the day plus frequent running, shouting and shooting. At the top was veteran pro, Gordon Jackson, with a known face guesting in each episode.

This episode stands out on a number of counts: it is entirely domestic and seemingly smaller scale. It has quite an impressive complement of guest acting talent who acquit themselves well. It has a sharper more savvy script than usual dealing with corruption (government building contracts) in both usual and not so usual places. And the Ford Capri spends most of the time out of shot. This time the baddies are a very urbane very senior servant (Harold Innocent), a local councillor (played with great relish by Peter Woodthorpe) and an exceedingly rich landed Knight (Maurice Denham). The script additionally gives Gordon Jackson more interesting things to do such as insult and threaten a government minister. The cast also includes respected actors Lyndon Brook and Bill Fraser. All in all a considerably more ambitious production than usual and not a single Viva Zapata moustache in sight.

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