The Professionals (1977–1983)
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CI5 agent Fraser, shadowing a drugs gang based in a bowling alley, stumbles on 'something bigger' but is killed before he can explain to Cowley. Bodie and Doyle are sent to stake out the ... See full summary »


Benjamin Wickers


Brian Clemens (creator), Dennis Spooner


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gordon Jackson ... George Cowley
Martin Shaw ... Doyle
Lewis Collins ... Bodie
David Collings ... Frank Turner
Barry Jackson ... Bob
Pamela Stephenson ... Attractive Blonde
Jack Lynn Jack Lynn ... Blackie - Fat Man
Peter Armitage ... Ray Kerrigan - Peanut Eater
Tony Osoba ... Handsome Negro
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ... Doctor Binney
Gerald James Gerald James ... Hunter
Brian Hawksley Brian Hawksley ... Man in Raincoat
Malcolm Hayes Malcolm Hayes ... Jack Thorwold
Barry Stokes ... Major Tilden
Trevor Adams Trevor Adams ... Benny, CI5 Agent


CI5 agent Fraser, shadowing a drugs gang based in a bowling alley, stumbles on 'something bigger' but is killed before he can explain to Cowley. Bodie and Doyle are sent to stake out the bowl, where they find a dying man whose last word is "Swallows". He has been poisoned with plutonium by the Swallows Bowling Club, the cover for a disgruntled band of white supremacists who aim to blow London up with a bomb planted in the bowling alley. CI5 must locate it. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Action | Comedy | Crime





Release Date:

3 March 1978 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Sarah Grazebrook is dubbed. See more »


When it is in the air, the helicopter is seen to be battered by the rain, but it is perfectly dry on the ground. See more »


Bodie: Hey, why don't we just, uh, run everybody in?
Doyle: And give Cowley a late night questioning them all?
Bodie: Yeah, that's right. We could go home.
Doyle: He'd be full of praise, too.
Bodie: Praise?
Doyle: Well, I wouldn't want to take the credit for an idea as good as that, would I?
Bodie: Yeah, you'd admit it was me.
Doyle: Yeah. Well, grudgingly. And with just the right touch of... admiration.
Bodie: Know what you are, don't you?
Doyle: I know what you *think* I am.
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Stake Out
7 December 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

It is only the first series and the producers were already recycling the guest cast. After appearing as nurse held hostage. Pamela Stephenson returns in this episode as a junkie. You might think she was going out with a member of the production team.

An undercover CI5 agent called Fraser was meant to check out a drugs gang operating from a bowling alley. Fraser instead finds something that is nuclear but neglects to tell Cowley properly about it. Fraser winds up dead.

Bodie and Doyle are sent to the bowling alley to find out what Fraser accidentally stumbled across. What they find is a man poisoned by plutonium and a supremacist group wanting to keep South Africa white and they have something special planned for Black Friday and it is not the Amazon one day sale.

There is a race against time element as Silver, sorry David Collings tries to disarm a dirty bomb. The director pulls out all the stops to make it looks tense. Collings perspires so much I thought he was going to drown in his own sweat.

At least the show places the spotlight on the supporters of the then South African apartheid regime.

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