TV Series | | Action, Comedy, Crime
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 full summary »
Much of the laddish banter between Bodie and Doyle was improvised on-set by Collins and Shaw in order to entertain the crew, notably their conversation about Cowley in the Capri during The Professionals: Look After Annie (1978). However, these conversations proved to be so popular, that the editors left them in the finished versions, and they came to be regarded by many viewers as some of their favorite parts of the show.
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.
William Bodie and Raymond Doyle refer to each other as "Bodie" and "Doyle." Agents that have been paired together would be more informal than that and be on a first-name basis.
The Season 1 episodes were originally shown with an opening title sequence which included scenes of Bodie and Doyle on an assault course, intercut with a stopwatch. However for repeats and DVD release, the more familiar Season 2-5 title sequence which started with car crashing through a plate glass window was retro-fitted onto the Season 1 episodes.
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