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 »
Martin Shaw publicly disliked the series, describing his character as a "violent moppet". By contrast, Lewis Collins revelled in his tough guy image, becoming a black belt in martial arts, and joining the Territorial Army as a paratrooper. Allegedly, he also attempted to join one of the Territorial Army's Special Air Service (S.A.S.) Regiments, but was rejected as being too famous for their covert role. He would go on to play an S.A.S. Officer in The Final Option (1982) and Code Name: Wild Geese (1984) (Codename Wildgeese). The actors' contrasting attitudes influenced the writing for their characters, Bodie very much being written as a tougher, more ruthless individual with few qualms about his job, while Doyle is more thoughtful and troubled by the violence he has seen.
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.
The UK DVD has a 10s cut in series 3.