The Professionals (1977–1983)
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Klansmen 

The Empire Society, a white supremacist group run by a man called Hulton, is terrorising blacks and trying to forcibly evict them. Cowley and Doyle are shocked at Bodie's apparent colour ... See full summary »

Director:

Pat Jackson

Writers:

Brian Clemens (creator), Brian Clemens | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gordon Jackson ... George Cowley
Martin Shaw ... Doyle
Lewis Collins ... Bodie
Edward Judd ... Hulton
Trevor Thomas Trevor Thomas ... Zadie
Sheila Ruskin Sheila Ruskin ... Helen
Anthony Booth ... Dinny
Lawrie Mark Lawrie Mark ... Tommy
Joseph Charles Joseph Charles ... Jax, CI5 Agent
Oscar James Oscar James ... Topaz
Louis Mahoney ... Doctor
George Harris ... Arty
James Coyle James Coyle ... Merv
Madeleine Newbury Madeleine Newbury ... Miss Pearce
Jules Walters Jules Walters ... Mr. Miller
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The Empire Society, a white supremacist group run by a man called Hulton, is terrorising blacks and trying to forcibly evict them. Cowley and Doyle are shocked at Bodie's apparent colour prejudice when he meets a mixed race married couple but after Bodie is hospitalised Doyle goes undercover and joins the Empire Society, learning that a property developer called Miller is using the group to evict black tenants. However, the biggest shock comes when Miller's identity is revealed, though Bodie, grateful to black hospital staff for pulling him through, learns to overcome his prejudice. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1977 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This banned from UK broadcast episode was included on the Contender Entertainment Group dvd box of the complete series. However certain character elements of Bodie did seem to be out of place in this episode compared to his persona in the rest of the run. See more »

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[a black couple are being evicted from their home in broad daylight. A man called Dinny is chucking their belongings and possessions into the street, while a crowd of people watch. A black lawyer called Zadie pulls up in a car, steps out, walks towards Dinny and orders him to stop]
Zadie: Now put all this back at once!
[Dinny squares up to the lawyer]
Dinny: You wanna mix it with me, nigger?
Zadie: The term "nigger" does not offend me. A corruption of Negro - and I am certainly that. And I've already mixed it with ...
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Klansmen
15 December 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

British television in the 1970s usually tried to sincerely tackle the issue of racism in society. The results were something like Mind Your Language or Love Thy Neighbour though.

Klansmen was never broadcast by ITV, it later appeared on satellite channels. It is one of these episodes where one of the character's has a 180 degree turn.

I assume if Doyle was given the lines Bodie was saddled with, Martin Shaw would had walked out of the show for good.

All of a sudden here is an episode of The Professionals with lots of swearing and many racist words. Even though Bodie has never previously shown any hint of being a racist, he is now revealed as a fully fledged one, calling every black person he sees a spade. No wonder Lewis Collins was unhappy with this episode.

The plot involves some mogul called Miller hiring racist goons to evict black people from their houses so he can then develop the land for millions. When a smart black lawyer turns up to help the people being evicted, he is met with people in white hoods with a burning cross on his lawn.

When a black man falls from a roof, a racist group called The Empire Society is blamed. Doyle infiltrates them. Bodie is in hospital after being stabbed by a black man where he gives the black doctors and nurses in hospital his opinion on the multicultural society.

A cack handed, mind numbing dumb episode. One of the racist goons evicting the black families is played by Anthony Booth. He was more famous as Scouse git in Till Death Do Us Part, always standing up to his father in law's Alf Garnett racist tirades. I bet the producers thought they were being clever.


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