The Professionals (1977–1983)
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Acting independently of each other Doyle and Bodie pose as hitmen to infiltrate a mysterious group of assassins whose targets are all retired government officials. Bodie's hit, Liz Walsh, ... See full summary »


Dennis Abey


Brian Clemens (creator), Tony Barwick




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gordon Jackson ... George Cowley
Martin Shaw ... Doyle
Lewis Collins ... Bodie
Paul Daneman Paul Daneman ... Dawson
Graham Crowden ... Minister
Joyce Grant Joyce Grant ... Miss Walsh
Patrick Ryecart ... Williams
Barry Stanton ... Ferris
Nick Stringer ... Twig
Raymond Brody Raymond Brody ... Kovac (voice)
John Hart Dyke John Hart Dyke ... Flynn
Christopher Banks Christopher Banks ... Mitchell
Patrick Brock Patrick Brock ... Lewis
Jim Dowdall Jim Dowdall ... Man
John Ashbury John Ashbury ... CI5 Man


Acting independently of each other Doyle and Bodie pose as hitmen to infiltrate a mysterious group of assassins whose targets are all retired government officials. Bodie's hit, Liz Walsh, an old colleague of Cowley, colludes in her supposed death for the publicity and helps Cowley work out who could possibly want to get rid of a group of apparently insignificant people. MI6 interference also hampers the operation until Liz exposes a possible traitor. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Action | Comedy | Crime



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12 December 1982 (UK) See more »

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This episode was the last to be filmed and ended with a cliffhanger: did Bodie and Doyle die from the blast when Dawson's boat exploded? However due to a scheduling error, the episode was shown mid-way through Season 5 instead of as the very last episode. See more »


In the scene where Twig shoots Mitchell who falls in slow motion off his boat, the filming lights illuminating the scene can be seen flickering very prominently, due to beating between the mains frequency of the lights and the very high frame rate used to achieve the slow motion. They should have used DC-powered lights! See more »


Ferris: Where are you taking me?
Doyle: Don't worry... it's soundproof.
Ferris: [to Cowley] What does he mean 'soundproof'?
George Cowley: [straight-faced] He means... nobody will hear your screams.
George Cowley: [to Doyle] OK, get on with it.
Ferris: What's he doing?
George Cowley: Filling a bath... or, at least, half-filling it: we don't want to make a mess.
[Doyle picks up the telephone]
Doyle: Send Sparks down with his box of tricks.
Ferris: [terrified] What are you going to do?
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Spy Probe
31 December 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Cowley makes a cutting remark regarding all the double agents in the British security services that are swept under the carpet. What was needed was a root and branch investigation to unearth all the subversives.

Bodie and Doyle are undercover separately. Gaining honest employment as hitmen for some kind of mysterious organisation. They even join forces with a MI6 operative who is also undercover.

The episode opens with Doyle running around trying to get to a telephone box in time. His potential handler is following making irreverent remarks.

The victims are low level ex secret security personnel, many of them long retired. Together they might know enough about a KGB mole who has risen to the top ranks of the security service.

This is a pacy episode, almost surreal. A warehouse full of mannequins, it reminded me of an A-ha musical video. The climax with a boat chase scene on the Thames, I wa surprised how Lewis Collins remained on the boat.

It is a story with some plot holes but at least while you are watching it, there are several high ranking likely suspects.

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