The Professionals (1977–1983)
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Former CI5 operative Meredith was presumed dead but re-surfaces, apparently working for the Russians. A proposed exchange leads Cowley to go alone to a deserted aerodrome to meet the ... See full summary »

Director:

William Brayne

Writers:

Brian Clemens (creator), John Goldsmith
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Gordon Jackson ... George Cowley
Martin Shaw ... Doyle
Lewis Collins ... Bodie
James Laurenson ... Meredith
Michael Gothard ... Kodai
Morris Perry ... Radouk
Peter Cartwright ... Sir Peter Pelham
William Morgan Sheppard ... Malenski (as Morgan Sheppard)
Paul Dawkins Paul Dawkins ... Tramp
Frank Jarvis Frank Jarvis ... Dale
Alec Linstead Alec Linstead ... Doctor
Jacob Witkin Jacob Witkin ... Captain
Robert Booth Robert Booth ... Stevens
Godfrey Jackman Godfrey Jackman ... Customs Official
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Former CI5 operative Meredith was presumed dead but re-surfaces, apparently working for the Russians. A proposed exchange leads Cowley to go alone to a deserted aerodrome to meet the Russian Kodai and furnish him with a British passport and money. However, it is a trap and Cowley is shot, seemingly fatally. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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Release Date:

10 November 1979 (UK) See more »

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When Bodie picks up Doyle when Meredith is already in the back, there is no rear view mirror in Bodie's Capri See more »

Goofs

The interrogation room where Malenski is held is the same one where Bodie was held in the episode 'Fall Girl' in season 2. See more »

Quotes

[a helicopter is hovering over the field]
Doyle: He's having a good long look
William Andrew Philip Bodie: Bloody advertising I call it.
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20 March 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

This is one of the episodes of The Professionals I can remember watching when it was first broadcast as it features Cowley in grave danger.

It also features a ruthless hitman played by the henchman in the octagonal glasses in the James Bond film, For Your Eyes Only.

I did think the episode has shades of John le Carre. CI5 operative Meredith was presumed dead after being captured by the Khmer Rouge.

However he returns to Britain in dramatic fashion after being held by the Cambodians for several years. Meredith has information on a Russian agent called Radouk who plans to give valuable information to British secret service in exchange for a British passport and money.

However ace Russian assassin Kodai plans to silence Meredith. Bodie and Doyle need to keep him safe while Cowley decides if he can really trust Meredith.

There is certainly plenty of action scenes, car chases and double dealing. Just a thought, if you think your returning CI5 operative might be in danger, it would be better if you did not take a very long walk to your car in the docks. Anyone can take a potshot at you.


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