The Professionals (1977–1983)
7.7/10
57
1 user

The Acorn Syndrome 

After two hired guns have been shot following a hostage situation CI5 discovers that they rang the Apex arms factory and that Apex employee John Copeland is being blackmailed into copying ... See full summary »

Director:

Martin Campbell

Writers:

Brian Clemens (creator), John Kruse
Reviews

Photos

Edit

Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gordon Jackson ... George Cowley
Martin Shaw ... Doyle
Lewis Collins ... Bodie
Michael Craig ... Guthrie
Ronald Hines ... Copeland
Lynda La Plante ... Viv Copeland (as Lynda Marchal)
Ian Redford ... Lucas
Alun Lewis Alun Lewis ... McCabe
Oona Kirsch Oona Kirsch ... Sandy Copeland
Kate Dorning Kate Dorning ... Nancy
John Michael McCarthy John Michael McCarthy ... Insp. Grainger
Nigel Humphreys Nigel Humphreys ... Joe
Stewart Harwood Stewart Harwood ... Sam
Gennie Nevinson Gennie Nevinson ... Eva
Sean Chapman ... Coleman
Edit

Storyline

After two hired guns have been shot following a hostage situation CI5 discovers that they rang the Apex arms factory and that Apex employee John Copeland is being blackmailed into copying plans for a new tank and handing them over to a group of East German agents. The Professionals stalk the gang to a remote farmhouse where the girl is being held in readiness for a shoot-out. Written by don @ minifie-1

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

Edit

Details

Release Date:

7 September 1980 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

When Bodie leaps out of the boot of Copeland's Mercedes and attaches a tracking device to the blue Hillman Avenger that Copeland has transferred to, the bug immediately falls off as the car drives away, but Bodie is still able to track the car to the industrial works. See more »

Quotes

[Bodie and Doyle have been questioning a schoolgirl who knows Sandy Copeland]
Doyle: Thank you very much - you've been very helpful.
Bodie: Yeah, very. You know, when you leave here you ought to join the police force.
Nancy: No thanks. I used to watch Police Woman. Too fraught. There are easier ways of making a living.
Doyle: [eagerly] Oh - tell us.
Nancy: [facetiously] Marry a millionaire.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Acorn Syndrome
29 March 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Bodie & Doyle are just going about doing their daily business such as buying a new desk for Cowley.

Luck would have it that they end up chasing two bad guys that escalate into a hostage situation. Worse, they have to tell Cowley that they smashed his desk lost his drawers during the chase.

The hostage scenario is resolved but the two bad guys were killed by two suspicious men driving away in a BMW. They surely must be East Germans.

What Bodie & Doyle discover than an employee from an arms factory is forced to hand over plans for a new project as his daughter has been kidnapped.

A rather violent but exciting opener to the fourth series. The episodes directed by Martin Campbell always seemed to have an extra oomph. The banter between the two leads is as efficient as German engineering.

If the ultimate bad guys were East Germans they would be driving a Trabant!


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed