16 episodes, (about half of which were taken from the 1980 recording block), which for many fans represented an artistic noir for this long running series. Both Lewis Collins and Martin Shaw had made no secret of the fact that they weren't exactly kindered spirits, Martin Shaw especially expressing dissatisfaction with the show, he would later go on record to state that the show was "rubbish".
It is perhaps ironic then that, in all that turmoil, some of the most fondly remembered episodes were filmed. Operation Sussie, Foxhole On a Roof, and the all time classic episode -Discovered in a Graveyard, (when Ray Doyle is seriously wounded and questions whether he wants to continue living, through a series of hallucinations!!), all really strong stuff, and a real return to the spirit of the earlier episodes.
On the negative side, it is a shame to see that there was no definate ending to the series, the last episode to be shown was "No stone" which pulled in 16 million viewers on its original broadcast date of Feb 1983. This episode left a big question mark hanging over the series, perhaps the shows makers thought that CI5 may return some day.
By the time this series was screened, all three of its stars were peaking in terms of success- even the cars had, and still have!, cult status. Who can forget those silver and gold Ford Capri's!!.
If your Professionals fan and you've got the previous three DVD sets, then you're bound to purchase this. A fantastic series which ran for six years- but should have run for longer!.
This is true testiment to what a classic cop show should be made of!.
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