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The Professionals - Series 3 (New Packaging) [DVD]

Gordon Jackson , Martin Shaw    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Gordon Jackson, Martin Shaw, Lewis Collins
  • Format: PAL, Box set
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Jan 2012
  • Run Time: 701 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005X7ABJU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,275 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

This series chronicled the lives of Bodie and Doyle, top agents for Britain's CI5 (Criminal Intelligence 5), and their controller, George Cowley. The mandate of CI5 was to fight terrorism and similar high-profile crimes. Cowley, a hard ex-MI5 operative, hand-picked each of his men. Bodie was a cynical ex-SAS paratrooper and mercenary whose nature ran to controlled violence, while his partner, Doyle, came to CI5 from the regular police force, and was more of an open minded liberal. Their relationship was often contentious, but they were the top men in their field, and the ones to whom Cowley always assigned to the toughest cases. Episodes are: 'The Purging of CI5', 'Backtrack', 'Stopover', 'Dead Reckoning', 'The Madness of Mickey Hamilton', 'A Hiding to Nothing', 'Runner', and 'Servant of Two Masters'.

Customer Reviews

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Escapist fun for children of all ages 6 April 2011
By J. Fay
Brian Clemens created some of the most successful programmes on British television, The Professionals being one of them. The nostalgia factor probably has an effect on how you view this series. Weekend nights in front of the box watching this was essential for me as a young lad. Then next day I'd be out on my bike arguing with my friend about who was going to be Bodie as we acted out the latest episode. Sorry, Doyle but the perm was too much even back then. Is that why he wasn't keen on tv re-runs?
This is high quality tv the like of which we just don't see any more. Saturday night now means Ant and Dec or some similar "entertainment".
The Professionals was not without its critics. I feel the problem arises when people treat the subject matter too seriously - this was escapist nonsense and even I knew that back in 1977. The Professionals were the good guys and the baddies were clearly bad guys. There was lots of shooting, screeching of tyres in a great selection of British cars and a few "birds" thrown in for good measure.
This series contains 14 episodes on four discs.
Rumours are rife that a new film is going to be made. Do yourself a favour and watch this instead in all its un-PC glory.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Boy's are back 18 Sep 2002
By Livia
Having already purchased the previous two DVD sets I couldn't wait to get my hands on the third. Just as I remembered this show only gets better. The relationships between the main characters really come into their own from series 3 onwards. Shaw and Collins seem settled in their roles by this stage and that shines through bringing an onscreen chemistry that is second to none. The writing also continues to underline the pseudo-gay relationship between the boys and the actors camp it up beautifully. We also see a strenghtening of the boys father/son relationship with Cowley. Episodes that I recommend for starters are 'Mixed Doubles', 'The Purging of CI5' and 'Involvement'. I now wait with baited breath for series 4 and the unforgettable 'Discovered in a Graveyard'. Long live The Cow and his Calves.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great season! 22 Jan 2007
This season of The Professionals has a good selection of stories, some predictable and some clever. Most of all though, it's the interaction between the three main characters that's the best! Also, how they drive cars, the guns and the fights!!! Great entertainment, great pace, good stories and great characters. Forget modern stuff, be retro, watch The Professionals! Just try to stop yourself from humming the theme music!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tight trousers, action and squealing wheels 21 Sep 2002
By Tauna
Well Bodie & Doyle are back for season 3. There's lots of action and the bonus of some smart plots. Personally I have these just for Lewis Collins and his skin tight trousers but aside from that delightful view the dvds are nice and clear, the sound is not too bad and the extras are fun. This time around they have included some fun promo shots along with the fashion faux pas and the cars. My only complaint is that the mastering is a bit funky and I get some hiccoughs in play. I can live with that as it's intermittent and the content is just so much fun!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Best season of the series! 18 Jun 2006
By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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If you are looking at season 3, chances are you have already watched seasons 1 and 2... well, if that's the case, you'll find that season 3 is the best so far. This is where the chemistry between the three leads was well established, and the writers were given more free reign to explore the characters. This season included some very personal episodes for the first time, including where Bodie is losing his touch (Wild Justice), as personal vengeance gets the better of him. Of course, Cowlie and Doyle rescue him in the end.. Also includes the classic car chase that I remember from my youth, where our fearless duo are bringing a priceless desk to Cowlie and get involved in a high speed car chase (including an unscripted meeting with a kerb) sending the desk to a spectacular demise.

Of course, there's the 80's cheese factor, but this is surprisingly good drama, and has not aged as badly as you think it will have ... Some of the episodes are taut, and some are poignant... although, the one liners at the end of the epsiode are often too quick and convenient to tie up all the loose thoguhts let hanging.

The transfer is crisp for the most part, audio is fine - the extras look good on paper and the mission briefings are worth the read with all their trivia and where are they now comments.., but they are pretty clunky to get through, and oddly blurred and difficult to read at times.

However, this was possibly the pinnacle of The Professionals - if you like them at all, you'll have to have this season. Buckle up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars description of episodes 18 Jun 2013
By simona
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Professionals series three 12 Aug 2011
Series three of the great show The Professionals continues the now established and successful adventures of CI5 with Cowley, Doyle and Bodie.
The entire Third series is presented nicely in this excellent DVD set. The Professionals is an exciting series from the 1970s. The DVD sets of all four seasons are excellent. This third series is very good.

The Professionals had been created by Albert Fennel and Brain Clemens after a long history in British TV with successful series in like The Avengers in the 1960s and The New Avengers a couple of years earlier. They had used the same composer, Laurie Johnson to compose the music for those shows and now again for the Professionals. Series one and two each had 14 episodes of which one episode from series one had not been screened.
This new season Three also has 14 episodes, all of which were transmitted. The series was produced by Raymond Menmuir.
Albert Fennell, Brian Clemens and composer Laurie Johnson had worked together in the 1960s and together had created MK1 productions to make the New Avengers. The same team as MK1 productions now produced The Professionals.

Criminal Intelligence 5, or CI5 is a special branch of British Law that deals with crime of a serious nature that go beyond the capability of the police. It is a Unit that is instructed by the Home Secretary.
CI5 is fictitious but it enabled the writers to give our heroes a wide variety of situations to deal with.
It has similar appearance to the real MI5 or CID but being fictitious also gave the show more artistic licence that the portrayal of the Flying Squad in The Sweeney. CI5 deal with espionage, cold war problems, terrorists, civil unrest, and large-scale crime.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very pleased with this purchase and I would use this seller again.
Published 23 days ago by MR P P SIMMONETT
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very pleased
Published 2 months ago by Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars this is has good as i remember watching it as a little kid.
this is a 5 star all day long. i still watch it on itv4. but gonna get dvds on it. sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good
Published 8 months ago by tango
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought for an episode from Season 3 which isn't there!
Very disappointed that the episode I wanted was missing. I notice another reviewer stated the same about another DVD missing the same episode....hmmmm!
Published 10 months ago by mumof2
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Show
Every episode is great, very watchable even though it's vintage telly, better than some modern stuff. I would recomend this DVD
Published 15 months ago by Drew
5.0 out of 5 stars Still as good as in the 70s
This brings back memories and I like it just as much as I did at the time it came out. Good Brit series
Published 15 months ago by brenda
The description of episodes not corrispond. For fans in this season 3 of the Professional, the actor Michael Gothard is not in episode "Stopover" where is very elegant an... Read more
Published 15 months ago by simona
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes me back
Love this series first time found and this time me and my partner got so hooked we bought the whole set of dvds of all the series.
Published 22 months ago by jo
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