Customer Reviews


10 Reviews
5 star:
 (8)
4 star:
 (2)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 
Most Helpful First | Newest First

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Driving In the Home Counties, A Guide for Foreigners, 6 Jan 2003
This review is from: The Professionals: Season 2 [DVD] (DVD)
If you need to show your friends a real police action show, and how to drive your Ford around the home counties, the Professionals DVD series 2 set is an unavoidable purchase. For your money you get numerous handbrake turns in the Capri, one featuring a line of pensioners applauding Bodie after a particularly needless occurence, while Martin Shaw ruins his perm with a convertible E-Type Jaguar and the more familiar RS Mexico.
Even if your efforts fail to convince your friends that this is how we all drove (or more accurately wished we could) in the home counties during the late 70s, this set provides 16 episodes of action-packed mayhem that makes James Bond look positively dull and commercial.
By the second series the creator, Brian Clemens, moved scenes away from "back at the office" to the streets giving a pace and an edge hard to rival even in today's series. The creators ensure the villains are highly-organized and outgun the heroic twosome. Villains include Art Malik (Living Daylights , the Jewel in the Crown) and D.C. Burnside from "The Bill" - his Bill name presumably stemming from his almighty side-burns illustrated in the episode "The Rack".
For a series first shown in 1978 the Professionals keeps even the most hard core CSI watcher in suspense. I'll take Bodie and Doyle doing handbrake turns over a crime lab anytime delivered here with a crisp picture, stereo(phonic) sound, actor biographies and production notes for each episode.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long gone tv age, 2 Sep 2002
This review is from: The Professionals: Season 2 [DVD] (DVD)
Being a spotty 14 year old when the Professionals were originally on our tv screens may have some influence on my rating of this 4 disc box set. However, twenty three years after the original screenings, this series still excites and entertains with Brian Clemens writing story lines equal in imagination only to, Forsyth or LeCarre. Superb, a must buy especially if you want to know how to write a great tv series!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Professionals v2, 20 Sep 2010
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Picture quality is acceptable but not up to today's standard. There is no bonus material but everything else is spot on. My son's watch it with me and love it
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Professionals series two, 12 Aug 2011
By 
Miss M. Potter "marcia" (england) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)    (TOP 100 REVIEWER)    (REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Series two
Series one of the Professionals had been a big success and the second series presented here in this wonderful DVD set went on from strength to strength.
The Professionals is an exciting series from the 1970s. The DVD sets of all four seasons are excellent. This second series is very good and it is excellently presented.
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 had 14 episodes of which one had not been screened.
This new season Two 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.

The head of CI5 is George Cowley, a no nonsense leader that believes in fighting fire with fire. His best agents are Ray Doyle (Martin Shaw), a softer more caring but hot headed ex detective constable who has worked the tough parts of London, and William Bodie (Lewis Collins) who is an ex paratrooper and SAS sergeant with a calmer but tough attitude.

There are a number of cars featured in the series. Some are from British Leyland in the early series, with some Rover models, some Triumph models, a Leyland Princess and a Dolomite Spirit. Later series feature cars by Ford with the Capri, Granada, Escort and Cortina.

The series gets off to a good start with a story about a hi tech rifle that his stolen while in the care of Doyle. There is a race to catch the villain, as Doyle becomes a target. Other episodes see Bodie and Doyle trying to find a visiting Israeli minister that has gone missing. We also see them fighting corruption in the police force, becoming body guards to a foreign official, uncovering an assassination plot, breaking a drug smuggling operation, catching terrorists and chasing a man bent on revenge against those he holds responsible for the death of his wife and child.

George Cowley, (played brilliantly by Gordon Jackson) the boss of CI5, has a nickname of "Morris" after the car of the same name. He was a Major in the British Army and also had worked in the secret service including MI5. He is very experienced and makes a great leader. He is able to defend himself. He has many friends and contacts and is not afraid to clash with people to get a job done. His two best men are Bodie and Doyle privately calls him "The Cow". His favourite drink is Scotch whiskey.

The show was often criticised for its violence even though there is little blood seen. There are scenes of fast chases, car chases, fist fights, shootings, martial arts and asphyxiation however.
The show was also criticised for its "political incorrectness" for use of so called sexist and racist terms.
The controversy and disagreement about its suitability for screening led to the show being blocked for repeating on terrestrial television for over two decades.

This DVD set contains all of the shows from the second series. It is uncut. And has been digitally remastered. The picture quality is not that great on the early episodes but it is good enough. The later episodes see the picture quality improve suggesting the problem is down to the age of the material. The series is spread over four DVD discs and they are neatly displayed in a good fold out box.
It is a great series from a by gone age. It is most enjoyable.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the professionals, 19 Jun 2011
I loved this programme when it was on. So was glad i could buy it. I have watched the box set many times. And i still think it was one of the best on TV. Any one who remembers this show would enjoy watching it again and again.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value, 8 Nov 2009
By 
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I bought this as a present for a friend who loved the show as a teenager. She was delighted to receive it and enjoyed it enormously. In her words 'there are lots of episodes in full and for a fan, that's a lot of TV to enjoy'. Can't really say better than that can you?
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars MICHAEL GOTHARD IN "STOPOVER", 8 July 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Professionals: Season 2 [DVD] (DVD)
FOR FANS OF THE ACTOR MICHAEL GOTHARD IS IN EPISODE "STOPOVER". MICHAEL GOTHARD WAS A VERY BRAVE ACTOR AND IN THIS EPISODE IS VERY BEAUTYFUL AND ELEGANT AND ALSO BAD KILLER AS IN THE FILM "007 ONLY FOR YOUR EYES".
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 1 Dec 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Just one set of episodes we bought love them all there is nothing like taking a trip down memory lane
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 19 July 2014
By 
M. Simons (Midlands) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Still love watching the Professionals. The uncut version shows how badly they were edited to accommodate the commercials!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service, am loving Bodie and, 16 July 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Professionals: Season 2 [DVD] (DVD)
As always . Excellent service, am loving Bodie and Doyle
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

The Professionals: Season 2 [DVD]
The Professionals: Season 2 [DVD] by Martin Shaw (DVD - 2002)
30.99
In stock
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews