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4.0 out of 5 stars Get to see the UNEDITED versions of all the episodes, 18 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: CI5: The New Professionals - Complete Series - 4-DVD Set ( C I Five: The New Professionals - The Complete Series ) (DVD)
Despite the criticisms aimed at this revamp of the original Professionals TV series, it wasn't that bad at all. I think David Wickes Television made a cracking little series here that was well above average for its time (1998/99) as much of British television descended into the abyss of reality tv rubbish, wanna-be singing star bore-fests, real cops chasing after mentally deficient joyriders, young Brits holidaying abroad making total prats of themselves in public with spectacles of alcohol induced vomiting and the expulsion of other bodily fluids (demonstrating to the entire world why the word "Great" can no longer be conjoined with the word "Britain"), and endless medical dramas and shows with angst-ridden detectives with disintegrating family lives getting in the way of good old fashioned action based plots. "The New Professionals" was rare at the time of being broadcast as a series which did attempt to be the British made "good old fashioned action series" which everyone older than the age of 35 remembers once graced our airwaves.

Despite the effort put into the series by its producers (with very little funding or backing from UK channels), ITV shamefully ignored it altogether, leaving Sky1 to pick it up. However, Sky butchered up to 10 minutes out of each 45 minute episode to make way for extra adverts, often removing so much of the plot that viewers could be left wondering what happened to whom by the time the credits rolled. Unfortunately, its more recent airings on Men&Movies Channel has been similarly butchered, but to remove every bullet impact or suggested violence to the extent that they were screening an action/adventure series with all the actual "action" cut out of it. The heroes would run into a scene with guns blazing -- CUT -- to bodies everywhere and the battle over, with several minutes of footage on the cutting room floor.

So here - finally - you can now get your hands on the series as it was originally made and intended to be seen. All the guts, gore and violence left in place so that the word "action" can truly be used to describe it. When you get your copy, don't be put off by the fact the cover says it is region 4 (Australia) as the disks work perfectly well on every region 2 dvd player in our house (as the manufacturers claimed they would).

And Lexa Doig is gorgeous in whatever she appears in!! I'd far rather watch her than wanna-be singers slugging it out on X Factor or wanna-be stars bitchily backstabbing each other on Big Brother and its ilk.
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