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They Don't Make Them Like This Anymore
on 28 May 2004
I was born in '76, and was 7 by the time the last season of The Professionals was aired in 1983. As a young boy I was obviously busting to watch this action packed cop drama but was never allowed to. So roll on 2004, I took the plunge and purchased the whole set. I was blown away. Expecting a campy, badly acted, horribly dated British cop TV serves, what I infact got was a well acted, tense, action packed series. Bodie & Doyle's relationship is very intriguing. Bodie being the all action man, loves the fights, and the chases ( being an ex-army man ) Doyle is the more sensitive of the two, and is more interested in the human side of crime ( being an ex Copper ). In between the action scenes, there are some great comedy moments, mainly between those two. Great banter and humor in the script too. Then of course there is Cowley - The dour Scot with a quick temper, but he loves his boys and although he disciplines them now and again, he's also always willing to offer them a 'pure malt whiskey' after successfully taking out a terrorist. Gordon Jackson plays this role superbly and you really warm to him the more you watch. Martin Shaw is a fine actor, and his long curly locks, and campish scarf that he starts wearing really made me chuckle ( he's supposed to be a rock hard geezer! ) Ofcourse there's some poor episodes out of the 57, usually when Bodie, Doyle & Cowley are not on the screen together. As for the best season? Tough call - 1st series is great after the first 2 or 3 episodes. I also really enjoyed the 4th series, although many felt it started to slacken then. Just get it - you can watch a few episodes in a week. There's nothing like it on TV now, no flash effects or hand held camera approaches. No model-like actors pretending to be hard. Just gritty, 70's action/drama with a great script and loads of violence. All boys stuff!