The Professionals (1977–1983)
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Discovered in a Graveyard 

Doyle is shot in his flat by an intruder and Cowley believes the connection lies with a terrorist group, two of whose members were blown up following a car chase by CI5. Whilst Doyle lies ... See full summary »

Director:

Anthony Simmons

Writers:

Brian Clemens (creator), Christopher Wicking
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gordon Jackson ... George Cowley
Martin Shaw ... Doyle
Lewis Collins ... Bodie
Derek Waring Derek Waring ... Dr. Seigel
Philip Latham ... Hogan
Megumi Shimanuki Megumi Shimanuki ... Mayli Kuolo
Vincent Wong Vincent Wong ... Colonel Lin Foh
Richard Moore Richard Moore ... Malone
Owen Holder Owen Holder ... Coroner
Steve Alder Steve Alder ... Murphy
David Yip ... Editor
Rayner Bourton ... Caretaker
Julie Sullivan Julie Sullivan ... Rita
Toni Kanal Toni Kanal ... Nurse Hale
Linda Lou Allen Linda Lou Allen ... Blonde
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Doyle is shot in his flat by an intruder and Cowley believes the connection lies with a terrorist group, two of whose members were blown up following a car chase by CI5. Whilst Doyle lies in a coma dreaming of surreal graveyard conversations with his boss, Cowley and Bodie piece together the events of the last few days to identify the person who pulled the trigger and prevent them from doing it again. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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5 December 1982 (UK) See more »

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The Professionals shift up a gear
11 February 2010 | by trimmerb1234See all my reviews

The Professionals was penned by a host of different writers. Sometimes at its worst it could be ho-hum hokum but some episodes, perhaps no accident, were good in everything. A good story with good parts for the regulars perhaps motivated everyone and this episode is a belter in all respects - and the edgiest of the entire run. Indeed some parts of plot and script would grace a feature film. The episode throws out the convention of the duo being bullet-proof. It also throws out the macho convention that men do the shooting and women make the coffee or that if the baddie is a woman she has the look of an East German female athlete. The cunning agile baddie here is fanatical, very homicidal, small and looks rather sweet. Also it cleverly inverts the usual relationship between the duo and the baddie.

This episode is edgy in other ways - Cowley, man of moral certainties who deals with people has to deal with amoral Ministerial real-politik from a man who deals with policies. Perhaps the crowning even savagely cynical real-politik is though from the killer's sponsors at the end. It has has a whiff of reality.

Finally the story gives the duo also probably their strongest parts - and perhaps the best payoff line.


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