The Professionals (1977–1983)
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Look After Annie 

Annie Irvine, charismatic evangelist and founder of the left-wing Workers-Christian Alliance, arrives back in England having survived an assassination attempt in Chicago and Cowley, an old ... See full summary »


Charles Crichton


Brian Clemens (creator), Brian Clemens


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Episode complete credited cast:
Gordon Jackson ... George Cowley
Martin Shaw ... Doyle
Lewis Collins ... Bodie
Diana Fairfax ... Annie Irvine
Clifton Jones ... Stanley
Patricia Quinn ... Isla
Derek Francis Derek Francis ... John Howard
Keith Buckley ... Ben Hymer
Nick Brimble ... Big Billy
Frank Jarvis Frank Jarvis ... Patterson
Michael Walker Michael Walker ... Turner
John Golightly John Golightly ... Police Officer
John Sarbutt John Sarbutt ... Thug
David Mallinson ... Frank
Jonathan Bergman Jonathan Bergman ... Thug


Annie Irvine, charismatic evangelist and founder of the left-wing Workers-Christian Alliance, arrives back in England having survived an assassination attempt in Chicago and Cowley, an old flame of hers, charges Doyle and Bodie to protect her. They are highly amused to think of their boss as having had a love life. They detain a right-wing opponent of the Alliance but the real danger comes from Annie's managers, who seek to capitalize on her 'martyrdom'. Annie is saved but things will never be the same between her and her 'Georgie'. Written by don @ minifie-1

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17 March 1978 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Bodie's Ford Capri has no rear view mirror for close ups, but it is present in long shots See more »


Bodie's jacket changes between arresting Howard and showing him in to Cowley's office. See more »


[Bodie and Doyle are acting as bodyguards for Annie Irving; she has hinted that she and Cowley used to be very close.]
Bodie: [chuckling] I was just thinking: Cowley and a woman!
Doyle: Yeah - he'd kick the door down... throw her on the bed...
Bodie: ...and frisk her!!
[they both laugh]
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Edited from All Coppers Are... (1972) See more »

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Look After Annie
12 December 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Directed by veteran Charles Crichton who would be Oscar nominated for A Fish Called Wanda.

I did find the politics all over the place for this one. I mean a left wing evangelist who is hot in the USA!

Annie Irvine is a Christian evangelist with left wing links and big in the USA.

She has had a failed assassination attempt in the past. When she returns to Britain for an event, Cowley increases security while a fascist group organise a protest against her.

Bodie and Doyle find out that Annie is an old flame of Cowley. When Cowley visits her with some opera tickets he seems to be put out that Annie is close to one of her entourage who just happens to be a black man.

As Cowley talks to one of the fascist organisers, it seem the danger to Annie is from within her circle.

Some of the episode was overambitious and really did not work. Archive footage of right wing marches mixed with this episode just did not look right. When Annie is running away from the bad guys she comes across no police or demonstrators who are all supposed to be nearby.

Also CI5 needs to look into its security detail. All the bad guys and their shooters were in the building all along.

That was the end of the first series of The Professionals. There was a 13th episode that was never broadcast because it had such a clunky anti racism message. It revealed Bodie to be a racist which Lewis Collins was unhappy about. Lewis Collins did a marathon charity run with mixed race former world boxing champion John Conteh in 1980 with both of them carrying an army backpack.

What made the show a hit was the chemistry between Shaw and Collins, simply effortless. Ironic as it seems that the two actors may not had got on well with each other. Shaw had a desire to be a serious thespian while Collins wanted to be the next James Bond.

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