The Professionals (1977–1983)
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The Ojuka Situation 

To Cowley's annoyance, CI5 are to protect Colonel Ojuka, a former head of an African country who is to attend a conference with a view to regaining power. Bodie and Doyle foil two ... See full summary »

Director:

Christopher King

Writers:

Brian Clemens (creator), Dave Humphries (as David Humphries)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gordon Jackson ... George Cowley
Martin Shaw ... Doyle
Lewis Collins ... Bodie
Clarke Peters ... President Ojuka
Shope Shodeinde Shope Shodeinde ... Katunda Ojuka
Geoffrey Palmer ... Avery
Steve Alder Steve Alder ... Murphy
John Horsley ... Headmaster
Charles Dance ... Parker
Al Matthews ... Faroud
Harry Fowler ... Salesman
Robert Swann Robert Swann ... Major Danby
Colin McCormack Colin McCormack ... Inspector
Michael Bertenshaw Michael Bertenshaw ... Doctor
Jane West Bakerink ... Hotel Receptionist (as Jane West)
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To Cowley's annoyance, CI5 are to protect Colonel Ojuka, a former head of an African country who is to attend a conference with a view to regaining power. Bodie and Doyle foil two assassination attempts, but Ojuka honestly seems to have no idea who was behind them. Cowley suspects a government official with business interests in Africa, but someone closer to Ojuka also has a grievance. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1983 (UK) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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At 20 minutes 40 seconds Bodie comments about a Mercedes he has seen in his rear view mirror; when the shot cuts to a view through the windscreen there is no rear view mirror See more »

Quotes

Avery: The notion of calling in CI5 for a school visit seemed akin to asking the SAS to rescue a cat out of a tree.
George Cowley: An error of judgement on your part, then?
Avery: It's easy to be wise after the event, Cowley. I won't be held responsible.
George Cowley: [ironically] Oh, yes, I can see that!
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The Ojuka Situation
6 August 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

The Ojuka Situation features an early appearance from Charles Dance as a South African hitman. In the BBC genealogy series 'Who Do You Think You Are' Charles found out that his father did not die when Charles was four but he ended up getting married again and had a daughter who lived in South Africa!

Bodie and Doyle have to protect Hakim Ojuka (Clarke Peters) the deposed was the leader of an African country. Hakim is not one to take his downfall lying down. Despite his despotic leanings, he is plotting to lead his country again and seeks assistance from the UK government.

Even when visiting a school for his son, someone attempts to kill Hakim. It is a good job he is handy with a gun.

Cowley thinks that someone in the British government might be leaking information. Someone sees Hakim as an enemy and wants him out of the way so they would be in favour with the new regime in his country.

No matter how safe CI5 try to keep Hakim, someone always gets close to have a pop at him.

It does not take much to figure out who might be leaking information. It is Hakim who turns out to be too trusting. It is interesting that The Professionals like a lot of other shows of that era saw African countries as a cesspit of regimes that regularly ended having a coup.

Clarke Peters seems to be having a good time as the gun toting Hakim. There is more good banter between Doyle and Bodie. Murphy make his final appearance as part of the CI5 team. Some nasty bureaucrats in the government are intent in making Cowley's life harder. It just that this type of episode was done several times in The Professionals.


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