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The Professionals

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The Professionals - and one Unprofessional

The British version of Starsky & Hutch - albeit themed around a fictitious government intelligence department rather than the police: CI5.

Watching reruns is a lamentable experience, but back in the 1970s it was the cat's arrse. With lots of shooting, running around, pouting, macho bonhomie and driving through piles of cardboard boxes at great speed, it was must see entertainment for any self-respecting teenage lad. Quite ahead of its time with certain subject matter, it also had one of the best theme tunes ever, which you can get all nostalgic at here: Intro

Centred around the two main characters Bodie (Lewis Collins) and Doyle (Martin Shaw), each week our two heroes foiled dastardly criminal plots aided by father figure and CI5 'boss' George Cowley (Gordon Jackson).

The Professionals was what The New Avengers should have been: gutsy and blokey instead of a saucy ol' thigh-slapping mince up. And it had a Ford Capri. I mean really, what more could you want? It's all here. Kick back and enjoy:

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