29 March 2009
In praise of The Professionals

The Professionals, ah yes, Bodie and Doyle, Bonehead and Foil, bubble perms, flares, dodgy leather jackets, Capris and RS2000s (thrashed).

A bit flash when it’s not totally brain dead. Not really our kind of show.

Well, over the last few weeks, with the aid of the repeats on ITV4, I’ve been able to reassess the bien pensant view of the 1970s cop/shy show.

And guess what?  I, and they, were wrong.  It’s brilliant.

Good plots, good characterisation, well acted, well scripted.  And brain dead?  Heck no.  This is a show that is constantly examining the dilemmas and ironies present in the exercise of state power.

The repeats have also provided a good opportunity to reassess the relative acting merits of Lewis Collins and Martin Shaw.

The general view is that of the two only Shaw was the proper actor.  Which is odd because it is Collins who nails his character right from the beginning while Shaw is constantly struggling.  In his defence Doyle - the heavy with a heart - was always going to be a struggle for actor and scriptwriter alike but still…

Anyway, time for those immortal opening titles:

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  1. But it’s still not as good as the Sweeney.

    Posted by Peter Briffa on 31 March 2009 at 11:57am

  2. Series creator Brian Clemens didn’t help when he said that Martin was a trained actor and Lewis was in The Mojos.

    Visit http://www.lewiscollins.info to see just how versatile an actor Lewis really is.

    Posted by LCH on 21 September 2009 at 02:03am

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