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Title

THREADBARE THRILLER

Source

The Herald Sun

Date

29 September 1999

Author(s)

GARRY MANSFIELD

Spotted by

Jill Woolfenden

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CI5: The New Professionals
(9.30pm Saturday, Seven)
THE Professionals was an action-packed hit British series that ran from 1978-'83 and starred Gordon Jackson as George Cowley, founder of an elite anti-terrorist group called CI5.

This sequel/remake puts Edward Woodward in the lead role as the latest boss of CI5, still paying homage to Cowley (there is a photo of Jackson on Woodward's office wall) and urging his men, as Cowley did, to keep England safe and "smelling, even if ever so faintly, of roses and lavender".

The original series featured two operatives named Bodie and Doyle (Lewis Collins and Martin Shaw) and the new version has a similar dynamic duo. The only tweak to the story is that one is British (Sam Curtis played by Colin Wells) and the other American (Chris Keel played by Kal Weber). Together, they battle international crime using the latest weaponry, surveillance and communications and, yes, they always come up smelling like roses.

 (C) 1999 Herald and Weekly Times Limited.
HERALD SUN 29/09/1999 P13

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