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Title

CHARLIE CATCHPOLE'S TV COLUMN - A PROFESSIONAL JOB

Source

The Mirror

Date

21 September 1999

Author(s)

Charlie Catchpole

Spotted By

Jill Woolfenden

A Professional Job

THE Professionals are back, now called CI5: The New Professionals (Sunday, Sky One).

ITV should be karate-kicking themselves for missing out on this because, in many ways, it's better than the original. Sharper haircuts, posher cars, snazzier leather jackets. Even more preposterous plots.

Where Bodie and Doyle dashed around London's docklands in a Ford Capri, scattering piles of cardboard boxes in their wake, Chris Keel (Kal Weber) and Sam Curtis (Colin Wells) get to chase their villains around locations like Russia, Cape Town and South Carolina, riding in a Lotus Esprit, a helicopter or even an F-16 jet fighter.

They're joined by Lexa Doig as CI5's first action-babe Tina Backus (nicknamed Backup, natch) who is every bit as brave and bright as the boys. And almost as beautiful.

Edward Woodward (The Equalizer, aka The Tranquillizer) plays their boss, Commander Harry Malone. At the end of the first episode, he pinned up a picture of his predecessor George Cowley (the late Gordon Jackson), stood to attention and saluted it.

Nice one.

Writer Brian Clemens, who created The Professionals, also slipped in a sly reference to a former agent who used to sport a curly, bubble-cut hairdo. "You're kidding me!" cried Keel. "No, really! I saw a photo!" laughed Curtis. Even nicer one.

(c) Mirror Group Ltd, 1999.
THE MIRROR 21/09/1999 P9

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