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Title

LEMON FROM CLEMENS

Source

The Sunday Herald Sun

Date

26 September 1999

Author(s)

SHARON RAINSBURY

Spotted by

Jill Woolfenden

Lemon from Clemens

CI5: The New Professionals Seven, Saturday 9.30pm

THE name is the same and the opening credits have a familiar ring to them, but that is where the similarities end for this remake of the hit '70s action series The Professionals. Bodie, Doyle and Cowley have long since retired and the fictitious British CI5 intelligence force is now a global agency staffed by an international team of agents who look like they have stepped from the pages of Vogue. Edward Woodward (The Enforcer) heads up the team playing Harry Malone, while the main action focuses on agents Sam Curtis (British actor Colin Wells), a former member of the British Secret Service, and Chris Keel (Canada's Kal Weber), who is a former US Navy SEAL.

In these politically correct times, the team has been expanded to include a female operative - Tina Backus (another Canadian in the shapely form of Lexa Doig).

It is hard to believe Brian Clemens, who created The Professionals, is responsible for what is such a poor imitation of his popular original. The sort of chemistry that existed between Lewis Collins (Bodie) and Martin Shaw (Doyle) can not be orchestrated, and Clemens' attempt to create it with trite banter only highlights the banal dialogue and the leads' lack of charisma and acting ability.

While no expense has been spared in the production (some of the 13 episodes were filmed in the US and Africa) and it looks good, CI5 is all style and no substance.

It is light-weight entertainment for a quiet Saturday evening, but give me Bodie and Doyle any day.

(C) 1999 Herald and Weekly Times Limited.
SUNDAY HERALD SUN 26/09/1999 P4

 

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