have recently been watching and, believe
it or not, enjoying CI5: The New Professionals
and wish to know more about the cast of
the series. I know about Edward Woodward
(who plays Malone), but would like to
know more about the actors who play Curtis,
Keel and particularly Backus. Are there
any plans for a new series or was the
series so badly, and unfairly, criticised
that the creators have given up on the
show? Also, was there any reason given
as to why Curtis and Keel didn't have
an identifiable car such as the famous
Ford Capri owned by Bodie and Doyle? I
don't think it would have been stretching
credibility that much to have given them
a Cougar or Puma, or even a Probe.
Owen, Merthyr Tydfil - by e-mail.
wanting to do things by half, Memory Alpha
tracked down Brian Clemens - the creator
of the original Bodie and Doyle Professionals
and the executive producer of the 90s
update - at his home in Bedfordshire,
we had the following conversation:
Alpha: Is there going to be a second
series of CI5?
Clemens: We're not sure yet. Possibly.
So you're talking to people, are you?
I'm not the financier. The financier is
David Wickes, he would have the answers
to those things more readily than I can.
But you've not given up?
(as if the very suggestion was preposterous)
Was there any reason Curtis and Keel didn't
have an identifiable car?
No, not really. I think that the company
did deals with car manufacturers. You
usually use the car they give you. So
that's the answer to that one.
went on to say that he's just finished
"a thing" for ITV company Carlton,
about the homeless and he may be doing
another series for the BBC, and is due
to hear back from them in about a month's
for the actors: Lexa Doig (Backus) is
Canadian - from Toronto. You may also
know her as Cowgirl from the Tekwar
series. The actress has a lot of film
work under her belt, from the most recent
movies The Tracker, Teen Sorcery,
Code Name Phoenix and The Unconcerned
to parts in Jungleground, Baby
on Board and Psycho Girls.
Her tv movies are Face Down, Joe
Torre: Curveballs Along the Way, ...First
Do No Harm and While My Pretty
One Sleeps. She guest starred in two
episodes of Traders and made a
brief appearance in a 1993 episode of
Ready or Not. I have her age as 28,
but with no details of her birthday, this
information could now be out of date.
Webber (Keel) is said to be 29 years old
and has had small roles in Taggart,
Soldier Soldier, Painted Lady
and the films Hackers, Men with
Guns and Nervous Energy. He's
now moved to Los Angeles and has set up
his own company, Ironwood Pictures.
Wells (Curtis)'s age is given as 36 and
he's said to be a fan of the original
series (or could that just be good PR?).
Perhaps his best known role is as Martius
in the film Titus Andronicus. He
has also had roles in British tv series
such as Mr Bean, Peak Practice,
Medics, The Bill and Casualty
as well as lots of roles in the theatre.
In the States, he was in an episode of
Cheers in 1982 and has a small
voice part in the manic cartoon series
2000 - TV Zone)