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28 March 2011  |  Written by Ali Plumb  

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The ‘70s saw many bad TV shows, and a few good ones. In the good column, there’s M*A*S*H, Little House On The Prairie, The Sweeney, and… The Professionals. And now, The Professionals is to live again – in cinemas.

Now you might have seen that coming, what with this being a movie website (and, you know, the title of the post and all) but with the success of Sweeney-alike Life On Mars and, of course, the modern incarnation of Starsky and Hutch, it’s almost surprisingly no-one’s got a hold of the rights for the CI5’s tales already.

Lionsgate UK are the men with the plan, with Callum McDougall and Richard Whelan producing – who’ve previously been behind the two most recent Bond outings, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.

The story will of course revolve around ex-Spec Ops Mercenary Bodie (originally the uber-bouffanted Martin Shaw) and Counter Terrorism Detective Doyle (Richard Whelan), their burgeoning bromance, love of breaking the rules, and the general origin story of their roles in the British Security Unit CI5.

The late 1970s TV hit is looked back on with a lot of fondness, so we’re praying no-one gets riled up by the casting – whenever that takes shape. When it does, of course, you’ll be the first to know. Okay, not the first. One of the first few. There, that’s fair. 


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professionals cast
please! dont even consider jason stratham as a professional ,a bad guy yes but nothing else i am a huge fan of the show and it is in a class of its own the way it portrayed a fictional intelligance service and characters with such reallity was and is pure class and it was also done with humour with a moral message so please get it right ,my idea;s for the cast are as follows ,Bodie -maybe clive owen,jude law,Gerard butler ,Domonic west....and Cowley has got to be Michael cane ,or liam neeson,Bil More

Posted by andy45 at 18:56 on 20 August 2011 | Report This Post

Seriously, all you had to do to get the names right was go on wikipedia or IMDB. What do you guys do in the office all day? More

Posted by Lidhead at 14:47 on 30 March 2011 | Report This Post

wrong
Er yeah. Martin Shaw = Ray Doyle, Lewis Collins = William Bodie (hates first name always uses last name), Gordon Jackson = George Cowley. More

Posted by clairepagan at 17:23 on 29 March 2011 | Report This Post

not to be freakishly nerdy, but Doyle (not Bodie) was played by Martin Shaw and Bodie was Lewis Collins, and not the producer which you mentioned in the previous paragraph... More

Posted by pavel nedved at 13:18 on 29 March 2011 | Report This Post


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