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|Style:||Drama Series, Low Budget|
|Date Joined:||07 April 2009|
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The Professionals consists of a small group of individuals remaking a successful 1980's British television series. While the series is not a direct remake and is not as successful, it has received reasonably good feedback considering the amount of views and visits.
Cast and crewEdit
- Creator of the series
- Actor- plays Doyle, old man and radio announcer
Doyle is the apparent leader of the pair, and appears to be a reasonable shot, non-fatally wounding Malcolme in episode 1, killing Adam's two sidekicks in the second episode, killing Adam (after non-fatally shooting him three times) and in the following episode shooting Brooks in the back of the head. He appears to be a smart thinker and capable driver, though he is only seen driving in the intro and episode 1.
Doyle appears to be the cockier of the two, but is serious when he needs to be. Doyle, until recently, has not taken many wounds until Episode 3, when he was shot in the leg though he recovered quickly.
The Old Man appeared in Episode 3, warning Doyle and Bodie that an assassin is after them. He is good at recording people unawares, as he catches Brooks cutting car brakes and spiking drinks. However, he is discovered after delivering his warning, and is shot at the meeting place he had arranged twice, dying from his wounds. The old man appears to be a pervert, as Bodie and Doyle discover porn on his phone.
The radio announcer is briefly heard for about 20 seconds, announcing the death of the world's best violin player from "hand cancer" and Doyle and Bodie's blaming of the spiking.
Tom W. L.Edit
Role: Actor- plays Bodie
Bodie is the second of the duo, and appears to be the thinker of the pair, though both are reasonably smart. He rightfully distrusts Malcolme in the first episode and manages to alert Doyle of his dire situation in the second episode, but is discovered in the process. He has a habit of performing tricks, when he kicks Adam in the balls in the second episode. Outtakes show Bodie's actor being slammed against a wall by accident and accidentally hurting another cast member.
The first episode claims he has a dislike of Irish gardeners due to his grandfather trying to kill him with a poisoned potato, causing Doyle to claim "I don't want to meet your family". He is apparently very flexible, getting through his house via the catflap.
Role: Actor- plays Malcolme in episode 1, films for second episode and acts for third
Malcolme is the first villain to appear in the series. He is shown as an Irish gardener who shows a reasonable degree of experience when it comes to fixing cars. Bodie distrusts him saying that he is unlikely to tell the truth, but also for other irrelevent reasons. The pair eventually find Malcolme digging at the allotment, and find some cocaine. At this point, Malcolme hurls some soil at them and attempts to make his escape, but is eventually cornered. He tries climbing over a gate, but is non-fatally wounded when Doyle shoots him. He is then arrested. Creator Aaron leto has confirmed Malcolme will not be returning. So far, he is the only enemy of the pair to have been foiled and survived, as all three thugs were killed in the second episode.
While Matt Taylor did not appear in the second episode (aside from the outtakes, in which he can be seen at various points) he did the filming for a lot of the episode. He also filmed for the third episode.
The choking man is a stock character, designed as a way for Brook's first assassination to fail. He drinks the drink which the assassin has spiked and dies. He is referred to as "some bar guy" by his accidental killer.
This man is a supporting villain, but little is known about him, except he has a lot of money. His face is obscured.
Role: Actor- plays "himself" in episode 2.
Adam appears to be a kind of thug in his appearance. He gets together with two other people who successfully plot to kidnap Bodie. Bodie follows a thief who disappears. Adam then knocks out Bodie, who is then tied up and taken to a garage. The thugs offer Bodie a chance to work for them, but he throws it back at them.
After Bodie is found talking to Doyle, a ransom is put up for £50,000 and Bodie is left in the dark. The ransom is not payed and the thugs cannot kill Doyle as their guns are replicas, whereas his is not. Before Bodie can be killed, Doyle opens the garage and shoots Adam, then the other two as they try escaping. Adam is not fatally wounded and tries aiming the gun at Doyle, but is shot again. After he gets up again, he says "You shoot like a girl" before he is shot a final time and dies.
Outtakes for Adam's character are when the cameraman has the door opened in their face by Adam (by accident) and when Tom, Bodie's actor, punches Adam in the stomach for real, though he quickly recovers.
Role: actor- plays Shmusk in episode 2 and paparazzi in Episode 3
Laurence also supplies a load of replicas for the episodes, providing so far an Israeli Desert Eagle, STG-44 German WWII assault rifle and Browning.
Shmusk is a thug working alongside Adam and Maddie in the second episode. He is apparently of Indian heritage. Shmusk leads Bodie into a trap and ties him up, while Adam puts a bag over his head and carries him away. When he gets too noisy, Adam tells him to shut up. He holds Bodie at ransom with the other two, where he accidentally gets the group to reveal their names. He briefly speaks with an English accent, but then speaks with an Indian one for the rest of his appearance. Shmusk attempts to escape when Adam is shot the first time with Maddie, but the pair are shot when leaving.
The paparazzi man reports for an unknown radio station and accompanies his friend to report on the scene, but the pair are caught. Here, he reveals he is gay, much to Bodie's surprise (while Bodie is not a homophobe, it is likely he suddenly feels uncomfortable restraining the man), before the pair are allowed to leave.
Role: actor- plays "herself" in episode 2 and paparazzi in Episode 3
Maddie is one of three thugs who get together to kidnap Bodie. She is one of the two thugs who get Bodie trapped, and is apparently good at escaping as she is able to evade Doyle and get back to the garage. However, it is revealed that the thugs are ultimately a tad incompetent, not guarding Bodie and allowing him to phone for help- something which leads to the trio's death. They also try threatening him with replicas, but he spots this and manages to scare them off. She dies with Shmusk when she tries escaping.
Little is known about her, except she is Italian. Doyle thinks she has cut his car brakes, but the claim is false. She only appears for about half a minute.
Role: actor- plays assassin in episode 3 Online support- runs Facebook club and promotes series
The assassin, AKA Brooks, is a Scottish assassin working for a presently unknown employer. He is the deadliest enemy faced so far in the series, killing two people and badly wounding Doyle. He is a good shot with his assault rifle, killing the Old Man and wounding Doyle via a leg shot. He has a short temper, which almost compromises his first attempt (which fails anyway due to the choking man). His methods vary, from cutting car brakes (the effect of which we do not see) to attempting to snipe them. He dies from a shot to the back of the head and his body is dumped outside by Bodie.
While his name is not mentioned, co-creator Walden-Levy and Brook's actor came up with the name offscreen.
The episode begins with Doyle working out, but being interrupted by his phone ringing (the ringtone is from the original series) for a new job. Bodie is also woken up to respond to the job, and both meet up at a phone booth. Their boss calls the pair who proceed to be informed about Malcolme, a person suspected to be a local drug smuggler. They take the train to Cheddington, finding a car left for them, and drive to meet Malcolme. They find him working on an old car, though he claims nothing is wrong.
Bodie is doubtful that Malcolme is telling the truth and the pair meet up with him at the allotment, where he says that he hasn't seen much around this place, though he has been digging over something for some reason. Unfortunately, he hasn't been digging over it well enough and Bodie and Doyle find the packet- which they confirm as cocaine. Malcolme then hurls soil at them before escaping from the allotment and running away. Doyle takes the car while Bodie chases the smuggler on foot, and eventually Malcolme finds his escape route blocked off. He tries climbing over a gate, but Doyle non-fatally shoots him and Malcolme is arrested, ending the episode.
After the viewer is informed of a bank robbery, the scene cuts to Bodie and Doyle chasing two crooks, and the two split up. Bodie ends up finding the thug he is pursuing, but is quikcly tied up and taken away. The thugs offer Bodie a chance to join them, but it is thrown back in their faces. Bodie manages to call Doyle, but is discovered, kicked over and left in the dark.
Doyle meets with the three bandits, told he needs to give in £50,000 to see Bodie alive. They all meet him the next day, demanding he pay the money. They raise their guns, but they are revealed to be replicas while Doyle's gun is very much real (in the series, though the gun in the series is a replica in reality). The thugs are told to piss off and reluctantly do so. They return to Bodie and are about to slit his throat, but Doyle arrives and opens the garage door, shooting Adam. His two friends try escaping, but die as they are shot down. Adam is not completely killed, and two more shots finish him off. Doyle helps Bodie up, and the episode ends.
The episode was completed on the 21st of June.
Filming began on the 5th of June, however bad weather and other delays meant the episode was not quite finished. Bodie's actor was also away from his normal residence for about 5 days, meaning filming couldn't continue until he got back. Plotlines were further complicated after the replica sniper rifle originally meant for the assassin's use required repairs, and the rifle replacement had been borrowed two weeks later in order to kill some pigeons. The assassin's final weapon of choice is a German World War II-era assault rifle. The episode took two weeks to film, plus a few more weeks to prepare. It is the longest episode so far, uploaded in two parts (with a separate video for outtakes).
A meeting between the assassin and his employer shows that Bodie and Doyle are his prime targets. He is given a case of money and leaves.
At a pub, Doyle brings out a glass of water for himself, and one for Bodie. When they are not looking, the assassin spikes their drinks and takes a seat not far away. Doyle keeps pausing before he actually gets close to drinking the water, asking if he saw a recent sports game, what time ASDA shuts, and is about to stop a third time before the frustrated assassin nearly blows his cover by shouting "Drink the bloody drink already!" However, he is ignored and the two are about to drink before a man begins choking, and good-naturedly, the pair give him their drinks- which have been spiked. They leave, saying "There's too much drama here", and the man dies not long after. On the phone to his employer, he is given one last chance to take them out.
Back at their house, Doyle and Bodie are waiting at home and sorting out their guns, listening to a radio broadcast, which reveals they have been accused of killing the man who died yesterday. Two reporters are trying to get to the scene of the crime, but are chased and caught by the two cops. Doyle asks one if they sabotaged his car's breaks, at which point the pair are revealed as paparazzi, one of whom is gay. They claim they have not damaged the car, and the pair let them go. They leave for a different pub.
Before they can get drinks, they run into an old man who reveals somebody is trying to kill them. He shows footage of Doyle's car having its brakes cut and a clip of the pair's drinks being spiked (by watching this they also stumble across some porn on his phone). Doyle and Bodie agree to meet up with him later at the Wick. Unfortunately, the assassin has discovered that the old man knows what he's doing and says he'll sort them out.
The next day, Doyle and Bodie are on their way to meet him, but they hear two gunshots and rush to the forest, where they discover the old man on some plants, dead. Before they can move, Doyle is shot in the leg and the pair take cover behind some trees. Bodie rushes into the house (getting in via the catflap) and manages to distract the assassin long enough for Doyle to shoot him in the head. His body is then dumped outside.