The Professionals (1977–1983)
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The Acorn Syndrome 

After two hired guns have been shot following a hostage situation CI5 discovers that they rang the Apex arms factory and that Apex employee John Copeland is being blackmailed into copying ... See full summary »

Director:

Martin Campbell

Writers:

Brian Clemens (creator), John Kruse
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gordon Jackson ... George Cowley
Martin Shaw ... Doyle
Lewis Collins ... Bodie
Michael Craig ... Guthrie
Ronald Hines ... Copeland
Lynda La Plante ... Viv Copeland (as Lynda Marchal)
Ian Redford ... Lucas
Alun Lewis Alun Lewis ... McCabe
Oona Kirsch Oona Kirsch ... Sandy Copeland
Kate Dorning Kate Dorning ... Nancy
John Michael McCarthy John Michael McCarthy ... Insp. Grainger
Nigel Humphreys Nigel Humphreys ... Joe
Stewart Harwood Stewart Harwood ... Sam
Gennie Nevinson Gennie Nevinson ... Eva
Sean Chapman ... Coleman
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After two hired guns have been shot following a hostage situation CI5 discovers that they rang the Apex arms factory and that Apex employee John Copeland is being blackmailed into copying plans for a new tank and handing them over to a group of East German agents. The Professionals stalk the gang to a remote farmhouse where the girl is being held in readiness for a shoot-out. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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When Doyle reverses the blue horse lorry after visiting the first suspect house on his list, the camera crew can be seen reflected in the van's side window. See more »

Quotes

Bodie: Don't look back!
Doyle: Why not?
Bodie: Cowley - he'll turn you into a pillar of salt!
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The Acorn Syndrome
29 March 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Bodie & Doyle are just going about doing their daily business such as buying a new desk for Cowley.

Luck would have it that they end up chasing two bad guys that escalate into a hostage situation. Worse, they have to tell Cowley that they smashed his desk lost his drawers during the chase.

The hostage scenario is resolved but the two bad guys were killed by two suspicious men driving away in a BMW. They surely must be East Germans.

What Bodie & Doyle discover than an employee from an arms factory is forced to hand over plans for a new project as his daughter has been kidnapped.

A rather violent but exciting opener to the fourth series. The episodes directed by Martin Campbell always seemed to have an extra oomph. The banter between the two leads is as efficient as German engineering.

If the ultimate bad guys were East Germans they would be driving a Trabant!


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7 September 1980 (UK) See more »

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