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The Professionals

The Professionals (1977)

35 mistakes

Genres: Action, Crime

Killer With a Long Arm - S1-E4

Continuity mistake: When the motorcycle cop is shot, there is initially no blood on the car door - we don't see this until we cut to a close-up.

Look After Annie - S1-E12

Continuity mistake: The hitmen are shown into a door marked '3' by Stanley - but in the next shot this number has suddenly changed to '1'

Look After Annie - S1-E12

Continuity mistake: Bodie's jacket changes between arresting Howard and showing him in to Cowley's office.

Look After Annie - S1-E12

Continuity mistake: There is a scene of Doyle passing out in the van, but then the camera switches to a shot from Stanley's position, during which we see Doyle slump over for a second time.

Look After Annie - S1-E12

Continuity mistake: Watch closely during the 'Cowley and a woman' sequence: Bodie and Doyle are travelling in the Capri, but halfway through the scene, it cuts to a shot of a yellow Ford Granada - which gives away the fact the some of the footage was 'lifted' from the earlier episode 7 ("Close Quarters").

Look After Annie - S1-E12

Other mistake: Despite breaking his arm, Doyle still seems able to use his broken arm to punch one of the villains.

Long Shot - S1-E11

Plot hole: Surely it would have made more sense for CI5 to have contacted the demolition team at the girl's hideout, instead of dodging crashing materials and great big demolition balls, ready to smash them to pieces at any moment. (However, this would not have made for as exciting a scene as Bodie and Doyle risking their lives to save the female in distress).

Long Shot - S1-E11

Continuity mistake: When Bodie and Doyle race back upstairs, once they realise Ramos is in the building, Cowley's office seems to have magically moved as they go to a completely different door.

Long Shot - S1-E11

Continuity mistake: When Bodie and Doyle escort Harbinger to the airport, they use a brown Rover P6. On returning, they drive back in a completely different car - a white Triumph Dolomite.

Long Shot - S1-E11

Factual error: Ramos uses a bolt-action rifle in the tower. Such a weapon cannot deliver three shots in rapid succession, as the bolt has to be manually pulled between each shot.

Long Shot - S1-E11

Continuity mistake: The unfortunate rat is plainly suffering from rigor mortis when Ramos places it on the electric fence, yet becomes notably more supple in Cowley's hands when he picks it up.

Stakeout - S1-E10

Factual error: The bomb-disposal Major wears the badge of a Royal Engineer soldier, depicting laurel leaves. This is incorrect - the correct design should be one of a flaming grenade.

Stakeout - S1-E10

Continuity mistake: Towards the end of this episode, the helicopter is getting battered with rain, yet it is perfectly dry on the ground.

Stakeout - S1-E10

Continuity mistake: When we first see Pamela Stephenson, she appears to have crimped hair - yet in all her later scenes her hair is perfectly straight.

When the Heat Cools Off - S1-E9

Plot hole: One glaringly obvious script blunder is that the murder of Fitch and Parker is supposed to have taken place "six years previously" (in the summer of 1971, the date established the pre-title sequence) yet Haydon has been in prison for "seven years and five months" according to his daughter. This makes no sense, unless the viewer is to assume that the "present day" sections of the story take place in early 1979. (The episode was first broadcast in February 1978).

When the Heat Cools Off - S1-E9

Plot hole: The chronology of this episode makes no sense at all in places. For example, the pre-titles sequence makes it clear that it is the summer of 1971, and Doyle mentions to his sergeant that CI5 is being set up. Yet series creator Brian Clemens' own writer's guide specifically stipulated that the CI5 wasn't even conceived until November 1971.

When the Heat Cools Off - S1-E9

Factual error: The pre-titles sequence makes reference to "the long hot summer of '71". Yet the trees that are visible in this scene are bare - which betrays the fact that this episode was, in fact, filmed in the winter (November 1977 to be exact).

Everest Was Also Conquered - S1-E8

Plot hole: Bodie says that Cowley had ordered him and Doyle to stay away from Turvey before CI5 operative Tony Miller was killed. In fact it was AFTER Miller was assassinated.

Everest Was Also Conquered - S1-E8

Plot hole: It is stated that Susie was pushed from a ninth storey window, yet when Bodie and Doyle investigate room 96, they only appear to be four or five storeys up.

Close Quarters - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: In the boat scenes, the blood initially visible on Bodie's bandage later inexplicably disappears.

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Trivia

This, the first ever episode of the series, was first broadcast on ITV on December 30th 1977. It was repeated on ITV in 1979. Some time after this, a cut was made, which has endured on all subsequent UK TV transmissions: Just prior to the title sequence, we see Nesbitt hand Susan some drugs. In the original broadcast we then see Susan tightening her belt around her arm. Using Nesbitt's cigarette lighter to sterilise a needle, she then "shoots up" (injects the drugs in her arm). The excision may have come about because of a tightening up of censorship rules by the Independent Broadcasting Authority about the explicit use of illegal drugs on TV. However, the missing segment has been restored for the 2002 DVD release.

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