The Professionals

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.

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Look After Annie - S1-E12

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

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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'

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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.

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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").

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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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Close Quarters - S1-E7

Other mistake: When Bodie, Julie and Myer reach the vicarage, an editing blunder seems to show the door opening twice.

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Close Quarters - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: During the car chase scene, the red Audi very briefly becomes left-hand drive. Obviously the film got accidentally reversed for that shot, and no-one noticed the error.

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Where the Jungle Ends - S1-E6

Continuity mistake: In the scene where the trio are chasing Krivas' lorry, notice that the seat headrests in the Rover keep disappearing and reappearing between shots.

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Where the Jungle Ends - S1-E6

Plot hole: When Krivas threatens to shoot Benny, the pistol's slide is locked in the open position, which indicates that the pistol is either out of cartridges, or a cartridge (or cartridge case) has jammed within the pistol and so cannot be fired. This makes any threats to shoot a bluff.

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Where the Jungle Ends - S1-E6

Continuity mistake: In the opening scene at the airport, a wall calendar reveals it is 27th July (which could have been the real date on which it was shot - 27th July 1977), yet after the bank robbery, the newspaper headline claims that the date is 23rd November.

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Where the Jungle Ends - S1-E6

Continuity mistake: When the RAF planes are scrambled to intercept Krivas' plane, they keep swapping between Harriers and Jaguars. Also, the landscape keeps switching between lowlands and mountainous regions. (This is probably due to the show's producers using 'stock footage' taken from RAF Training films, supplied to them by the UK Ministry of Defence).

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Heroes - S1-E5

Continuity mistake: Various scenes in Cowley's office throw up numerable continuity problems such as lighting levels, the buttons on Bodie's shirt and Bodie briefly undergoes a change of hairstyle. All this seems to underline the suspicion that the episode underwent a lot of re-shooting several weeks or months after the original filming, and that the finished scene was "cobbled together" from various shots filmed weeks or months apart.

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Heroes - S1-E5

Continuity mistake: There is something very strange about the filming of this episode. Scenes such as that of the newly-weds in the hotel grounds were shot during summer, while others such as the truck driver being gunned down involve bare trees and actors' breath visible, so obviously filmed many weeks later. Also, the drive-by shooting at Mr May's (the old chap with the dog) and subsequent arrival of a CI5 squad car arriving are two scenes that were filmed months apart: in the latter the trees look noticeably barer than when the villains' car roared past.

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Killer With a Long Arm - S1-E4

Continuity mistake: In several shots of the tower block, Cowley can see the business end of the rifle jutting out through the balcony, yet from Bodie's angle it is housed completely inside the apartment.

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Killer With a Long Arm - S1-E4

Factual error: The assassination attempt takes place on Wimbledon Finals Day, yet there seem to be other matches going on at the same time, which doesn't happen when the final's occurring.

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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.

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Heroes - S1-E5

Plot hole: The scene of old Mr May coming under fire and that of the CI5 back-up squad were filmed outside different houses (although in the same street).

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Heroes - S1-E5

Continuity mistake: When Tommy questions the loading-bay worker, we see him close the black Capri's door. When he returns to the car a second later, the door is open again.

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Private Madness, Public Danger - S1-E1

Character mistake: On Nesbitt's arrival at the reservoir in the pre-title sequence, the camera pans past a sign announcing "World Chemical Products Sports and Social Club". The sign misspells the word "secretary"

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Private Madness, Public Danger - S1-E1

Plot hole: When Bodie and Doyle arrive at World Chemical Products, they meet some of the senior staff in Mr Harvey's office. Revealing that chief chemical analyst Mr Cummings would be able to test the vending machines for the ADX Poison, Harvey appears to pick up the telephone to talk to Cummings, despite the fact he is stood in the very same office.

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Old Dog With New Tricks - S1-E3

Continuity mistake: According to Bodie, Turkel's mob have made off with .44-calibre Webley revolvers and Armalite rifles, yet the villains use Brownings, Colts and British Army SLRs in the subsequent siege.

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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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