The Professionals - 80s TV Series

Firstly, the video clip features the opening titles to the show - how long ago was it when you last heard that theme tune?

Created by Brian Clemens, The Professionals was the UK's answer to Starsky and Hutch (sort of, anyway!) and ran for five series (57 episodes) between 1977 and 1983.

Produced by London Weekend Television (LWT) and Avengers MK1 Productions, the crime drama's main characters were Cowley (Gordon Jackson), Bodie (Lewis Collins) and Doyle (Martin Shaw).

Cowley was and ex-British Army Major and MI5 agent, and the founder and head of CI5. He was also Bodie and Doyle's boss. Bodie was a former paratrooper and SAS soldier, and Doyle (who can forget that bubble perm hairstyle?) was a former detective constable.

Cars used during the five series were mainly Fords, although in series one a range of British Leyland and Triumphs were used. In series 2-5 a silver Ford Capri 3.0s was driven by Bodie and in series 4 and 5 a gold Capri was driven by Doyle. Cowley usually drove a Ford Granada. An Escort RS2000 and Cortina also made an appearance in certain episodes.

But what I remember most about the series was actually the theme music. This was created by composer and bandleader Laurie Johnson, who actually entered the UK singles chart in 1961 with a song entitled Sucu Sucu, which was the theme to the TV series Top Secret. He went on to compose no less than fifty theme tunes and scores, including The Avengers and New Avengers. 

Laurie Johnson entered the singles chart again in 1997 with the theme music from The Professionals and this peaked in the UK Singles Chart at #36 in May 1997. However, this wasn't a solo effort, and was with the The London Big Band (which he formed) who he has been touring with since 1997.

The Professionals Annual 1978

The Professionals Annual 1978