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The Professionals

Season 1 Episode 1

Private Madness, Public Danger

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Dec 30, 1977 on ITV
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Episode Summary

Private Madness, Public Danger
Charles Nesbitt, an expert on chemical weapons, threatens to contaminate the water sources of London with a lethal hallucogenic drug and in order to back up his claims, plans several small 'demonstrations' in warning to the local authorities - including CI5.

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  • Take this show for what it is - 1970s tv at it's finest

    The Professionals has taken a bum rap over the years with people going on about how sexist it was etc etc but you have to forget that. It was a product of it's times and actually the show stands up pretty well all things considered.

    This episode has some great shots of London and the three main actors are all fab. Gordon Jackson is especially fine as the ascerbic George Cowley. Yes, the episode is highly implausible but does that really matter and is it any less believable than an episode of 24 where JB single handedly saves the world again and again and again?

    Bodie and Doyle are your stereotypic cops. Tough men who would have been cowboys in the old West. It's easy to see why this show was such a huge hit when it aired.moreless
Keith Barron

Keith Barron


Guest Star

Donald Douglas

Donald Douglas


Guest Star

Di Trevis

Di Trevis

Susan Fenton

Guest Star

Bridget Brice

Bridget Brice


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When they head into Mr Harvey's office, Bodie and Doyle meet some of the senior staff - including the main chemical analyst Mr Cummings. Harvey says Cummings will be able to test for the ADX substance and picks up the phone as if to call him - when he is already in the room!

    • Nesbitt walks past a sign saying 'World Chemical Products Sports and Social Club' whilst on the way to the reservoir, but the sign misspells the word secretary.

    • Why didn't anyone try to stop Ted Miller from heading over to the window when he'd been poisoned? Anyone could see the bloke was hallucinating and a danger if left near sharp objects or the edge of a tall building!

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Cowley: Bodie, Doyle. Hold on a moment. World Chemical Products. Man just fell out of a seventh-storey window.
      Doyle: That's police business.
      Cowley: He jumped.
      Bodie: That's his business.
      Cowley: Somebody had slipped him a drug: him and half the staff there.
      Bodie and Doyle: Well, thats Drug Squad business.
      Cowley: What are you two, some kind of music hall act?
      Bodie: Whatever we are, you made us!
      Doyle: Ta-da!

  • NOTES (4)

    • Versions of this episode shown overseas contain scenes showing Susan shooting up, using a needle she has sterilised with a lighter belonging to Nesbitt. In the UK, these scenes were cut from the episode before it was broadcast.

    • 'The Black Bull', the pub where Nesbitt first injects the ADX into the beer pumps, is actually called 'The Red Cow' in real life!

    • This is one of the few episodes from the entire series to contain the introductory voiceover by Gordon Jackson as Cowley.

    • Despite being the first episode to be screened, it was not the first one to be filmed but was chosen ahead of Old Dog With New Tricks as the opening episode.