B02 The Rack
Writer: Brian Clemens
Director: Peter Medak
Original Broadcast: UK: 14.10.1978
Episode Availability: DVD: UK Video: UK
Novelisation: The Professionals 4: Hunter Hunted by Ken Blake [0 7221 1727 2]
CI5 Agent William Bodie · Lewis Collins
CI5 Controller George Cowley · Gordon Jackson
CI5 Agent Raymond Doyle · Martin Shaw
CI5 Agent Benny · Trevor Adams
John Coogan · Michael Billington
Parker · Ken Campbell
Paul Coogan · Christopher Ellison
Geraldine Mather · Lisa Harrow
McKay · James Hayes
David Merlin · Robert James
Vicar · Robert Lankesheer
Judge Hall · Cyril Luckham
Doctor · Athar Malik
Frank Williams · Peter Marinker
Carter · Jonty Miller
Reporter · Michael Mundell
Big Man · Charles Pemberton
Jill · Dawn Rodrigues
Minister · Allan Surtees
Lorna · Jenny Lee Wright
After a suspect being held by CI5 is killed apparently by Doyle, a public enquiry is ordered and an influential lawyer calls for CI5 to be disbanded. Cowley has a tough fight on his hands to save the organisation.
Geraldine Mather: "William Andrew Philip Bodie..."
Bodie: "Yeah. All the princes. I was such a regal looking baby."
Geraldine Mather: "You left school at fourteen?"
Bodie: "Yeah, there was nothing more they could teach me."
Judge Hall: "Just answer the questions, Mister Bodie."
Bodie: "Yes, sir. Sorry, I'm just naturally jocular, it's my Liverpool-Irish background."
Geraldine Mather: "Your chief talent is dealing with death, violence, mayhem. How many men have you killed, Mister Bodie?"
Bodie: "I can't remember."
Geraldine Mather: "You can't remember?"
Bodie: "If you throw a grenade into the bush how do you know how many guys you kill? In the jungle.. ."
Geraldine Mather: "The jungle! Yes, I think that's where you belong!"
Cowley: "I founded this organisation. But I didn't — you did, society did... I wish to God you would make my job and my organisation redundant. I wish you would make the streets clean again. I wish you would give every man the right to be and to feel safe again. But that's not to be, not yet. Until then you need us. Like it or not you need CI5."
Cowley: "One man died and you want to close down the whole hospital... because that's what we are: the surgeons. A messy and sometimes bloody job and, yes, the knives are sharp. We have to operate quickly — and even clumsily on occasion — to cut out the disease. The disease hurts but so does the surgeon's knife! Which would you prefer?"