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[*] posted on 23-3-2012 at 07:53 AM
Heads Up: CI5: The New Professionals on Movies4Men


Many here will never have had the chance to see this, but the Professionals reboot starring Edward Woodward and, er, two other blokes, starts a run on Movies4Men this afternoon at 3:30.
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[*] posted on 23-3-2012 at 09:20 AM


Just looked at their web site and Men & Movies have been showing this daily at 18.00 since Monday. I have just set my Sky + for this afternoon and all next week. Thanks for the heads up, I haven't see this since 1999 when Sky aired it.



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[*] posted on 23-3-2012 at 11:16 AM


Cheers! Have never seen this. Hopefully they'll rerun the early episodes that they've shown Monday-Thursday too.



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[*] posted on 23-3-2012 at 12:25 PM


Madman Entertainment will be releasing the complete series in August on DVD in Australia/NZ. Just working on the commentaries and bonus material now.

Great to be able to finally make this available after years of trying.




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[*] posted on 23-3-2012 at 03:08 PM


My memory is that this is legendarily awful, to the extent that Sky - which normally repeats the hell out of anything it buys in - showed it once and then couldn't bury it fast enough. Similar deal to the similarly-legendarily-awful (and similarly-hyped) The Strangerers.

I remember that Sky pre-promoted it like the Second Coming, and I think I watched the first one and couldn't believe how bad it was. My opinions seemed to tally with the general online response.
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[*] posted on 23-3-2012 at 03:15 PM


That's the one. I never got to the end of the series first time round, but I recall the casting of the two leads just didn't work, to the extent that it became the Edward Woodward show, so much were the writers favouring his character.
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[*] posted on 23-3-2012 at 03:29 PM


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My memory is that this is legendarily awful, to the extent that Sky - which normally repeats the hell out of anything it buys in - showed it once and then couldn't bury it fast enough. Similar deal to the similarly-legendarily-awful (and similarly-hyped) The Strangerers.

I remember that Sky pre-promoted it like the Second Coming, and I think I watched the first one and couldn't believe how bad it was. My opinions seemed to tally with the general online response.

This is so long ago but I don't recall the show being that bad. Definitely not like the original, but passable. Mind you I never did get through the entire series for some reason.

I recall The Strangerers too. One of the most unfunny sitcoms ever. This was gawdawful.




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[*] posted on 23-3-2012 at 03:54 PM


I found a typical clip on YouTube that reminded me of how bloody awful CI5:TNP was. It's saying something when Sky decides it's not worth repeating and no other broadcaster decides it's worth picking up even as a filler (well, until now).
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[*] posted on 23-3-2012 at 04:03 PM


I recall this morning's episode, Tusk Force, being particularly grim (and not in a good way). Hostage, which is on Wiki as episode four, is very good - episode one, Back to Business is on tomorrow at 12:30. Don't hold your breath, it's rubbish!
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[*] posted on 23-3-2012 at 07:48 PM


I've alweays enjoyed this series and never took it too seriously. I will be ordering the Madman set when it becomes available.
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[*] posted on 23-3-2012 at 08:57 PM


It certainly isn't as bad as it's made out to be - a couple of dodgy episodes; but on the whole a well produced series, which I have currently researched as I have a chapter on it in my 'second edition' Pros book.

I too, will be getting the 'Madman' series and hope it will be packed with extras and commentaries from David Wickes himself, whom I always found very helpful and knowledgeable.

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[*] posted on 23-3-2012 at 11:36 PM


Didn't David Wickes also produce the Jack The Ripper mini series starring Michael Caine? That was a fabulous period
piece which I find to be one of the best tv productions that I've seen.
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[*] posted on 23-3-2012 at 11:36 PM


The one episode that gives me the creeps is the one where the guy wakes up in a bathtub and one of his organs has been cut out.
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[*] posted on 24-3-2012 at 10:12 AM


Interestingly, CI5 is being shown in 16:9 format, and looks fine. Does anyone know if it was shot in widescreen?
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[*] posted on 24-3-2012 at 12:38 PM


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Does anyone know if it was shot in widescreen?

I'd be surprised if it wasn't. To have shot a (supposedly) major drama series in 4:3 in 1999, a year after the introduction of digital widescreen, would have been a rather strange production decision.
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[*] posted on 24-3-2012 at 06:54 PM


Back to Business today was shown in 4:3 in a quite poor quality transfer, and had at least one scene cut (the dream sequence flashback of Keel's wedding).

Still, it is so far shaping up to be a slightly better show than I remembered.
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[*] posted on 24-3-2012 at 07:12 PM


There's an, er, rather interesting website about this series. In my foggy state this morning I thought it was just an episode guide etc but it's a bit more slashy than that and easily Googled ...

I watched a couple of episodes. It's very much about Woodward, isn't it?




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[*] posted on 25-3-2012 at 10:55 AM


Interesting that people are saying things like 'the episode that was on this morning', etc... My Freesat EPG is only showing the 6.00pm showings...



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[*] posted on 26-3-2012 at 07:14 AM


I've just figured that one out, Alan. I've been watching the episodes on Movies4Men (sky digital channel 323), whereas the 6pm screenings are on its sister channel Men & Movies, on channel 228.
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[*] posted on 26-3-2012 at 08:08 AM


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My memory is that this is legendarily awful


Your memory is excellent as it was poor in my opinion.

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I remember that Sky pre-promoted it like the Second Coming, and I think I watched the first one and couldn't believe how bad it was. My opinions seemed to tally with the general online response.


Couldn't wait to see it, video recorder at the ready...but it really was crap. Even Woodward couldn't save it and the naff attempts at jokey humour just made me cringe even more.
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[*] posted on 26-3-2012 at 08:22 AM


Me and the other half still quote one of the more egregiously absurd lines, delivered in furious deadpan by Woodward: "If it's an international matter it's a CI5 matter"
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[*] posted on 26-3-2012 at 08:30 AM


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I've just figured that one out, Alan. I've been watching the episodes on Movies4Men (sky digital channel 323), whereas the 6pm screenings are on its sister channel Men & Movies, on channel 228.


Ah... I see. I normally pay 95% of the channels on Freesat scant attention. Had no idea there were two lots of channels.

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[*] posted on 26-3-2012 at 05:59 PM


Saw my first episode ever today. First and last. Awful. Truly.
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[*] posted on 27-3-2012 at 09:37 AM


Just for info, it was most certainly made 16:9 and was shown in that format on Men & Movies yesterday. Maybe Movies4men is only 4:3?
Here is a comparison of M&M and the Sky1 screening. Not exactly the same frame, but you get the idea...

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http://i1156.photobucket.com/albums/p579/andymarriott/MM.jpg





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[*] posted on 27-3-2012 at 06:40 PM


Lexa Doig.

'Nuff said.




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[*] posted on 27-3-2012 at 08:47 PM


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Lexa Doig.

'Nuff said.


I'm not even sure HOW you say it!




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[*] posted on 28-3-2012 at 12:59 AM


No idea actually. Doyg? Doe-ig? Any ideas?



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[*] posted on 30-3-2012 at 09:24 PM


If there is to be an Australian DVD release can I urge anyone who fancies watching this series to wait for it. The episodes on Men & Movies are heavily sanitized. The tone of some episodes, not to mention the sense, is completely altered by the removal of anything slightly violent, and this on a channel for MEN!

Plus the audio (on ep 1, haven't checked others) is heavily and badly compressed and it is mono!

Always hoping that the DVD will not be similarly hacked up. Over to you Grant T....




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[*] posted on 30-3-2012 at 10:39 PM


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If there is to be an Australian DVD release can I urge anyone who fancies watching this series to wait for it. The episodes on Men & Movies are heavily sanitized. The tone of some episodes, not to mention the sense, is completely altered by the removal of anything slightly violent, and this on a channel for MEN!
Metrosexual men, presumably. There was always something about Bodie and Doyle... anyone heard the vocal version of the 70s/80s theme tune? "You and me... we do things together, we do them right!"...



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[*] posted on 4-4-2012 at 05:11 PM


Come on Grant T tell us your DVD release is complete, 16x9 and stereo....



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[*] posted on 5-4-2012 at 07:05 AM


Hi interested parties,

Only just took delivery of the masters but can confirm they are 16:9 as we originally asked those versions be sent - along with requesting uncut ones!

At this stage can only go by the VT running sheets as we have not encoded anything, but they are mostly just above the 48:00 min mark, with a couple just under.

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[*] posted on 6-4-2012 at 09:58 AM


Sounds promising. TX'd ep 1 runs 46'28
Perhaps when you get chance to view the first episode (Back to business) you can have a quick check that the first scene is uncut...

A dirty bomb is being tested in a bunker. In the full version we see the bomb explode and the shrapnel cut the room to shreds. In the recent TX'd version the explosion is only seen as a fireball on a tv monitor.

The second scene after the titles is a kidnap ransom payment. Our heroes burst in on a train and a gun battle ensues. In the m4m TX'd version there is no gun battle, hardly a shot!

Thanks Grant, hope the release goes well.




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