Post by jno on Aug 14, 2015 7:35:09 GMT
This is "the bottle episode" that David Wickes talks about in the commentary on the DVD set - the one that saves them a lot of money as it is all filmed indoors, allowing more money to be spent on other episodes.
Just like in the original series we get some sort clips of CI5 off duty and being called in for 'an emergency', where they are asked to perform an SAS style operation which is great.
Sadly though, the plot in this one seems too implausible to me.
Plot: an Albanian politician Eliz Risha (played very well by Denis Lill I have to add) is taken hostage at Teddington TV Studios by a rebel group who put him on live trial transmitted across the world for crimes he committed back in Albania. Now then, in any normal situation like this surely "the feed" to the world would be pulled off-air in moments and I found the whole thing difficult to believe to be honest. As the CI5 team take up their positions, Malone is working hard to ensure that this remains an exclusive CI5 operation without interference from both the government (concerned about the whole thing turning into an embarrassment) and local police and who are working on a different set of orders.
One thing that concerned me was that Curtis, Keel & Backus are sent in with only hand pistols knowing full well the enemy have machine guns. There is a great scene on the roof as Keel is forced to fight with two trained police officers under orders from Malone who wishes to follow his own agenda and not that of the government worried only about the whole thing becoming an embarrassment.
I am not sure who the fifth CI5 operative with his hand on the power switch in this one, Malone seems to call him Mr Harley but with Miss Backus's pronunciation it sounds more like Mr Harling.
John Castle is in this as the head of the group Panos. He of course was in two episodes of the original Professionals and I also noticed Chairman of the TV studios, Mr Fenton is none other than Rupert Vansittart, who was a regular character Lord Ashfordly in ITV's "Heartbeat" when this was being made.
The star of the show again for me has to be Edward Woodward - yet again he is superb in this and towards the end, his lines: "Get out of my sight before you have a very nasty accident" are delivered like pure class and this is possibly the best Malone bit in the series so far for me. A great moral dilemma also at the end of this one, as Malone asks the team and Mr Fenton "Then again, in his case what would be enough?" - which without looking at the camera very much asks the question to the viewer sitting behind the fourth wall.
Overall, not a bad one. A little bit of CI5 'SAS style' goings-on but the plot is weak for me - still a worthy 6/10.