Here is a debate on Martin Shaw's career from an issue of TV magazine The Box which was published in 1997 (only 3 instalments). This was when The Professionals was being repeated by Granada Plus and Shaw was having some trouble getting used to the flop that was Rhodes on BBC1.
"What was I thinking of, hitting him? Nothing. No, I know. I hate him! I hate his guts, I hate everything he stands for with his PACE and his plus and his statements of purpose and his smiling at the punters and his have a nice day! I mean when was the last time he ever nicked anybody, eh? A real villain! When was the last time he ever put himself on the line?"
Well he certainly didn't stay away from police roles ! The Chief, George Gently, does a judge count in 'Judge John Deed' or a priest in 'Apparitions'. (I hated that series. Only watched two episodes or maybe one and a half). Ok so I 'imdb' searched him as I can't remember all his roles. They say that he has been in 100 tv roles. Gosh that's an amazing career.