Group of six prints featuring iconic 1970s police detectives, all available in 3 sizes and 26 colour options.
Hot on the heels of “The New Avengers”, which starred Patrick Macnee and Joanna Lumley, the same creative and production team of Brian Clemens and Albert Fennell created “The Professionals”.
“The Professionals” had a fictional CI5 department that answered only to itself, and possibly the Home Secretary, and would use any means necessary to foil criminal activity. Headed by Gordon Jackson as George Cowley, CI5, an amalgam of acronyms CID and MI5, recruited exceptional candidates including the department’s main exponents Bodie & Doyle.
Played by Lewis Collins and Martin Shaw, their occasionally abrasive relationship, whilst both looking out for each other, hooked viewers along with the action sequences.
Lewis Collins & Martin Shaw were first paired in “The New Avengers” episode “Obsession”, the spiky chemistry between the two actors led to their casting as Bodie & Doyle in “The Professionals”.
Incidentally, elements of the plot of “Obsession” were later recycled in “The Professionals” episode “Close Quarters”.
“The Professionals” has one of TV’s most memorable theme tunes by Laurie Johnson who also wrote the themes for “The Avengers“, “Jason King” with Peter Wyngarde, and “The New Avengers” with Joanna Lumley.
“Get your trousers on, you’re nicked” became a famous phrase when Detective Inspector Regan surprised a villain in the 1974 “Armchair Cinema” episode “Regan”, the pilot and precursor of “The Sweeney” series which ran from 1975 to 1978.
“The Sweeney”, so called because of cockney rhyming slang (Sweeney Todd, Flying Squad), initially shocked some viewers with stronger language and violence that was on TV at the time, but presented a grittier view of policing on city streets.
In contrast to the cosier representation of amiable bobbies in 1950s and 60s serials, and a world away from the cutbacks and bureaucracy of today, the 1970s saw the rough & tumble of dealing with criminality which required proactive renegades who would sometimes cross the line to get the job done.
Criticised for a vigilantism that was deemed unrepresentative of the British force, viewers responded positively to skidding cars, free-flying punches, and cocky put-downs.
Please note the orange in the Purple & Orange option is a brighter, almost neon, shade than the softer orange of the Copper colour option.
Available in A4, A3, and A2 sizes to fit standard-size picture frames. Please note that black frames are not included – for a guide on choosing a frame size take a look here.
This group of illustrated pop art features all six prints in the 1970s Cops collection of stylish pop art prints, exclusively by Art & Hue, inspired by 1970s police detectives and features Art & Hue’s signature halftone style (halftone is an age-old technique that uses dots to make up the printed image, similar to newspapers or comic books) along with graphic blocks of colour.
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