Martin Shaw stylish pop art graphic illustration, available in 3 sizes and 26 colour options.
Martin Shaw attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and has tread the boards in many productions, including lauded performances in “Look Back in Anger” and “A Streetcar Named Desire”.
Even though Martin Shaw has steely blue eyes, the colouring of “The Professionals” varied their appearance from green to hazel to brown – perhaps it was the film stock or the Seventies when everything seemed to be brown, from fashions to interiors.
Whilst Lewis Collins found it hard to shake off the shadow of Bodie, Martin Shaw continued to have a varied career after The Professionals came to an end. Acting talent not withstanding, it may have helped to cut off the curly perm and look completely different for further acting roles.
With regular credits to his name, it’s good to see that some of his well-known and long-running roles are also police or law based. He was a Chief Constable in “The Chief”, the title role in “Inspector George Gently”, and graduated to the law courts in “Judge John Deed”.
The ongoing popularity and success of “The Professionals” is a testament to the actor and the powerful yet natural screen partnership with Lewis Collins.
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.
First paired with Lewis Collins 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.
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 frame is not included – for a guide on choosing a frame size take a look here.
This illustrated print is part of 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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