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I was sure I'd read somewhere the reason BL stuff was only in the first series of the Professionals was inherent unreliability. Equally sure I read somewhere that Joanna Lumley had problems getting an MGB GT into reverse on the New Avengers which just happened to have been fitted with a Princess gearknob

 

didn't Purdey drive a TR7 in The New Avengers?

 

i also read somewhere that the cars BL sent to the set of The New Avengers, and other tv shows were so bad that after the days filming they had to take them back either to repair or replace them for the next days shooting. only with this been BL, they would take, say, a yellow TR7 and then think it was quiet ok to send  on the following day a blue one (on different plates). seems "continuity" was something that BL hadn't ever thought (heard?) of.

 

things like this drove Euston Films (makers of Sweeney and The Professionals) mad, and was something that Ford understood was a total no on!

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The Professionals was made by Avengers Mark 1 Productions, no relation to Euston Films.  That's why you see early episodes stuffed with BL tat, and why Ford was not the automatic choice.

 

edit: and yes, Purdey had a yellow TR7 in the last series, but before that she'd been using a Harvest Gold MGB roadster, of the rubber-ended variety.

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By the way: apologies if I seem to be taking over the thread, but this really is home turf for me.  As a friendless undiagnosed autistic I had little else to do but watch the box, and being car-mad from very early of course I was watching all these shows and taking notice!

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The Professionals was made by Avengers Mark 1 Productions, no relation to Euston Films.  That's why you see early episodes stuffed with BL tat, and why Ford was not the automatic choice.

 

edit: and yes, Purdey had a yellow TR7 in the last series, but before that she'd been using a Harvest Gold MGB roadster, of the rubber-ended variety.

 

The Professionals was made by Avengers Mark 1 Productions, no relation to Euston Films.  That's why you see early episodes stuffed with BL tat, and why Ford was not the automatic choice.

 

edit: and yes, Purdey had a yellow TR7 in the last series, but before that she'd been using a Harvest Gold MGB roadster, of the rubber-ended variety.

I'm sure I remember an episode in The New Avengers where a Renault 16 driven by the Grange Hill caretaker gets totally stripped.

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James Bolam's battered ex BT bedford HA in the Beiderbeike trilogy, along with the minibus from my school that regularly appeared in external shots of Foxwood high in Seacroft, plus the full plod spec mk1 Sierra 12.3 base with Ghia bumpers. the Gaffer's FUBAR p6s (several used with plate swaps inc a P6B at one point, with the WYPTE Atlanteans at City Square in Leeds.....

 

The mk3 Escort cabrio in Dempsey & Makepeace, various plod cars in The Bill before it went shit, Graham Cole was a bloody good wheelsmith in that, I heard he was actually trained by the Me, and of course the various Fords and BL tat going sideways by Bodie & Doyle

 

Then there was OTB with various ENOC Bristols on repeat to fill up blank airtime slots

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We're too old for those to qualify as childhood?

 

For me, The Saint will always be Roger Moore, driving the fastest Volvo on the planet.  Broccoli missed a trick, not getting him in a Volvo of some sort at least once in his time as Bond.

Val Kilmer 1997 Volvo C70 (Templar not Bond obviously)

OK not exactly definitive but the Saint apparently still liked a Volvo sometime  in the last 22 years;

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Saint_(1997_film)

I loved the XJS that Ian Ogilvy drove in the late 70's but apparently it was so unreliable that many scenes involving it actually functioning had to be cut and re shot as it just broke down all the time

Mr Ogilvy apparently went to great lengths to state his dissatisfaction with Jaguar cars of the era; as in fact did Patrick Magee whilst describing the race replica XJC used in some episodes of The New Avengers

Never influenced me though I love 70's Jags of all types and just wish I had the testes/ finances  to buy one.

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Yes that's correct re continuity with both the new avengers & the professional's,also with the return of the Saint xjs.

They wanted to use Ford's from the start of the professional's due to the problems throughout filming of the new avengers but couldn't due to the contract with bl not ending until the 1st series was nearly at the end of filming & couldn't be delayed.

The consul GT in the Sweeney was to police spec Inc flashing headlights two tones etc

Ford realised the importance of free primetime advertising & the press garage where happy to bend over backwards,witness in the professionals commercial vehicles even getting exposure Inc MK1 fiesta van,MK2 transit & even transcontinental tractor unit. Dempsey & makepeace even do a brief spot on survalience in a Cortina p100!

Aswell as the gorgeous Glynis barber in her regular escort cabriolet.

 

Doyle's RS 2000 was found to have to much shadow/gloom in the front so ford straight away said No problem it returned asap with a globe glass sunroof (an expensive item usually only found on luxury motors of the period).

These things where a pittance compared to the cost of making adverts & getting them screened during peak viewing.

 

In the series of the professionals aired over the winter of 79/80 ford played a masterclass in advertising.

The new Mk5 Cortina was released in September 79 (V reg) but filming started in early summer so they took a few pre production mk5 saloons & a MK4 estate (this had Mk5 seat's & front wings/bumpers fitted) registered them in June (T reg) so that just as the payed for campaign during the autumn was ending they'd get further free primetime exposure until the spring.

 

& It worked just look at how 30-40 years later people still mention the cars/shows/actors in the same breath.

 

You may also note that the baddies often drive the rival manufacturers brand (older model) rather than the hero cars.

 

 

This is my area too when it comes to childhood TV.

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Makes a lot of sense now I think about it as I think Glynis Barber originally had a Mini that met with a sticky end in a scrapyard?

I remember years ago a Ford advertising man talking about supplying cars for popular TV shows of the time and saying that he would supply any car anywhere for as long as the production company wanted it but on one condition;

THE FORD NEVER CRASHES!!

Certainly seems to be the case in The Sweeney.

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Now you’ve got me started!

Obviously there was the Batmobile = introduced me to the Barris way of modifying and the whole hot rod scene.

Which led to the whole Little Deuce Coupe Beach boys thing (both the original blue car and the film ‘graffiti’ version) as well as ‘Grease Lightning’ - which frankly was more about the songs.

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For some reason I used to find scenes with the lotus elan in somewhat Appealing...

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But I was too young to understand (why).

There was the prisoner - which again I didn’t understand (but I’m not sure I was alone there); oh big floaty balls.

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And this guy with a ‘tash and chest hair so luscious it needed it’s own wardrobe / hair make-up artist. Probably why he could never find his socks.

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And even if I had been a little older, the elan might have made more sense about it’s Appeal, I think I would have still had more pleasure from watching these guys...

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Call me a wuss but I would have a General Lee parked in the garage now - I even found an ex show car (think it had been totaled and left at some point...) but times change and I’m not sure it would be right, rocking the flag on the roof*

 

*other opinions may vary, but also don’t live where I do!

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I was sure I'd read somewhere the reason BL stuff was only in the first series of the Professionals was inherent unreliability. Equally sure I read somewhere that Joanna Lumley had problems getting an MGB GT into reverse on the New Avengers which just happened to have been fitted with a Princess gearknob

I’d heard it wasn’t so much reliability but BL’s inability to supply the same cars from one week to the next, causing problems with continuity etc.

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Anyway, my TV inspired garage would be:

 

KITT (Pontiac)

A Team van (GMC)

Fall Guy truck (GMC or Chevy)

 

 

And of course the General Lee. And Airwolf.

 

Seems like GM’s PR dept of the early 80s understood the value of tv affiliations.

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Ok, here’s a puzzle. Somehwere around 1976 there was a children’s drama serial that culminated in a chase scene on some waste ground in a red Maxi. (Spoiler alert) The Maxi ended up going over the edge into a quarry, morphing economically into a scrap Lancrab just before it did so. There was also a mysterious character who drove a DS and was known as The Citroen Man.

 

It may also have used the middle bit of Kraftwerk’s Autobahn as its theme music, but that might have been something else.

 

Anyone else remember this? And what it was called? I can’t remember anything else about it, which says a lot about what I was interested in as a child. (Until Mindy came along, anyway.)

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Ok, here’s a puzzle. Somehwere around 1976 there was a children’s drama serial that culminated in a chase scene on some waste ground in a red Maxi. (Spoiler alert) The Maxi ended up going over the edge into a quarry, morphing economically into a scrap Lancrab just before it did so. There was also a mysterious character who drove a DS and was known as The Citroen Man.

It may also have used the middle bit of Kraftwerk’s Autobahn as its theme music, but that might have been something else.

Anyone else remember this? And what it was called? I can’t remember anything else about it, which says a lot about what I was interested in as a child. (Until Mindy came along, anyway.)

Was it Children of the Stones? That was aired in 1976 and featured a red Maxi. No DS though, but a Peugeot 504 cabriolet. Here’s some pics:

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Ooh, that’s possible if I’m mixing up different series.

 

I had a look at Children of the Stones on YouTube a while back and it was bloody terrifying, so I didn’t get as far as the denouement.

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Don’t forget The Professionals’ earlier British Leyland fleet. Bodie had a Triumph Dolomite Sprint, Doyle had a TR7 and Cowley had an SD1. After Series 1 the production team got fed up with the cars breaking down all the time (legend has it) so they moved on to Fords.

Series 1 episode 1 of the professionals the bodie drove an e type until it got crashed. might have been Doyle I forget which one is which.

 

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Series 1 episode 1 of the professionals the bodie drove an e type until it got crashed. might have been Doyle I forget which one is which.

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And I think Cowley had a P6 in very early episodes too.

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Series 1 episode 1 of the professionals the bodie drove an e type until it got crashed. might have been Doyle I forget which one is which.

 

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It was Doyle.  That was when you couldn't give an old E-Type away!

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