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Dempsey And Makepeace: Series 1 Box Set (3 Discs)

Released on 27 February 2006

Featuring: Michael Brandon, Glynis Barber & Ray Smith

Format: DVD | Rating: 12 years & over

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Having overstepped the bounds of an ongoing internal corruption case, no nonsense New York cop James Dempsey (Michael Brandon) is drafted into a newly created undercover unit of London's Scotland Yard, codenamed SI-10. Partnered with the dashing Harriet Makepeace (Glynis Barber), who demands to be termed 'Harry', the two mis-matched cops are flung into one all-action investigation after another!

Episodes Comprise:
1. Armed And Extremely Dangerous (pilot episode)
2. The Squeeze
3. Lucky Streak
4. Given To Acts Of Violence
5. Hors De Combat
6. Nowhere To Run
7. Make Peace, Not War
8. Blind Eye
9. Cry God For Harry
10. Judgement
  • Audio commentaries from Michael Brandon and Glynis Barber for the pilot and first episode
  • 'The Making of Dempsey & Makepeace' featurette with Michael Brandon and Glynis Barber

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 happy nostalgia with this 80s cop duo!

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When it debuted back in January of 1985 this culture clash of American/British policing methods between tough brash New York city street wise cop James Dempsey and aristocratic, well educated Harriet 'Harry' Makepeace was a refreshingly unique take on the standard British detective drama series. Now over two decades since its initial transmission the series, for me at least, seems as captivatingly enjoyable especially when released in snazzy attractive packaging as featured in the 2006 Network DVD releases. Looking beyond the pleasing blue tinged slip cover (replete with brief story synopsis, writer/director credits and transmission dates) I love the beautifully rendered paintings of the three lead stars one for each of the discs in this first season. With a three/three/four split the first disc features the "Armed and Extremely Dangerous" feature length pilot which like the subsequent second story features an audio commentary featuring the series leads. Disc one also features an approx twenty minutes documentary where Michael Brandon and Glynis Barber share their thoughts about working on the series. There are some good stories on offer however I was surprised how some of these programs underran, "Makepeace, Not War" being the worst offender, barely scraping forty-five minutes... you can imagine the amount of excessive advert 'padding' that ITV/satellite channels have to do to fill out the allotted hour long transmission time.

 Great 80`s cop memories!

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The 80`s entertained us with many a cop show. My favourite by a mile was Dempsey and Makepeace. Hey, no one ever thought of male/female partners before did they, which makes this have the added sexual tension between them. also the fact that Dempsey is a brash American and Makepeace is a posh Brit really brings the clash of cultures together.

 Popular '80s cop show hasn't worn that well...

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"Dempsey and Makepeace" was a strange beast, a kind of hybrid of romantic comedy and action-filled British cop show. The interest of the show lay in the interaction and culture clash between Michael Brandon's brash American cop and Glynis Barber's uppercrust English policewoman. The two leads are quite enjoyable to watch in their roles and some of their banter is genuinely funny. The format of the show could have worked very well. Unfortunately, the show suffers from a series of plots whcih are extremely dull and predictable.

Some of the action is impressively staged, even though most of the episodes are severely underplotted. The final episode of the season, "Judgement", is the best. Makepeace's best friend is murdered on a train, leaving her emotionally drained. Dempsey genuinely wants to help, but his brash, insensitive manner upsets her even more. This is a far more interesting, character driven story than the others.

The picture quality is slightly grainy but pretty good nonetheless.

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ActorsMichael Brandon, Glynis Barber, Ray Smith, Tony Osoba, John Bancroft, Andrew Jolly, Christopher Ellison, Nicola Stapleton, Nick Stringer, Ralph Michael, Terence Alexander, John Malcolm, Brian Croucher, Ian Thompson & Brian Coburn
DirectorTony Wharmby & William Brayne
Certificate12 years and over
ScreenFullscreen 4:3
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (1.0) Mono
SubtitlesNone listed
Duration9 hours and 10 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.