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  • Actors: Terence Alexander, Michael Brandon, Glynis Barber, Ray Smith, Ralph Michael
  • Directors: Tony Wharmby
  • Producers: Dempsey and Makepeace (Season 1) - 3-DVD Set ( Dempsey & Makepeace - Season One ), Dempsey and Makepeace (Season 1) - 3-DVD Set, Dempsey & Makepeace - Season One
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 593.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002A7QCQW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,888 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Australia released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: 3-DVD Set, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Mis-matched police detective duo James Dempsey and Harriet Makepeace investigate a number of dramatic cases in DEMPSEY AND MAKEPEACE. The series chronicles the exploits of two members of SI-10, an undercover group working out of Scotland Yard. Jim Dempsey is a brash and impetuous New York cop who has been sent to England for his own protection after discovering corruption in the New York force. He is teamed up with Harriet Makepeace, a Cambridge graduate and the daughter of a lord. The unlikely duo embark on a number of exciting adventures, despite their love-hate relationship.
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* Two commentaries
* Exclusive interview with both Michael Brandon and Glynis Barber ...Dempsey and Makepeace (Season 1) - 3-DVD Set ( Dempsey & Makepeace - Season One )

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As a spotty teenager I had a few "TV crushes" in the 1980's: Jane Badler (The evil lizard woman from "V"), Debbie Shore (Children's ITV presenter!) and GLYNIS BARBER from DEMPSEY & MAKEPEACE. Now I can re-evaluate this Anglo-American co-production from a more 'mature' perspective *blush*

DEMPSEY & MAKEPEACE was pretty much the end of an era that began decades earlier with classic ITC series such as THE SAINT, DANGER MAN and other such gems (Evolving via THE SWEENEY and THE PROFESSIONALS along the way). Subsequent to this show, attempts to create a similar format were always ruined with the introduction of borderline soap-antics (when the definition of "characterisation" came to mean "boring domestic angst").

I certainly won't insist that DEMSPEY & MAKEPEACE was "quality television", but I will say it was always a lot of fun to watch. Snobby critics hated it of course, but the show was still a huge hit with the viewers. This is mainly thanks to the personalities of the two leads - Michael Brandon slips into the shoes of a NYPD cop with ease - It's a clichéd role that should fall flat, but thanks to Mr. Brandon's performance we do actually find ourselves liking the character.

Glynis Barber is of course the "glam" role, but despite the scripts playing off her (considerable) good looks a little too often (Getting her stripped to her undies or ogled/groped while undercover) she carries it off well. Despite being there "for the lads", it's to her credit that the character is as memorable - When MAKEPEACE has to land a pilotless plane in one episode I actually started to share her panic, so convincing was Glynis' performance!

I have to mention Ray Smith as "Spikings", their chief.
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The 80's British hit-series Dempsey and Makepeace have finally arrived on DVD, courtesy of NetworkDVD. Running only three series and a total of 30 episodes, D&M was shortlived, but what a show it was! Starring Michael Brandon as Jim Dempsey and Glynis Barber as Harriet "Harry" Makepeace, the series combined fast car-chases, big explosions, gun-ho policework and martini-dry humor with the awesome chemistry between Brandon and Barber. The result: the best British crime-fighting TV series ever.
This first release has all ten episodes of the first series. The first two episodes can be run normal or with bonus commentaries by Brandon and Barber. An added bonus is an 18 minute interview with Barber and Brandon, on how they lived through Dempsey and Makepeace. This interview shows the lead actors having aged extremely well (with Brandon possibly looking even better than he did back then) and telling great tales about the making of the show and more. Even the fourth main character of the show (Dempsey's .357 Magnum) turns up again and Brandon ends the interview pointing it at the camera and telling the viewer (in very much's 'Jim Dempsey' style) to FREEZE!
Highly recommended!
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I cant believe this series was never repeated on telly. I was too young to fully appreciate it the first time round but loved the show. The characters rub each other up the wrong way but are clearly attracted to each other which makes this not just your average cop show. the action scenes are brilliant and the stunts wouldnt look out of place in a hollywood movie.I hope series 2 and 3 are released as the show gets better and better (pitty there wasnt a 4th series) Perhaps Glynis and michael would consider a reunion show?. I like the commentary and the interviews and would hope the commentaries are carried on to the 2 and 3 series if they are released. Great entertainment
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My what a difference 20 years makes. This first series of Dempsey and Makepeace was groundbreaking in the mid 80s. A pretty Englishwoman firing a gun!! Shootouts on London streets!! All that American influence!! Now that we're well into the Noughties and Americana is no longer our cultural aspiration, it's less clear to see quite what the attraction was. And yet, and yet... there's something about the way Glynis Barber puts down Michael Brandon's yankee machismo with one arch of the eyebrow that even now makes me chuckle. Alas, shootouts on London streets are de rigeur these days, and I guess we're all a bit harder to please.

What does strike me now though (I always was a bit protective towards Makepeace, even as a gay 11 year-old) is just how damn mysoginistic this series (in particular) is. Makepeace, make the coffee. Makepeace, you're stupid. Makepeace, take a punch please. Her slightly wistful allusion to the macho production world of 80s British cop shows in the enlightening bonus interview makes you realise just what interesting times Glynis Barber must have had making this first series.

Another point to mention is just how shoddy the show looks technically. Lots of drama club acting, very poor stories, hackneyed scripts and grainy film (seemed to be a problem with LWT series from the period). And yet this first series IS groundbreaking, and knowing what followed in series 2 and, to a slightly lesser extent 3, where the technical aspects improved beyond measure and the roles and characters really developed, you can't help but admire it.

Dempsey and Makepeace takes you back to a time when ITV was more than about just filling the gaps between ad breaks. A good natured, and, for its time, classy show that has long stayed in the memories of those who watched it. Let's hope beyond hope that we've not yet seen the last of D+M!
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