Dempsey and Makepeace (Season 1) - 3-DVD Set ( Dempsey & Makepeace - Season One )
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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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* 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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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.Read more ›
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!
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this when it was on first,and still like it a lot.
Lots of very good and enjoyable episodes in this
first season of the show. Read more
Bought this because I watched when it first came out and I really enjoyed it then. Still enjoyed it this time but things have moved on since then.Published 13 months ago by Jane Austin
Nostalgia, it's not always how you remember it
Watchable especially to see the 1980s again, but not the greatest acting ever... fun though
I just bought Series one of this fabulous series, recently, I think purely by mistake as I didn't realise id bought the Dutch packaging of D+M. Read morePublished on 21 Jan. 2013 by Mr. D. A. Evans
i have all 3 series of dempsey and makepeace and they're very good but i have found out that these versions of the episodes are the daytime tv versions and are not uncut at all. Read morePublished on 10 Aug. 2010 by Andrew Beet
A classic cop show in which a tough but good natured American policeman Michael Brandon is sent to England for his own safety after refusing to become entangled with some corrupt... Read morePublished on 19 Jun. 2010 by Mem