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Blimey, a British show!

See, not all loud action shows with bouncy theme tunes are American - although I'm not entirely sure how far this one counts as British. In all honesty it's about as American-eighties-action-show as can be, with gun fights on every street corner, manic car chases, and so much stuff blowing up, it's a wonder that London was still standing by the end of it. Yep, tonight we come to Dempsey & Makepeace, one of the most entertainingly and endearingly daft shows that British television has ever produced. It never made an ounce of sense. Why on earth would the NYPD send Dempsey to join the British police to avoid a mob hit? Why would the British police allow him to run around the place with a whacking great gun, shooting everything? Why did the British Press never complain about the loud American blowing up half of London every week? But logic is for cissies. Dempsey & Makepeace was splendid fun. Originally conceived as a fairly serious show, it was badly put together, and most of the scripts arrived incomplete. Consequently, stars Michael Brandon and Glynis Barber ended up writing half of it themselves, with the result that it very quickly turned into a madcap adventure show, with tongue firmly in cheek, and everything that could blow up doing so. Michael Brandon wound up directing some of the episodes as well; and very good at it he turned out to be. There's nothing here to dislike. Great music, great action, plenty of opportunity to play Spot Tip Tipping, and a regular supporting role for Tony Osoba. Hooray! The critics hated it of course, mostly because of the loud American who kept shooting everything. Honestly, who'd be a critic? You're never allowed to like the good stuff. Meanwhile, Michael Brandon and Glynis Barber were having a ball. So much so that they wound up marrying each other, and living happily ever after. Aw.

They're still together, and they don't seem to have aged a day, either. Proof that blowing stuff up with gay abandon is good for the soul. Loads more fun than skin cream, certainly.


PS: Otherworld update. Episode four, and Trace and his sister Gina introduce rock 'n' roll to the inhabitants of Wherever-It-Is-That-They're-Living-Now. This may be the funniest thing to have been filmed in the eighties. The school talent contest alone is comedy gold. Then, just when you think it can't get any more mental, Trace dreams about Commander Kroll in a long, blond wig. How did this show ever get axed?!

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elenopa
Jun. 20th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
Guess what?

Yep, I watched all of this one as well. Had to wait for the season 1 repeats because it clashed with Guides again or something. I even got some of the books and had a poster on my wall.

I think I may have had a crush on Dempsey.
elenopa
Jun. 20th, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
Seriously, how old are you that we watched pretty much the same things growing up? And why have we never met?
swordznsorcery
Jun. 20th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
1. Thirty-five.
2. Because I'm a hermit. Or because we've both spent the last thirty years being too busy watching television. One or the other. ;)

I have some of the books as well. My kid sister had a colouring book and a dot-to-dot book, which was odd marketing for a show with that kind of death rate!
elenopa
Jun. 20th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
So I'm a little bit older at thirty-nine.
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