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Dempsey & Makepeace

So, today marks the 30th anniversary of the debut on British screens of Dempsey & Makepeace, the gloriously 'splody TV series starring Michael Brandon and Glynis Barber. To celebrate, I have been watching things blow up all evening. Not the debut episode, as I couldn't find the series one boxset, so I had to make do with series two (aw, shame). Which was nice, as it turned out, as I got unexpected Tom Georgeson, a pleasant surprise following my recent Between The Lines rewatch. Also Tom Kelly, ill-fated wannabe member of Blake's Five-and-two-fifths (the one who got shavingcreamed). So that was nice too. Anyway, to ensure that the rest of the world (ha) gets to celebrate more appropriately, here is the pilot movie. Things go boom! Hurrah.

Michael Brandon and Glynis Barber celebrated their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary back in November. That's not quite as much fun, perhaps, but it does make rather a nice ending to it all.

PS: Boom!

PPS: Handy playlist!


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Jan. 12th, 2015 01:17 am (UTC)
I enjoyed that show! Didn't know they got married - awesome that they're still together, i love a happy ending.
Jan. 12th, 2015 08:14 am (UTC)
It is nice, yes. They still look good together. Remarkably unaged, too!
Jan. 12th, 2015 03:35 pm (UTC)
Hurrah for unexpected Harry! I was surprised to see him lurking around in 'The Suspicions of Mr Whicher', he's been a cop since Victorian times! Oh and Christopher Guard in 'Dr Who' (don't make him wear clothes; he doesn't like it)!
Jan. 12th, 2015 06:58 pm (UTC)
I was about to say that that's Dominic Guard, not Christopher, but actually Jim did do a Who as well, didn't he. I'm not so good on the Sylv era!

As for Tom Georgeson, when I see him he's usually being a gangster! Link to the episode in question, if you're interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMgc-pKJvaQ
Jan. 13th, 2015 04:02 pm (UTC)
Jim's so dedicated to peril he wasn't keen on Ace untying him;p

Thanks for the link - I see the ep is written by Murray "Strangers" Smith too. Double win!
Jan. 13th, 2015 09:04 pm (UTC)
Good old Jim! He's a man who's got his priorities right. A sword, a horse and a good bit of peril. What more could anybody want?!

And yes, it's always good to see the old names around.
Jan. 14th, 2015 04:41 pm (UTC)
Robot clowns:D

Actually, I'm with Ace. Clowns brrr!
Jan. 15th, 2015 08:12 am (UTC)
The entire internet appears to be clownphobic (coulrophobic. I has words!). Not sure about robot clowns though.

I should really rewatch some Sylv some time. Very much enjoyed that final season at the time, if memory serves.
Jan. 19th, 2015 03:40 pm (UTC)
rollin' dany
I watched it!

Oh look there's a old time jazz band, an ex-member of the foreign legion and the whiff of gangland war in the air, yes, it's 'The Paradise Club'!! Isn't it?;p

Oh and the top floor coming down to moan about S1-10 and Dempsey is very 'Strangers'.

I expect 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol' and double crossing spies appeared in other eps.

Aw, poor Jack, he got all dressed up to go on a blag and he got soggy instead.

I liked how the British characters explained slang to Dempsey e.g "a blag is a heist". I was glad they had another explosion for you as the first on the boat was rather weedy.
Jan. 20th, 2015 08:14 am (UTC)
Re: rollin' dany
Obviously Smith used it as practice for "The Paradise Club"! He's got quite a list of this sort of show in his IMDb credits, hasn't he. I don't remember any Oscar Wilde, but yes to the doublecrossing. But policemen more than spies I think.
Jan. 20th, 2015 03:39 pm (UTC)
Re: rollin' dany
I think Smith was cooking 'The Paradise Club' up for years. A very different Paradise Club was in the first episode of 'Strangers'. He probably didn't have enough eps to mention Oscar Wilde, but I'm sure he'd appear sometime if he wrote more - there's no escape! My fave 'Strangers' bomb (out of a short list) was an exploding copy of OW!

Jan. 20th, 2015 08:35 pm (UTC)
Re: rollin' dany
I always approve of a favourite bomb. :)
Jan. 12th, 2015 10:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you bunches for this link. I watched it early this morning and loved it. Somehow I'd never seen the pilot. Now I'll have to go see what other eps I can dig up.
Jan. 13th, 2015 12:05 am (UTC)
Re: Thanks!
Jan. 13th, 2015 01:04 am (UTC)
"No joy from C Division, they hadn't any chaps to spare!"

The essential difference between British and American policing: so many fewer chaps across the pond! And Makepeace has so many daffy old uncles, she comes across as the reversed equivalent of Bertie Wooster in the Old Bill, rather.

And how much does Brandon think he's De Niro? A lot, a lot.

Is it supposed to be so funny? I wanted to laugh lots. "In New York, they think he's... Hot Stuff!"

Glynis Barber does have the cutest little catty face, though. Especially when she's suited up like an exceptionally pretty boy. Sharp duds!
Jan. 13th, 2015 01:28 am (UTC)
It was meant to be funny, yes. The two of them do an audio commentary on the DVD set. It was originally meant to be all very serious, but everything was behind schedule, and the pair of them wound up writing half of the script during shooting (Michael Brandon had to direct a fair bit too). They decided that they might as well put their own mark on things, hence the show turning very quickly into a semi-comedy. Basically they wanted to have fun!

It worked, I think. I can't imagine that it would be remembered anywhere near so fondly today if had been trying to be sensible.
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