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Dempsey, Makepeace & Steele

No, not a crossover, sadly. That would probably have been rather fun. Just witless rambling as I continue my rewatch of both. The guest stars continue to be good. David Warner turned up in Remington Steele, which was nice (as a bad guy - now there's a surprise!). And then Paul Reiser! At his youngest and fluffiest, making him the single most obvious red herring ever in a whodunnit. And Dempsey & Makepeace continues to be filled with a barrage of old British TV faces - and then, in the final episode of series one: jackpot! I knew he was in there somewhere; I just couldn't remember which episode it was. Towards the end of the episode, leaping out of a window and smashing up automobiles, as is his wont, whilst sporting some alarmingly yellow hair. Tip Tipping! Look look look!

There he goes!

And then zoom! And also smash. He was actually playing a syphilitic rapist (whoever said acting wasn't glamorous?!), but whatever. You can tell it's still season one. By season two they'd chucked Jesse Carr-Martindale off the writing team, and things cheered up considerably!

The escape didn't go at all well. Which I should probably be glad about, because syphilitic rapist. Also murderer. But also also Tip Tipping.

I'm happy now. :)

Remington Steele does not give me awesome British stuntmen, at least very often (there are a scattering of episodes that were shot over here), but it does do some grandly peculiar things with its casting that have a different kind of appeal. Pierce Brosnan's wife, Cassandra Harris, was a frequent guest star on the show, playing Felicia, Steele's art thief ex-lover. Then suddenly in one episode she's instead playing Anna, another of Steele's ex-lovers, this time a would-be killer. It's quite bizarre when she turns up, as a completely different person, and we're apparently not supposed to notice that Anna and Felicia share a head. No wonder Steele spent that episode in such confusion! It's a bit like how in The A-Team both the true loves of Face's life were played by Markie Post. That wasn't because they were married in real life though. I think that was just by accident.

Oh, and hey - just in case one were to forget which decade the show is set in:

Laura and Steele take a stroll down the world's most 1980s corridor. Isn't it wonderful? And at the end of the corridor is this perfectly eighties computer:

Which naturally enough is voice-operated. How did the 1980s get all these amazing, voice-operated computers?! Voice recognition software isn't that good now, let alone thirty years ago. How did all those computer scientists do it?! And couldn't they at least have scribbled down a few hints before being rubbed out by their dodgy associates?!

It's a cruel world in the 1980s. But it has Tip Tipping smashing things, and that's worth more than gold. :)


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Feb. 15th, 2015 10:28 am (UTC)
Oh ... the 80s look!

Funny that they have the same actress play different characters. Were viewers in the 80s that easy to cheat???
Feb. 15th, 2015 10:48 am (UTC)
It's not about cheating. It was common with old TV though. No VHS or DVD releases. You might never see an episode more than once. In the 60s this happened all the time! The same actors would sometimes appear hundreds of times in different roles.

There's an old adage that television is a theatre in your house. Nobody thinks twice about an actor having multiple roles in a play. Once upon a time people didn't think about actors being reused on television either. Nowadays television tries to be more like cinema than theatre, and the thinking has changed accordingly.
Feb. 15th, 2015 12:18 pm (UTC)
I'm glad D&M gave you some Tip Tipping destruction. I'm off to see what trouble Bulman will be causing them tonight, thanks to youtube:)

I think the 80's corridor looks futuristic!!! But then I've been watching BBC TV 70/80's future dystopias and the fashions haven't changed one jot - probably a fashion revival I suspect(!). Yes, voice operated computers, nobody has to repeat their words and give up and bash the buttons. The BBC would use a BBC micro with a few glittery stickers on though!
Feb. 15th, 2015 05:52 pm (UTC)
But that's the final episode! You can't watch that one yet! Rebel.

I love it when the Beeb used to dress up their micros. Or not dress them up at all, and somehow think we wouldn't notice! Like when Peter Davison does up the TARDIS console, and the centrepoint is a BBC micro, complete with hilariously naff graphics. Ah, 80s. :)
Feb. 16th, 2015 12:22 pm (UTC)
Too late! Was it the last? Oh well, The first 'Strangers' ep I saw was the last, probably some sort of Don Henderson effect. Old TV is barmy!

The TARDIS is controlled by Ceefax:)
Feb. 17th, 2015 04:13 pm (UTC)
I had to look it up, but according to the IMDb it's the last episode yes. Not that it matters especially, and I don't think they really knew that it was the last one at the time. I hope it was a good one! I'm trying to watch it in order at the moment, and I haven't seen most of series three in three hundred million years at least.
Feb. 18th, 2015 12:39 pm (UTC)
There was a visit to the British Museum and I'm sure I spotted a dinosaur, so it was probably a good one;)
Feb. 18th, 2015 04:08 pm (UTC)
They have dinosaurs in the British Museum? Cool. I shall look forward to that episode. :)
Feb. 19th, 2015 12:13 pm (UTC)
There's something lurking around D&M:

Feb. 20th, 2015 05:51 am (UTC)
Oh, that's beautiful! They don't have any anymore, though. They're all at the NHM.
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