Dempsey and Makepeace (1985–1986)

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 Lt. James Dempsey / ... (30 episodes, 1985-1986)
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 Det. Sgt. Harry Makepeace / ... (30 episodes, 1985-1986)
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 Chief Supt. Gordon Spikings / ... (30 episodes, 1985-1986)
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 Det. Sgt. Chas Jarvis (27 episodes, 1985-1986)
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James Dempsey was a tough New York cop who got himself into a lot of trouble by killing his partner during a corruption investigation. With things too hot for him in New York, Dempsey was seconded to London's elite SI10, where he was assigned to work with Detective Sergeant Harriet Makepeace, under the supervision of Chief Superintendent Spikings. Dempsey found British police methods slow and infuriating, and his new colleagues considered him a violent maverick, entirely too attached to his .357 Magnum. The immediate antagonism between Dempsey and Makepeace was countered by a strong physical attraction, and while they fought continuously, they made a good, effective team. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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(pilot) | (29 episodes)

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Dempsey drove a 1984 Mercedes SL (white in series one and two and silver in series 3) and Makepeace a Ford Escort 1.6i Cabriolet (silver in series one and two and Diamond white in series 3). See more »

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Referenced in Come Dine with Me: Northampton: William (2009) See more »

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Recorded by The South Bank Orchestra 1985
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Classic Formula with High Calibre Chemistry
15 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This little 80's-era cop series was elevated by the performance and (obvious) skillful additional writing done by the cast. It was one of the earlier U.K. imports to be played on commercial TV for U.S. audiences (as opposed to public TV like PBS). Those that saw it loved the over-the-top action and smooth, seductive style of Michael Brandon's no-nonsense Brooklyn cop, Dempsey. His counterpart, Makepeace, is the Sloaney skirt who is annoyed by the brash New Yorker's style, but can't quite seem to hate him because he's not only witty, but has good police skills. The chemistry between the Bensonhurst Badboy and the Upper Crusty Lady Makepeace heats up as the seasons progress. The other critical ingredient to the success of this project was (Ray Smith) Gordon Spikings character who is consistently yelling and dropping the hammer on one person or another, as the commander of the unit. Lots of gunplay, explosions, and stunts. Character-wise, it has a flavor not wholly unlike Scarecrow and Mrs. King, which is of a similar vintage. Ironically, the Brits espouse an anti-gun sensibility and create a cop character that fires his .357 revolver at absolutely EVERYTHING - even if he doesn't have a clean shot. As of 2010, there is no region 1 (USA) DVD commercially available from the series. An unfortunate oversight on the part of the owners, since even a small fan base here in the U.S. is as big as a large fan base in another country. They are overlooking the opportunity to re-purpose this content.


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