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Dempsey and Makepeace

“A GOLDEN EAGLE Production for London Weekend Television” Ah dear. That ace theme couldn’t paper over the flakiness of this one-eye-on-flogging-it-to-the-Yanks effort, wherein New York cop MICHAEL BRANDON teams up with landed gentry LADY GLYNIS BARBER to fight crime on the bonechilling streets of Bloomsbury. Scouse boss Gordon Spikings (RAY SMITH) always acted like he didn’t give a shit.



  1. Glenn A

    July 5, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Oh come on, what would you sooner have on a Saturday night, a rigged talent contest that is like watching paint dry or a pair of crimefighters taking on gangsters and terrorists in London. 14 million people seemed to think Dempsey and Makepeace were worth it.

  2. Richard16378

    July 6, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    I was just thinking today how ITV seem to make OK programmes only when they really try, & normally just make the minimum effort, even when ratings & ad revenue is really low.

  3. THX 1139

    July 26, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Ray Smith was Welsh, not Scouse, hence the Welsh accent. This series appeared to have been designed for those who believe Brannigan is the best John Wayne movie. Which it is, of course. Only joking. Or am I?

  4. Joanne Gray

    February 10, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    I loved this show (well, I spent a lot of time fantasising about Michael Brandon – but what red blooded teenage girl didn’t back then?) and found it an adequate replacement for The Professionals.

  5. Glenn Aylett

    July 25, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    Re runs on ITV 4 have proven how good this series was, and being made on location, hasn’t dated it as badly as BBC dramas of this era. Also the car chases, brusque boss in the form of Spikings and daft plots owe quite a lot to The Professionals.

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