It's been quite a few years since I've watched the first two series on DVD, and last time I saw the third would have been one of its TV outings. This show was huge when it first aired. I think there would have been a lot of hype about the premiere, because I can remember the anticipation and excitement of watching. And it ticked all the boxes of being new and thrilling. Michael Brandon's wisecracks; Glynis Barber's hairdo; the sporty cars; the guns; the action sequences; Alan Parker's pulse-pounding theme and dark score. I couldn't get enough of it, which meant I was the one buying the novels and getting D&M themed Christmas presents like the annuals and a set of motorised toy cars which I still have in the attic somewhere. The opening ten minutes, showing Dempsey's life as a cop in New York is quite well done. At a guess I'd say all the recognisable NY locations in establishing shots are either second unit or even stock footage with London's docklands and studios doubling for scenes, but the flavour feels spot on and great casting for the "American" stuff. If Chris Cagney had been one of Dempsey's colleagues it wouldn't have felt out of place. Something for the fanfics, perhaps. More than anything else this time round, I was immediately struck by Brandon's screen presence. He just oozes with it. The camera loves him and I just can't take my eyes off his eyes. There's more than a hint of Hoffman or Pacino to him. With a dash of Hugh Jackman thrown in for good measure. There was a nice piece of business where Dempsey repeatedly used the wrong name for a suspect. The first time Makepeace corrected him and all the following times he corrected himself. I found myself wondering if it started as a genuine fluff that got saved and worked in to become a character bit. Whatever the case, I like it and it added a bit of naturalism to the show's brand of hyper reality. A feature-length premiere felt luxurious then, and it still does. The procedural story is standard fare, but it feels special because of the "origin" story, the introduction to the sexual tension between the two leads and the screwball comedy situations. The first scene between the two leads is great fun, with Barber borrowing Jacki Piper's Cockney accent from Carry On At Your Convenience and throwing in some nasel nail technician for good measure. Ray Smith's Spikings is a joy. Not to mention incredibly quotable. If times had been different I'd have suspected each of Spikings' lines was written specifically to be meme-friendly. He's post-Cowley Cowley, of course. And a better man for the job I can't think of. In fact I wanted to go with a quote of his for the thread title, but I had second thoughts just in case "Are you offering me a bloody Yank?" caused offence. It does sum up the show's glorious clash of cultures rather well, I think. Speaking of which, I suppose there may be a slightly canny marketing ploy behind the Anglo-American casting of the leads. But I'm not going to worry about that when it creates an additional layer of tension. Having recently watched Two's Company for the first time I can see some similarities in the characterisations of the unapologetically brash, straight down the line New Yorker and the proper, upper crust Brit and the clashes it leads to. Dempsey is shown to be the hermetic type, ignorant - even intolerant - of culture and language outside of his home country, shown particularly by his repeated "correction" of Spikings and Harry's pronunciation of the word "Lieutenant". And it's definitely a two-way street, as demonstrated by Spikings' "bloody Yank" quote and Harry's apology-stroke-warning of "he's an American" when introducing Dempsey to her contact in Fortum & Mason. It promises to be a fun ride.