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THE LAST DETECTIVE: COMPLETE COLLECTION

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Britain’s bumbling and beloved detective

Detective Constable "Dangerous" Davies always gets the cases no one else wants--and no one notices when he eventually succeeds. But his old-fashioned decency and dogged determination have won him legions of loyal fans. Collected here are all 17 episodes from the hit British mystery series starring Peter Davison (Doctor Who, All Creatures Great and Small), who plays the beleaguered Davies "with a pitch-perfect mix of self-effacement and irritation at the endless slights from crooks and fellow cops alike" (The Baltimore Sun).

Mocked by colleagues at his small London police station and estranged from his wife, he actually listens to advice from his kooky chum Mod (Sean Hughes, The Commitments). Still, Dangerous manages to make connections that the slicker cops miss and shows that underdogs do have their day.

BONUS PROGRAM: Dangerous Davies: The Last Detective, the 1981 movie starring Bernard Cribbins that tells the same story as series pilot.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE: an interview with Peter Davison, Leslie Thomas bio and booklist, photo galleries, and cast filmographies.

Review

A collection you'll watch repeatedly. -- EInsiders.com

It remains immensely watchable simply because of his [Davison] presence. -- Bullz-Eye

The mysteries themselves are complex and twisty. Just the best! -- PaperMag.com

Unique and charming series -- Film Intuition

With a mixture of comedy and intrigue and suspense, it makes for one of the best police shows I've seen in a long time. -- DVD Corner

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Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Davison, Sean Hughes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: January 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 1200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HZ4K80
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,414 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"The Last Detective: The Complete Collection," comprising all 17 episodes of this superior British television mystery series, is now becoming available in the United States for the first time. The series, a subversive police procedural, was made by Granada for the United Kingdom's Independent Television (ITV). It made its debut on British broadcast television in February 2003, and has never been seen on broadcast TV here, which is our loss, as it is an excellent, character-driven production that offers a light-hearted blend of mystery and comedy similar to that of Poirot Investigates: Eleven Complete Mysteries;Blue Murder: Set 3; or Rosemary & Thyme - The Complete Series. The collection comes at a value-packed price, and offers as a bonus, the 1981 treatment, starring Bernard Cribbins, that tells the same story as this series' pilot.

It's based on the "Dangerous Davies" novels of Leslie Thomas. The veteran, highly thought of, everyman looking Peter Davison (Tristan in All Creatures Great & Small - The Complete Series 1 Collection), stars as the title character, Detective Constable Davies (and it's quite a disgrace for an older man to be only a constable!) He works in the totally unimportant, out of the way, North London precinct of Willesden.
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By Tweeds on January 12, 2009
This is an outstanding series! I'm not alone in this feeling, as the waiting list at the library was a month long . . .

I can't say enough great things about this show - starting with Peter Davison. With just a look he can convey a host of emotions. He plays his character, "Dangerous", with such an understated elegance - he is such a fine and watchable actor.

I also enjoyed his goofy best friend, "Mod". Really - all of the characters in this series are just top flight actors.

I am just so sad to hear that apparently there are no more episodes to be made. I know it is wildly popular show, so maybe this will be reconsidered in the future.
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The LAST DETECTIVE series is best watched in proper order, as there is a gentle story arc to follow. It won't kill the stories for you if you watch them randomly, but in order is best. This series, amazingly, has never aired in the USA. That is our loss! With wit and terrific mysteries, the writers put together 17 episodes about "Dangerous Davies," a milque toast detective whose nickname makes him the butt of yet another joke from his cronies. And yet, Davis is a terrific detective, a truly inquisitive man whose gentle demeanor and insatiable need to make every piece fit have molded him into an unlikely sleuth and yet a brilliant one. Davies' bumbling, perennially unemployed best friend, Mod, and his on-again, off-again sometimes-wife often contribute to the wit and comedy of this non-violent police procedural (which actually turns police procedurals on their head). The mysteries are gripping in that they are engaging rather than violent or suspenseful. You end up intrigued, and it is a joy to watch Davies pick up on tiny details and work them out. Throughout the series, he does earn the grudging respect of at least some of his colleagues, and overall it is a very rewarding series to watch. The end bit of each story, in which he and Mod reflect on things, is always priceless!
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Dangerous Davies is one of the most lovable men who ever lived. He and his immense, slobbering dog. And Mod, the cleverly daft best friend. I've read all the books and why doesn't Leslie Thomas write more? But my friend is deaf, and has read the books, and is so anxious to see the DVD and there are no captions! This is not good. PLEASE...caption this series. It is priceless. I hope there are more of these immensely pleasurable Dangerous Davies episodes. Please, Leslie Thomas, get to writing more and more. Peter Davison is a treaure of a Dangerous.
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I was much too impatient to wait for this all-season collection before buying the DVD's of "The Last Detective", so I've got each season separately. I am very unhappy that there will apparently be no more of the everyman Dangerous Davies, played by Peter Davison. This series evolved dramatically, from more lightweight fun to wrenching themes.

There are 17 shows in all, but they encompass a lot of air time. The shows of the first three seasons were 70 minutes each. The fourth, and last, season had five episodes of 90 minutes each.

The acting is great, including the supporting characters. Dangerous' best friend, Mod (played by Sean Hughes), is maddening and hilarious! A lot of the show's humorous moments come from Dangerous' interactions with Mod. Dangerous' boss, DI Aspinall (Rob Spendlove), has amazing depths, whether unpleasant or surprising. Julia, Dangerous' estranged wife (played by Emma Amos), is a true cipher - certainly Dangerous has trouble figuring her out - and for a time she's a character that you have fun disliking. His snarky co-workers, DS Pimlott and DC Barrett are not fully realized. They put Dangerous down almost as afterthoughts and come through as pretty shallow. It would have been nice to see an episode or two where they're more fully explored.

All in all, the more you watch the show, the more the characters grow on you. The last season's shows are really in depth and thoughtful (as well as entertaining). I highly recommend "The Last Detective".

Happy Reader
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