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As disrespected, disheveled, and endearingly dedicated as ever, Detective Constable "Dangerous" Davies (Peter Davison, Doctor Who, All Creatures Great and Small) returns to solve four new, full-length mysteries. His wife left him, his coworkers sarcastically dubbed him "Dangerous," and his boss called him the "last detective" expected to crack a big case. He even listens to advice from his kooky chum Mod (Sean Hughes, The Commitments). Still, Dangerous manages to make connections that slicker chaps in the North London constabulary miss. Whether investigating the mysterious deaths of a would-be artist, a medical researcher, an unknown victim under a high-speed train, or a pretty Kosovan refugee, Davies shows that underdogs do have their day.

"Witty and well-plotted" —TV Times

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Peter Davison is one of Britain's finest, most versatile actors, and creates a complex, counterintuitively compelling lead character in the British mystery series The Last Detective. The second series finds our unassuming detective inspector, "Dangerous" Davies (the nickname's ironic, blokes), quietly piecing together mysteries that the rest of the police force can hardly be bothered with. Davison makes Davies one of TV's unlikeliest heroes, and one of its most appealing: we see his self-doubts, personal pains (a not-quite-ex-wife whom he still loves dearly), and detective thought processes all expressed fleetingly across his craggy face. In one of the four excellent episodes here, "Dangerous and the Lonely Hearts," for instance, the case begins with the inconsequential incident of a child's shoplifting--but because of Davies' dogged investigation, layers of malice and intrigue are pulled back, revealing immigrant desperation, a shady matchmaking agency, and murder. As Dangerous methodically explores the case, his coworkers affectionately deride him and he struggles with his own demons. Yet almost obliquely, Davies manages to home in on the human weaknesses that inevitably lead to bad behavior--sometimes, his own included. Davison, whose storied British career includes standout roles in All Creatures Great and Small and Dr. Who, only gets better as an actor over the years, and this offbeat but oddly endearing series is a knockout showcase for his acting talents. Extras include a biography and bibliography for Leslie Thomas, author and creator of the Dangerous Davies mystery novels; a photo gallery, and filmographies of the impressive cast. --A.T. Hurley

Special Features

  • 4 feature length episodes on 2 discs
  • Leslie Thomas bio and booklist
  • Photo gallery
  • Cast filmographies

Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Davison, Colin MacLachlan, Peter Jonfield, Charles De'Ath, Billy Geraghty
  • Directors: David Tucker, Ferdinand Fairfax, Gavin Millar, Moira Armstrong
  • Writers: Leslie Thomas, Michael Aitkens, Richard Harris, Russell Lewis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: October 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 276 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H5U5MQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,407 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Last Detective - Series 2" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

It has good plots and great characters.
Zann
The thing is that his co-workers are the type that you like to see them fall on their faces.
Bugchaser56
The series is about a very smart and persistant detective who is always underestimated.
Scottie

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By dooby on December 2, 2006
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This enjoyable low-key British crime drama continues with Peter Davison as the under-appreciated, constantly bullied, but well-loved copper, DC Davies. Following his eviction by his landlady, he is now forced to live with his idiosyncratic friend Mod (Sean Hughes). His estranged wife, Julie (Emma Amos), doesn't appear until the 2nd episode and this season we get to see a less pleasant side of her. The second season doesn't have quite as much interaction between Davies and his friends and colleagues as I would have like. This was its appeal to me in the first season. Here it focuses more on the crime solving and mystery element. The mysteries however don't have quite the polish of those from Arthur Conan Doyle, P.D. James or Agatha Christie. Still they serve as moderately intriguing puzzlers. Again, just 4 episodes in this season. British seasons are so painfully short. Thankfully the episodes last a good 70-minutes each.

Episode 1 (Christine) finds Davies looking into the mysterious demise of a rich painter, apparently burnt to death in his own locked room. Suspicion falls on the young, alluringly beautiful and not too grieving widow, Christine (the very sexy Susan Vidler). Mod comes up with his usual crackpot theory: spontaneous human combustion.

Episode 2 (The Long Bank Holiday) finds Davies bullied into working over the Easter weekend. He helps an Indian pharmacist settle a dispute with a racist neighbour and then discovers a horde of buried bones in the man's backyard. An apparent suicide on the train tracks and the disappearance of a prisoner on home-leave are tied together by a murder that happened 20 years ago.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chicago to DC to the boonies on November 7, 2006
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I bought season 1 unseen, and watched every episode twice within two weeks. I thought one episode was weak but the others were great. I liked every episode of season two very much--no weak episodes here. Dangerous Davies is supposedly the last detective his boss would send out on a case, but in season two he gets more responsibility and at times seems to be the intended chief investigator on real murder cases. Still, most episodes begin with him being put in an embarassing situation to keep his image as the butt of department jokes. There are no cheap shocks in the series, rather it is an enjoyable show featuring a decent and dogged detective. Almost all the criminals and suspects like him because he's unprepossessing, direct, and sympathetic or at least understanding. Peter Davison was a bit bland as Campion, but he's excellent here, very decent and put upon, but not weak or feckless, in fact he shows some impishness and unexpected forcefulness at times this season. His body language and facial expressions clearly convey what he is thinking and feeling as his cases progress. Likewise, while Campion's almost-two hour shows dragged at times, the one-hour format makes for great pacing here. Davies's friend Mod is also a treat--a combination of self-impressed intellectual, gullible self-improver, and deluded expert on all things who is charming in his goofy way. I'm looking forward to season three and the apparently in-progress season four in the future. One of my favorite TV series, without a doubt.
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The last detective is Detective Constable Davies --"Dangerous" Davies to his coworkers. He's the least likely cop to find himself in a dangerous situation, or so they think, and his boss has said that Davies is the last detective he'd ever assign to an important case. Davies (Peter Davison) may be a bit of a plodder, may be too nice for his own good, but he's also thorough, conscientious and firmly committed to find the bad guys wherever the search takes him. In The Last Detective series, Davies' cases always start out being mundane and, on the surface, uncomplicated. But Dangerous Davies has a habit of uncovering hidden motives, long-ago murders, ruthless ambitions and, just about as often, victims who have no other resource than Davies' commitment to justice.

So far, so good. Davies is played by Peter Davison with immense likability. Davison made his acting name as Tristan Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small nearly thirty years ago. He has gone on to play all sorts of characters, from the well-bred gentleman detective Albert Campion to the good doctor himself in Dr. Who. Davison is one of these people you like as soon as you see him. That's a vital element in the success of The Last Detective series. The tough fact is that Davies is really the only likable character in the series. His best friend, Mod Lewis (Sean Hughes), is such a fey character that Mod seems more like just a writer's device than anything else. The friendship between the nice-guy Davies and the off-the-wall Mod is never explained and seems unlikely. Davies' estranged wife, whom he wants to get back together with, comes across in every scene they share as petulant and selfish. The two detectives he works with who constantly put him down are simply unpleasant.
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