The Last Detective 4 Seasons 2007

Season 4
(97) IMDb 7.8/10

3. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Willesden TV-NR CC

Bunny Hopper--half of the almost-famous comedy team Bunny & Jules--dies onstage in a bingo hall, the apparent victim of poison. True to his nickname, Bunny had apparently lead a very active love life, leaving no dearth of suspects for Dangerous to investigate.

Starring:
Peter Davison, Will Ashcroft
Runtime:
1 hour, 8 minutes
Original air date:
May 17, 2007

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Season 4

Product Details

Genres Drama, Mystery, Comedy
Director Douglas Mackinnon
Starring Peter Davison, Will Ashcroft
Supporting actors Joanna Brookes, Toby Jones, Carli Norris, Barbara Thorn, Teresa Churcher, Susan Aderin, Russ Abbot, Roy Hudd, Sean Hughes, Emma Amos, Jake Smith, Charles De'Ath, Vineeta Rishi, Billy Geraghty, Rob Spendlove, Elizabeth Bennett, Adrian Hood, Meg Wynn Owen
Season year 2007
Network Acorn Media
Producers Michele Buck, Nick Hurran, Robbie Sandison, Tim Vaughan
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Roy Anderson on June 29, 2008
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Peter Davison is superb, in this highly unusual series.

The supporting cast, too, are all highly enjoyable and convincing. The fact that Davison the hard working, plodding but, in the end brilliant detective, is such a wuss regarding his estranged wife, was brilliant in its conception. It is always good to have heroes who have Achilles heels!

This series is brilliant and extremely well directed. Everyone, who enjoys a good detective yarn and a genuine smile, should see it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Questio Verum on December 22, 2012
I stumbled onto The Last Detective as part of my exploration of every Britsh crime show I could find. I almost didn't watch beyond the first episode because I favor heavier fare and this felt rather like a redux of the Murder, She Wrote genre--relatively light in tone, a mystery to solve, a bit of humor and on to next week.

But I was wrong. The series *is* rather light. Mod is a gem, the pranks are funny, and we get a steady influx of episodic suspects that range from sinister to clownish. But beyond the mysteries two aspects of TLD make it special: the regular cast is spot on perfect and the writers had the sense to create arcs that continued throughout the series, giving it more than a one-and-done feel.

It is the characters and their relationships that drive the series through four seasons, and that keep the viewer coming back. Sure, the mysteries are fun and often titillating but it is Davies' plight and his relationships with Mod, Julie, DI Aspinall, WPC Kapoor and even those losers Pimlott and Barrett that hook you. Davies somehow manages to be victimized yet refuses to be a victim. He manages to be a good person when circumstances beg for him to turn foul. He believes in humanity when it tries to convince him he shouldn't. He respects others, even those who may not deserve it. That is to say, self doubts and all, he is okay with who he is in this world, a damn fine trait. He reminds me somewhat of Christopher Foyle from Foyle's War in that respect. I'd be honored to share a drink with either of them.

Only complaint: I could have used a few more seasons.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By U. Delong on June 15, 2008
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Excellent follow-up to previous 3 series. The actors have come to really "own" the roles. The story lines are excellent with a good mixture of mystery, humor and toughness.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lou Novacheck on April 10, 2008
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"The last detective. That's what you are, Dangerous -- the last detective I'll ever think of, unless it's a crap job, see? Then you'll be the first." -- Rob Spendlove as Detective Inspector Aspinall, The Last Detective: Series 1

The Last Detective is a very popular television series in England, and the first volume of the fourth series is just being released tomorrow. Peter Davison plays Constable "Dangerous" Davies, the lowest man on the totem pole inside the detective division of the Willesden constabulary.
Davies is the British Rodney Dangerfield, getting no respect from anybody, neither his colleagues, his wife, nor the people he meets in the course of his duties. The series title comes from Dangerous' boss at the cop shop, whom all call Gov, or Governor. Gov is arrogant, quick to criticize Davies, and just as quick to give Davies' colleagues the better assignments. Gov and Dangerous are constantly at loggerheads because, although Dangerous is the office's patsy, he's also usually the one who picks up on the clues that the others miss, and who follows up on things that should have been followed up on, but weren't. He's also inevitably the one who figures out the perpetrator of the crime of each of the episodes. But Dangerous still gets no respect.
It doesn't come up in the five episodes on this DVD, but there's a good chance that Dangerous got his name because he's dangerous mainly to himself, constantly getting into embarrassingly funny situations at least once per episode. In the opening episode, "Once Upon A Time On The Westway," less than five minutes into the action Dangerous is nearly impaled on the top of a fence he's trying to scale.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Randleman on May 2, 2008
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The Last Detective series involves real life situations which keep you on the edge of your seat. The acting and production values are first rate.
There is none of the typical "formula" that many detective series seem to be hampered with. There is a balance of violence to heart felt human emotions and even when the endings are not resolved always satifactory, there again, it is like real life. Not all of life's problems and situations are wrapped up with a neat ribbon. You are able to experiece the drama of looking in at what is happening around Detective Dangerous, the good the bad and the ugly. Peter Davison, as Detective Dangerous is someone we can identify with for his humanity, humor, and his ability to handle his life in the police force,while holding on to his integrity. He is someone we root for and admire.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By wtw2 on July 20, 2008
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You really should start with Series 1 to get the full flavor of the character. However, as with all of the British detective series, the acting, character development, dialogue and plots are great. His side kick is somewhat annoying at times but as I said if you start at the beginning, even he is likable. Generally speaking there is nothing on US television to compare with the British series.
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