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.
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Davison somewhat makes this almost watchable but overall poor quality writing/script. His character is so weak and wimpy in this that it is almost painful to watch at times... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Well acted. Peter Davison is excellent. The stories are unusual but interesting. The comedy is so-so.Published 1 month ago by JArmadillo
It is a fun and clever way to spend an hour. Most of the time, I prefer not getting that involved with the characters home life. This series handled it well!Published 2 months ago by Frederick H. Difiore Jr.
This is when I wish I could put down 4.5. It's not quite as gritty as a Bridge or Spiral but it's really cute. Read morePublished 3 months ago by CBack
This was an enjoyable series which I was initially attracted to because of the presence of Peter Davison. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John Nedby
A comedy from the English outlook. This guy is the last dective they would call on to solve a case. He manages to show some capability works things out eventually while his life is... Read morePublished 5 months ago by djdave
If you liked Peter Davison in All Creatures Great and Small and Doctor Who then this is a must. A great series that shows Peter Davison in a different and completely likable role.Published 6 months ago by Walt D