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The Last Detective - Series 3

4.7 out of 5 stars 121 customer reviews

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Beleaguered by life and belittled by his colleagues, "Dangerous" Davies (Peter Davison, Doctor Who, All Creatures Great and Small) cracks four all-new cases in the detective series that has delighted legions of loyal fans. These newest full-length mysteries find Davies still slogging along in the Willesden constabulary, with promotion no more than a pipe dream. He’s still sharing a flat with Mod (Sean Hughes, The Commitments), the oddest of odd ducks. And he’s still trying to rekindle a romantic spark with his estranged wife, Julie (Emma Amos). On the job, Dangerous always gets the cases no one else wants—and no one notices when he eventually succeeds. You’ll surely notice, though, as you chuckle at the foibles of the screen’s most endearingly disrespected detective.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE Leslie Thomas bio and booklist, and cast filmographies.

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It's hard to imagine a more put-upon cop than "Dangerous" Davies. Not quite financially solvent, Davies (played with wry humanity by the great character actor Peter Davison), still has a (very odd) flat mate, still is trying to jumpstart his marriage to the long-suffering Julie--and still finds himself swimming against the tide when it comes to solving crimes. In this cracking collection of four richly layered episodes, Davies seems to be finally comfortable with his role as odd man out, as he works on murder cases and follows leads that his colleagues and irritated boss can't fathom. Yet like all the great screen detectives, Davies picks up on the tiniest inconsistencies and refuses to tie up cases neatly--despite nearly all evidence to the contrary. In "Friends Reunited," a delicious opportunity presents itself with a school reunion of mates who ended up on very different paths--with resentments that have simmered for decades. When a rich mogul ends up dead, a deadbeat addict is fingered--but it doesn't sit right with Davies. As he tries to crack the case, the assortment of oddballs around him provide the slyest of comic relief; his flat mate, Mod, needs Davies to vacate the apartment so he can entertain the gorgeous Edith, a Norwegian who's "with the circus." Davies: "Ah... trapeze?" Mod: "No, she takes the tickets--and she's got the perfect looks for it, too." Extras include a biography of author Leslie Thomas, who created the novels with Dangerous Davies, and cast filmographies. Here's to living Dangerous-ly. --A.T. Hurley

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  • Leslie Thomas bio and booklist
  • Cast filmographies

Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Davison, Sean Hughes, Emma Amos
  • Directors: Matthew Evans (III), Douglas Mackinnon, Ferdinand Fairfax, Nick Hurran, Gavin Millar
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, 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: May 15, 2007
  • Run Time: 276 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NJMJGQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,113 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Last Detective - Series 3" on IMDb

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I wrote a review for this set previously, but as I'd already gushed about season 2, I felt that was enough and I deleted my review (thanks Amazon for this feature). However, I've decided to re-post a review. This show started as a light detective series about a put-upon detective who was the last detective his boss would assign to an important case. The show has progressed nicely, though, to the point where, in season 3, Dangerous Davies, the Last Detective, is now the backbone of his department. His antagonistic co-workers and goofy buddy Mod have slid to the side, his boss is facing personal demons, and his wife is beginning, perhaps?, to see the strength in Peter Davison's character. No longer really a laughingstock, Dangerous in this season shows himself a capable detective and a strong character upon whom others may rely. Good shows keep getting better in their early years, and the Last Detective is such a show. It is a gratifying tonic to the increased violence and explicit nature of cop and detective shows now appearing in both the USA and Britain. Great stuff, and on my short list of favorites, along with Rumpole, Due South (seasons 1 & 2), Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, Briscoe County, and Yes (Prime) Minister. Shows about good people doing the right thing and finding strength inside their fallible selves.
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I am not the smoothest reviewer on the Internets but since there were only six reviews of TLD3, one of them a splenetic one-star for mention of the "diety"[sic], I feel I must weigh in.

THE LAST DETECTIVE is the perfect mystery series for the modern Anglo-friendly viewer. It sets the exact light, self-deprecating, mildly serious tone the subject matter deserves. From the score and title to the acting of the leads, character roles and guest stars, we are given a gift of a visit to Dangerous Davies's world: bracing, bittersweet, rich in detail and fully alive with modern drama.

I suppose there are other actors (Britain is certainly rich with them) who could have filled out the title role, but what Peter Davison has done with it is a landmark realisation on the order of Columbo or THE SWEENEY'S Regan. Every wrinkle of the middling Everyman with his slyly revealed backbone of steel is brought to life in Davison's performance. You genuinely care about this man and his relationship with his sneering colleagues, his daft buddies, his admiring subordinates and his Fellini-elf of a not quite ex wife. You'd like to have a pint at the pub with him, and you'd love him to look into your missing Bentley while he was at it.

I strongly urge US and world viewers who enjoyed, for example, the superb LIFE ON MARS (UK) and, going back, Inspector Morse and Prime Suspect, to start at series 1 and get to know Dangerous, his whisky- and magnesia-swilling Gov, and his whole crew. You will not be sorry.
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Not very many leading characters on television are admirable. Peter Davison played an underappreciated detective whose only flaw seems to be being too nice. I genuinely disliked his wife for treating him so poorly. He had enough difficulties with the rest of the policemen he worked with. I adored this show. I highly recommend it to those who enjoy mysteries.
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I enjoyed watching this program. It's funny, heartwarming, with excellent acting. It's a pity that it has only 4 seasons. Wished it had more. I highly recommend it. I prefer British detective programs.
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A good combination of mystery and comedy with excellent character. A light-hearted program without the violence usually associated with other crime shows. He is a nice guy and you can't help liking​ him.
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Another enjoyable show from the BBC! As a long time fan of Peter Davison, I enjoyed this series. The stories are light and he plays a lovable 'schnook' . If you are sick of ugly, graphic, bloody, mean-spirited detective shows, then you will enjoy this one with its touches of both pathos and humor. All the characters are balanced well against Peter especially his quirky sidekick. The only character I didn't enjoy was his ex-wife, but then she is the type the nice-guys usually get.
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This series is very entertaining. The lead detective is played by an English actor who seems like "the guy next door." Good humor is mixed in with the murder which makes for a very fun evening of binge watching.
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The plots are well written totally lacking in gratuitous sex or violence. Such contrast with the U.S.
Detective Dangerous is superb as the lead and his sidekick Mod is incredible.
Another ensemble show, I especially enjoy Dangerous' superior and the other two cops in the office.
Finally, the detective's wife (who looks very familiar from other British TV) does well as his wife and should probably get more lines.
I'm on season 4 and sad that I'm on my final episode. I hope there is more to come...I don't know when this series was made.
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