The Last Detective - Series 4
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Things are looking up for Detective Constable "Dangerous" Davies (Peter Davison, Doctor Who, At Home with the Braithwaites). Sure, he still gets the least promising cases in the Willesden constabulary. And he still gets little more than mockery from his colleagues. But his wife Julie (Emma Amos) has taken him back - even though she has to share a house with his quirky, freeloading chum, Mod (Sean Hughes, The Commitments). These five full-length mysteries feature first-rate guest stars, including Kenneth Cranham (Rome), Roger Daltrey (McVicar), and Leslie Phillips (Chancer). Each one rewards you with the gentle humor and captivating intrigue that youve come to expect from North Londons most doggedly unglamorous detective.
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE interview with Peter Davison, Leslie Thomas bio and booklist, and cast filmographies.
- Interview with Peter Davison
- Leslie Thomas bio and booklist
- Cast filmographies
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great show! It hooked me on the first episode and I binge watched. I was really sad when I got to the last episode because I didn't want to stop watching.Published 3 hours ago by Emilia Harrington
Loved this series. It was so well acted, and the humor was great. Loved the way the "reveal" unfolded. Never seemed to be able to figure out who had done it. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Judith Thon
I enjoyed The Last Detective - all seasons - very much! I have no idea if there are/will be more seasons - but I am hooked!Published 1 day ago by Janet L. Howard
Good actors, interesting plots, down to earth touch, very enjoyable. Actor who plays Dangerous is brilliant! Keep the episodes coming!Published 8 days ago by Lucy R.
Love the main character! The mysteries keep you guessing until the end!Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Cute, clever, enjoyable cast and plots. Loved the humor, as well.Published 10 days ago by R.E. Pence