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The Last Detective - Series 4

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Britain’s most bumbling but beloved detective

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 you’ve come to expect from North London’s most doggedly unglamorous detective.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE interview with Peter Davison, Leslie Thomas bio and booklist, and cast filmographies.

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It's hard to imagine a more put-upon cop than Detective Constable "Dangerous" Davies, who was given that nickname by mocking colleagues. But as played with heart and sly wit by Peter Davison, Dangerous has a knack for solving impossible crimes and piecing together connections where others have long since given up. The Last Detective is one of England's most popular crime series, and that's saying something in a country proud of its Marples and Poirots. And much of the series' pleasure comes from Davison's performance, as well as the series' clever writing and humor. This boxed set--featuring five full-length feature episodes and loads of extras--finds things looking up, ever so slightly, for Davies, whose long-suffering wife, Julie, has taken him back (though slacker pal Mod, the hilariously understated Sean Hughes, is still hanging about). In "Once Upon a Time on the Westway," Dangerous investigates a brazen diamond heist that takes place on the day a mob boss is released from prison. And this don has decided to tell all in a memoir being shopped around London--naming all sorts of names. The cast is fabulous, including The Who's Roger Daltrey as a limping consigliore reminiscent of Kevin Spacey in The Usual Suspects. The viewer is struck by how civilized even British crime is, as Dangerous takes mobsters out for a pint to chat them up about the crime. The respect that the bad guys have for Dangerous is just further proof that Davies' reputation, and watchability, are no fluke. Another round, boys. --A.T. Hurley

Special Features

  • Interview with Peter Davison
  • Leslie Thomas bio and booklist
  • Cast filmographies

Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Davison
  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: April 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 342 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011FLGU6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,116 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Last Detective - Series 4" on IMDb

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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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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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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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"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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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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My only complaint about this enjoyable show was there weren't enough episodes. I wish it hadn't been cancelled so I could be watching it instead of another mystery series I am watching instead. I was happy he and his wife reconciled which meant I didn't have to dislike Julie any more. Dangerous was faithful to her, so he deserved her loyalty. It was a great show.
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