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The Last Detective

4 Seasons

Season 3
4.7 out of 5 stars (122) IMDb 7.9/10

Detective Constable "Dangerous" Davies is gentle, old-fashioned, and decent--even when drunk. But these qualities only earn the scorn of his colleagues, and his boss tells him he's the last detective he would assign to a major crime-solving mission. Dangerous muddles on, and with the help of his friend Mod proves the merits of his dogged method. Peter Davison (All Creatures Great and Small) stars in this witty British series based on Leslie Thomas's novels.

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Peter Davison, Sean Hughes

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Season 3

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1. Friends Reunited

When wealthy mobile-phone magnate Nick Roberts is stabbed at his school reunion, all evidence points to Simon Dabnely--Nick's former best friend, now a bitter drug addict deep in debt. Never content with easy answers, however, Davies actually believes Simon's preposterous alibi and aims to track down the real perpetrator.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 1 hour, 9 minutes Release date: May 29, 2005
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2. Towpaths of Glory

Decorated war veteran Frank Moore met an undignified end--murdered and dumped on a local rubbish heap. In the investigation, Davies turns up the dead man's less-than-blissful domestic life and turbulent business relations. But the soldiers in Frank's former unit may know more about their murdered comrade. The trouble is, they're not talking.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 1 hour, 9 minutes Release date: June 5, 2005
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3. Three Steps to Hendon

Back in the 1970s, the Overnite Sensations topped the pop charts with their smash single, "Yesterday's Boy." Ironically, the song's title aptly describes the fading fame of the group's lead singer, Teddy O'Connor, just before his murder. Interviewing Teddy's former band mates and hangers-on, Davies discovers the dark underside of glam rock.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 1 hour, 9 minutes Release date: June 12, 2005
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4. Willesden Confidential

The death of champion stockcar driver Geoff "The Duke" Fallon seems like an open-and-shut case: a young hoodlum apparently bent on revenge is arrested for sabotaging Fallon's car. But Davies thinks that the case looks too pat to be true. He doggedly pursues the truth despite his boss's orders -- even bringing Julie along for the ride.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 1 hour, 9 minutes Release date: June 19, 2005
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Product Details

Genres Drama, Mystery, Comedy
Director A.J. Quinn, David Tucker
Starring Peter Davison, Sean Hughes
Supporting actors Rob Spendlove, Charles De'Ath, Billy Geraghty, Emma Amos, Vineeta Rishi, Elizabeth Bennett, Colin MacLachlan, Michele Austin, Natasha Williams
Network Acorn Media
Producers Julie Clark, Deirdre Keir, Robbie Sandison
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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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