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The Last Detective 4 Seasons

Season 4
4.7 out of 5 stars (136) 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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1. Once Upon a Time On the Westway

After a daring, £6 million diamond heist, all fingers point to crime boss Jimmy Vincent, released from prison on the very day of the robbery. Soon, however, Jimmy winds up floating facedown in his pool, just after submitting a devastating tell-all memoir to a publisher.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 1 hour, 8 minutes Release date: May 3, 2007
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2. Dangerous' Liaisons

When teenagers find the two-week-old corpse of Dominic Sylvester, everyone in the Willesden constabulary dismisses it as the lonely death of a reclusive old man--everyone, that is, except Davies, who uncovers a homemade snuff film among the dead man's family movies.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 1 hour, 8 minutes Release date: May 10, 2007
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3. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Willesden

Bunny Hopper--half of the almost-famous comedy team Bunny & Jules--dies onstage in a bingo hall, the apparent victim of poison. True to his nickname, Bunny had apparently lead a very active love life, leaving no dearth of suspects for Dangerous to investigate.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 1 hour, 7 minutes Release date: May 17, 2007
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4. The Man from Montevideo

Someone dispatched limo owner Tony Hill by slashing him with a jagged champagne bottle, a tragic end for the former ex-pat recently back from Uruguay to rebuild his life. But delving into Hill's past, Dangerous learns of an assumed identity and a £2 million motive for murder.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 1 hour, 8 minutes Release date: May 24, 2007
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5. Dead Peasant's Society

A dead man found behind the wheel of his car on a soccer pitch leads Davies to the Lodge of Divine Serenity, an exclusive all-male organization with a secret membership list. Dangerous suspects that the club's business involves more than mere community benevolence.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 1 minute Release date: May 31, 2007
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Product Details

Genres Drama, Mystery, Comedy
Director Nick Laughland, 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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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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