The Last Detective (2003– )

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"Dangerous" Davies always gets the cases no one else wants, and no one notices when he eventually succeeds. But his old-fashioned decency and dogged determination have won him legions of loyal fans.

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 DC Davies / ... (17 episodes, 2003-2007)
Sean Hughes ...
 Mod / ... (17 episodes, 2003-2007)
Rob Spendlove ...
 DI Aspinall (17 episodes, 2003-2007)
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 DS Pimlott (17 episodes, 2003-2007)
Billy Geraghty ...
 DC Barrett / ... (17 episodes, 2003-2007)
Emma Amos ...
 Julie Davies (16 episodes, 2003-2007)
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 WPC Kapoor (14 episodes, 2003-2007)
Elizabeth Bennett ...
 Mrs. Dorothy Fulljames / ... (10 episodes, 2003-2007)
Colin MacLachlan ...
 Sergeant Stone (10 episodes, 2003-2005)
Michele Austin ...
 WPC Cheryl (9 episodes, 2003-2005)
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He's gentle, old-fashioned, and decent; nice even when he's drunk. But these qualities only earn Detective Constable "Dangerous" Davies the scorn of his fellow detectives in a small London police station. His boss tells him straight out that he's the last detective he would assign to a major crime-solving mission. Unlucky in love, rumpled, and accident prone, Dangerous muddles on and, with the help of his eccentric friend Mod, he proves the merits of his dogged, unglamorous method. He likes being a detective and, occasionally, he gets to do some good. Written by Bye

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Dangerous Davies: I think I'm being stalked.
Mod Lewis: I knew a woman who wouldn't leave me alone. She'd follow me everywhere, buy me clothes and give me money.
Dangerous Davies: Did you go to the police?
Mod Lewis: No. It'd be a cruel man who'd turn in his own mother.
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One of the best shows on British TV at the moment
14 June 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I'm currently watching the latest series on ITV1 in the UK. This show works for me because of its treatment of the 'everyman' character of Dangerous Davies.

This is a man who you'll usually find in every workplace: the chap who just doesn't fit in. But that doesn't mean that he's not good at his job, only that his colleagues assume that he can't be very good at it because he's not 'one of the lads' at work.

He doesn't have the 'nasty' qualities (nor the ambition) that would help him to rise above the rank of detective constable in the CID. And it's this niceness that seems to be the reason why his marriage has failed.

Peter Davison does a great job of showing that 'nice guys finish last' most of the time, but not all of the time. Meanwhile the script has an appropriate balance of humour and drama. Sean Hughes, as Mod, is also a good character, not only laying on the comedy, but also as a device that allows us to see a bit more of Dangerous's character through their conversations.

I plan to read the books (although they were published a long while back), and will have a look at the Bernard Cribbins film version from the early 80s. But please, please keep this version going for at least another series ITV!!


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