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The Last Detective: Season 4: Episode 5 -- 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.

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Writer:
Richard Harris (developed for television by)
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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Release Date:
7 February 2003 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
"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. Full summary »
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 10 of 11)

Peter Davison ... DC Davies / ... (17 episodes, 2003-2007)

Sean Hughes ... Mod / ... (17 episodes, 2003-2007)
Rob Spendlove ... DI Aspinall (17 episodes, 2003-2007)

Charles De'Ath ... DS Pimlott (17 episodes, 2003-2007)
Billy Geraghty ... DC Barrett / ... (17 episodes, 2003-2007)
Emma Amos ... Julie Davies (16 episodes, 2003-2007)
Vineeta Rishi ... 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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Series Directed by
David Tucker (3 episodes, 2004-2007)
Douglas Mackinnon (2 episodes, 2003-2007)
Matthew Evans (2 episodes, 2003-2005)
Moira Armstrong (2 episodes, 2004-2005)
 
Series Writing credits
Richard Harris (17 episodes, 2003-2007)
Leslie Thomas (17 episodes, 2003-2007)
Russell Lewis (3 episodes, 2004-2005)
Tim Vaughan (3 episodes, 2004-2005)
Matthew Thomas (3 episodes, 2005-2007)
Ed McCardie (2 episodes, 2007)

Series Produced by
Michele Buck .... executive producer (11 episodes, 2003-2007)
Nick Hurran .... producer / series producer (11 episodes, 2003-2007)
Tim Vaughan .... executive producer (11 episodes, 2003-2007)
Robbie Sandison .... producer / line producer (9 episodes, 2004-2007)
David Mason .... line producer (4 episodes, 2004)
Julie Clark .... line producer (2 episodes, 2002-2003)

Deirdre Keir .... producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Rupert Gregson-Williams (8 episodes, 2005-2007)
Alastair King (5 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Cinematography by
Derek Suter (5 episodes, 2005-2007)
Chris O'Dell (4 episodes, 2005-2007)

James Aspinall (unknown episodes)
Kevin Rudge (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Paul Garrick (4 episodes, 2003-2007)
David Head (2 episodes, 2003)

John Richards (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting by
Susie Parriss (8 episodes, 2005-2007)
 
Series Production Design by
Jim Grant (8 episodes, 2005-2007)
 
Series Art Direction by
Beckie Harvey (5 episodes, 2005-2007)
Sally Reynolds (4 episodes, 2005-2007)
 
Series Costume Design by
Louise Walker (8 episodes, 2005-2007)

Nic Ede (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Juliette Tomes .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 2004-2005)
Stella O'Farrell .... makeup designer (4 episodes, 2005)
Pamela Haddock .... makeup designer (3 episodes, 2007)
Paula Price .... makeup artist / makeup designer (3 episodes, 2007)

Susie Munachen .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Katia Sisto .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Penny Smith .... makeup designer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Jason Waller .... unit manager (7 episodes, 2003-2007)
Sue Bunyan .... production manager (5 episodes, 2005-2007)
Alasdair Whitelaw .... post-production supervisor (4 episodes, 2005)
Farley Thomson .... post-production supervisor (4 episodes, 2007)
Russell Turner .... unit manager (3 episodes, 2005)

Gail Kennett .... executive in charge of production (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nick Troth .... first assistant director (5 episodes, 2005-2007)
Sean Clayton .... second assistant director (5 episodes, 2007)
Chantelle Stoffel .... third assistant director (5 episodes, 2007)
Ian Easton .... third assistant director (4 episodes, 2005)
Jon Older .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 2004)
Adam O'Brien .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 2005)
Francesco Reidy .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 2005)
Lee Tailor .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 2005)
Kieron Phipps .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 2007)

David Crabtree .... first assistant director (unknown episodes, 2002)
Jeff Taylor .... second assistant director (unknown episodes, 2002)
Peter Freeman .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
Martin Harrison .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
Diane Kasperowicz .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Iain Lawrence .... third assistant director (unknown episodes)
Patrick James Stephens .... first assistant director: second unit (unknown episodes)
Rachel Stone .... third assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Dave Brock .... property master (8 episodes, 2005-2007)
Rachel Heady .... stand-by art director (8 episodes, 2005-2007)
Dan Taylor .... art department assistant (4 episodes, 2003)
Max De Nett .... stand-by props (4 episodes, 2005-2007)
Colin McKenzie .... dressing props (4 episodes, 2005-2007)
Vince Ball .... stand-by carpenter (4 episodes, 2005)
Natalie Jackson .... art department assistant (4 episodes, 2005)
Terry Jones .... production buyer (4 episodes, 2005)
Mike Smith .... production buyer (4 episodes, 2007)
Rob Sellers .... stand-by props (2 episodes, 2005)
Darren Wisker .... dressing props (2 episodes, 2005)
Steve Rook .... dressing props (2 episodes, 2007)
Steve Watson .... stand-by props (2 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Sound Department
Rowena Wilkinson .... foley artist (8 episodes, 2004-2005)
Jamie Caple .... dialogue editor (5 episodes, 2007)
Marc Lawes .... sound effects editor (5 episodes, 2007)
Billy Mahoney .... dubbing mixer (5 episodes, 2007)
Tim Partridge .... sound maintenance engineer (5 episodes, 2007)
Steve Phillips .... sound recordist (5 episodes, 2007)
Keith Batten .... boom operator (4 episodes, 2004)
Alistair Crocker .... sound mixer (4 episodes, 2004)
James Harbour .... sound assistant (4 episodes, 2004)
Orin Beaton .... sound maintenance engineer (4 episodes, 2005)
Stephen Griffiths .... sound effects editor (4 episodes, 2005)
Steve Haynes .... dubbing mixer (4 episodes, 2005)
Maurice Hillier .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2005)
Ian Wilkinson .... dialogue editor (4 episodes, 2005)

David Smithers .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
John Taylor .... sound recordist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Joe Halford .... special effects crew: special effects (4 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Stunts
Denise Ryan .... stunt coordinator (8 episodes, 2005-2007)
Elaine Ford .... stunt coordinator (3 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Jonathan Earp .... focus puller (9 episodes, 2005-2007)
Gabriel Hyman .... clapper loader (9 episodes, 2005-2007)
Terry Lewis .... gaffer (9 episodes, 2005-2007)
Dave Owen .... gaffer (8 episodes, 2003-2004)
Mark Thomas .... best boy (6 episodes, 2005-2007)
Trevor Coop .... camera operator (5 episodes, 2007)
Julia Curtin .... camera trainee (4 episodes, 2003)
John Robinson .... grip (4 episodes, 2003)
Jamie Harcourt .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2005)
Terry Pate .... grip (4 episodes, 2005)
Michael Scanlon .... camera assistant (3 episodes, 2007)
Micky Patten .... grip (2 episodes, 2007)
John Powell .... electrician (2 episodes, 2007)
John Rake .... grip (2 episodes, 2007)
Ben Suter .... electrician (2 episodes, 2007)

Jacob Barrie .... second assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Jason Coop .... second assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Wayne King .... electrician (unknown episodes)
Gordon Segrove .... focus puller: "b" camera (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Chuck Douglas .... extras casting (5 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lisa Brindley .... costume assistant (5 episodes, 2005-2007)
Steve O'Sullivan .... costume supervisor (5 episodes, 2007)
Christof Roche-Gordon .... costume assistant (4 episodes, 2003)
Anna Palmgren .... costume supervisor (4 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Editorial Department
Chris Beeton .... colorist (8 episodes, 2005-2007)
Dan Crinnion .... assistant editor (8 episodes, 2005-2007)
Simon Giblin .... on-line editor (5 episodes, 2004-2005)
William Chetwynd .... conform editor (4 episodes, 2003)
Richard Cradick .... on-line editor (4 episodes, 2007)

Cas Casey .... on-line editor (unknown episodes)
Gerald Morris .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Lorne Balfe .... composer: additional music (4 episodes, 2005)

Alastair King .... composer: additional music (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Mark Beeton .... unit driver (5 episodes, 2007)
David Barry .... transportation coordinator (4 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Other crew
Laurence Parker .... production accountant (9 episodes, 2005-2007)
Gabriel Silver .... script editor (8 episodes, 2005-2007)
Sam Donovan .... script supervisor (5 episodes, 2005-2007)
Sarah Sandison .... production secretary (5 episodes, 2005-2007)
Naomi Philipson .... press officer (5 episodes, 2007)
Sandra Powell .... picture publicist (5 episodes, 2007)
Hans Van Der Werf .... location manager (4 episodes, 2003-2007)
Sue Bunyan .... production coordinator (4 episodes, 2004-2005)
Sara Clark .... production secretary (4 episodes, 2004)
Gail Kennett .... production executive (4 episodes, 2005)
Laura Robinson .... production secretary (4 episodes, 2005)
Scott Jacobson .... production assistant (4 episodes, 2007)
Jon Williams .... production executive (4 episodes, 2007)
Richard Godfrey .... location manager (3 episodes, 2003-2007)
Nadine Jammal Gibbs .... production runner (3 episodes, 2005)
Darren O'Connell .... floor runner (3 episodes, 2005)
Robin Pim .... location manager (3 episodes, 2005)
Helen Stanley .... production secretary (2 episodes, 2003)
Kelly Bradley .... production staff (2 episodes, 2004)
Caroline Skinner .... script editor (2 episodes, 2004)
Lindsay Grant .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 2005)
Irene Chawko .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 2007)

Nuala Alen-Buckley .... production accountant (unknown episodes)
Sarah Hayward .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
Fiona McGuire .... production executive (unknown episodes)
 

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UK:60 min (including commercials) (4 episodes) (season 1) | UK:90 min (including commercials) (4 episodes) (season 2) | UK:90 min (including commercials) (4 episodes) (season 3)
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Quotes:
[Dangerous is trying to give Mod a driving lesson. As Mod is changing gear, he crunches the gears]
Mod Lewis:That didn't sound too healthy, Dangerous. When did you last have this thing serviced?
Dangerous Davies:[yells] Clutch! Clutch! Depress the clutch! And I don't mean tell it your life story.
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Both Mystery and Humour, 24 April 2009
Author: gpeevers from Canada

The Last Detective is a British series that combines good detective stories with a character study and a fair bit of humor especially for the genre.

Detective "Dangerous" Davies (Peter Davison) has the lowly rank of Constable despite having reached his middle years, he is kind and considerate to everyone, but his colleagues have mockingly nicknamed him Dangerous and his superiors have overlooked him. In fact Davies boss Detective Inspector Aspinall has said he will consider Davies to be last detective, the last to be considered for any investigation unless it meaningless and boring, in which case he will be first.

Davies in the midst of an amicable divorce from his wife and they share custody of their massive dog. His closest friend Mod is both philosophical and underemployed, because of this he often acts as a sounding board for his friend both for aspects of his work and his personal life.

The cases are often lesser crimes as befits his rank but sometimes they develop into other cases altogether, it's also somewhat refreshing to see something other than a murder being investigated. Davies despite his poor reputation amongst his colleagues is a fairly good detective mostly as a result of hard work as opposed to intuitive leaps.

Overall the cast is quite good, the bulk of the screen time goes to Peter Davison and he is very effective in low-key role, Sean Hughes as the eccentric Mod is also quite good and next in screen time.

I believe the series is best appreciated by those who are well acquainted with the British Police/Detective series although it's certainly not necessary. The majority of those series place considerable emphasis on rank, feature crusty or disagreeable detectives who are tolerated for their abilities and have little humor.

The series has thus far run four seasons, all of which are now available on DVD.

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