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The Last Detective -- 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
Matthew G. Armstrong .... special effects technician: Sfx gb (1 episode, 2004)
 
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)
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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Comparison with Dixon of Dock Green, 20 July 2008
Author: bailey-486 from Canada

Like a previous poster, I too thought of Dixon of Dock Green (which I remember from about 1956 - it was on every Saturday night) as I first watched "The Last Detective", which I just recently discovered. However, as I watched more of the series I began to realize that it's really quite different.

Firstly, Dixon was respected by his colleagues and bosses, whereas Dangerous is definitely not. Secondly, he lived with his daughter's family (his son-in-law was a detective in the same police station) and had a comfortable home life with people who loved him...again, totally different from poor Dangerous. Thirdly, Dixon refused promotion because he just wanted to be "an ordinary copper". I'm sure Dangerous would be delighted to be promoted, but because no one really realizes what a good job he does, it will never happen!

"Dixon of Dock Green" was made and broadcast on the BBC in the 50s up to the 70s, and certainly the ones I remember (50s and early 60s) featured cozy stories with happy endings and nothing really nasty. There were sad things, of course (like when the young policeman was killed) but mostly everything was all right in the end. "The Last Detective", while not wallowing in the nasty stuff, could certainly not be described as "cozy". Dangerous (wonderfully played by Peter Davison, a favourite since his Tristan days) is a very nice man, if a bit too ready to take all the abuse his colleagues heap on him. I would like to see him stand up for himself a bit more!

I am enjoying "The Last Detective" every bit as much as I enjoyed "Dixon of Dock Green" all those years ago and can't wait to see Series 4 on DVD.

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