The key to the murder of a reclusive pornographer is an old 8mm snuff film.

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Mod
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When the police find Dominic Sylvester murdered in his home, they also find something far more sinister among his belongings: an 8mm snuff film made sometime in the 1980s. Sylvester was a bit off-kilter and was living the life of a hermit. As the police look into his background, they find that he once was an avid amateur photographer who had an interest in pornography. He is divorced and his ex-wife has re-married; he is also estranged from his now adult son. Dangerous tries to identify the murdered girl in the snuff film but makes little headway until a lip-reader suggests to him that the girl in the film isn't speaking English. Meanwhile Dangerous' friend Mod finds himself a job in what he grandly calls children's entertainment that leads to a relationship with a rival. Written by garykmcd

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18 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dangerous Liaisons is a very somber episode of The Last Detective, which sadly didn't go longer than four seasons. Why, oh why, did this fine UK police drama not continue beyond four seasons?

This episode is reminiscent of 8mm, the haunting snuff movie from 1999, the one with Nicolas Cage playing a private detective tracking down a snuff movie. In Dangerous Liaisons, a snuff film turns up in the home of Dominic Sylvester (played by Jeff Rawle, who totally shed his nerdy George Dent persona from Drop the Dead Donkey), who was found murdered in his house.

The poor victim in the snuff film was a Polish immigrant, and quite sad her life ended this tragic and unthinkable way.

Dangerous Liaisons was screened almost a decade before Brexit.

All the police team are quite shaken by the snuff video, and the final scene with Dangerous and Julie was quite moving. I'm pleased they are back together.


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