The Last Detective

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  • 2003
  • 4 Seasons
  • 7.8  (1,859)

The Last Detective is a crime drama TV series that aired on ITV1 from 2003 to 2007. The series follows the investigations of Detective Constable “Dangerous” Davies, played by Peter Davison, a police officer in Willesden, North West London. Davies is known for his unorthodox methods and stunted career progression, thus leading to his nickname.

Despite being a competent detective, Davies lacks the charm, charisma, and wit associated with the typical TV cop. He is often overlooked, underestimated, and ridiculed by his colleagues and superiors due to his humble and unassertive nature. However, his determination, integrity, and loyalty to justice serve him well as he solves complex cases that leave other detectives scratching their heads.

Throughout the series, Davies is assisted in his work by Detective Sergeant Mod Lewis, played by Sean Hughes, a younger, brasher, and more ambitious detective. Davies also has a supportive wife, Julie (Emma Amos), who provides him with emotional stability, as well as comedic relief through her sharp and sarcastic comments.

The Last Detective’s mix of crime, drama, and humor creates a lighthearted and enjoyable viewing experience. In each episode, Davies is tasked with solving a new case that can range from murder, theft, fraud, and any other criminal activity that occurs in Willesden. The cases are always unique and twisty, making it difficult to predict the outcome.

Davies’ investigations often lead him down a wild goose chase, as his choices of witnesses and suspects frequently end up being the exact opposite of what he expected. The show is particularly known for its unexpected endings, with Davies sometimes failing to secure a conviction or leading to unusual resolutions of the crime.

The show's success is also due to the remarkable acting of its cast. Peter Davison plays the role of Davies with a subtle nuance that captures the character's humble nature, getting the audience to root for his success. Sean Hughes’ portrayal of Mod Lewis is a perfect balance of youthful recklessness and dry humor that serves as a natural foil to Davies’ demeanor.

Emma Amos' performance as Julie is a particular standout, adding a compelling layer to the show's narrative. Her witty and sophisticated presence often masks the sometimes mundane or mediocre occurrences of her suburban life, amplifying the humor and dramatic moments.

Other cast members like Michele Austin, Rob Spendlove, Charles De'Ath, Sam Bloom, Natasha Williams, Elizabeth Bennett, and Billy Geraghty contribute to the rich and diverse tapestry of the show's criminal underworld, providing more options and depth to Davies' cases.

The show's production values are noteworthy, with meticulously crafted locations and set design in and around Willesden, North West London. The production also features excellent music by composer Debbie Wiseman, who provides the show with a memorable and atmospheric score.

In conclusion, The Last Detective is an engaging and fun television series that offers a refreshing spin on the crime drama genre. Its mix of whimsy and drama is perfectly balanced, and its cast delivers outstanding performances that keep viewers investing in the show's characters and plots. Anyone looking for a unique and entertaining crime drama should consider giving The Last Detective a chance.

The Last Detective is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (17 episodes). The series first aired on February 7, 2003.

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Dead Peasant's Society
5. Dead Peasant's Society
May 31, 2007
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.
The Man from Montevideo
4. The Man from Montevideo
May 24, 2007
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.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Willesden
3. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Willesden
May 17, 2007
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.
Dangerous' Liaisons
2. Dangerous' Liaisons
May 10, 2007
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.
Once Upon a Time On the Westway
1. Once Upon a Time On the Westway
May 3, 2007
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.
Where to Watch The Last Detective
The Last Detective is available for streaming on the ITV1 website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Last Detective on demand at Apple TV Channels and Amazon Prime and Amazon.
  • Premiere Date
    February 7, 2003
  • IMDB Rating
    7.8  (1,859)