This made-for-TV thriller – airing on Sunday 4 January 1981 – starred Bernard Cribbins as the titular policeman investigating the cold case file of the rape and murder of a young woman 15 years earlier.
The eternally crumpled Detective Constable “Dangerous” Davies – whose patch is in North West London around Willesden and Kilburn – is capably assisted in his investigation by his loyal civilian drinking chum Mod Lewis (Bill Maynard, with one of the dodgiest Welsh accents in film history).
They call him “Dangerous” because he’s a danger to everyone – except criminals. He’s also known as “the last detective” because, when there’s a crime to solve, Davies is the last DC you’re likely to call in. But every dog has its day
Doggedly tenacious, Davies survives multiple attacks with baseball bats and, by the end of the film, is in a wheelchair, bandaged from head to toe.
Dangerous Davies: The Last Detective has a clear narrative, a funny but keen script and excellent direction from Val Guest, who also wrote the screenplay with writer Leslie Thomas. The same storyline was later used for the pilot episode of the 2003 TV series The Last Detective starring Peter Davison.
Detective Constable “Dangerous” Davies
Chief Inspector Yardbird
Detective Superintendent Carter
Detective Sergeant Green
Pam St. Clement
Detective Constable Evans