For those who haven’t yet seen it, do yourselves a favor and try to find the Brit TV show The Last Detective, starring the brilliant Peter Davison as “Dangerous” Davies.
It’s a funny, gentle show about a lovable loser (who is mocked, abused and ill-treated by his boss and colleagues in a police station, not to mention his bitch of an estranged wife), but who somehow comes out on top because he just will not give up an investigation, or anything else for that matter. (I have to say that his meekness irritated me at first; but stick to it and you’ll be joyfully surprised when you learn that sometimes, nice guys don’t finish last.)
I may just buy the DVD set when I have a few spare pennies dug out of the sofa, because Dangerous is one of my favorite TV characters of all time. (Yes, my DVD player can handle PAL format.)
In similar vein, there’s Vexed (on Netflix), which in the first episode has the funniest opening scene ever. Season 1 also stars the unbelievable Lucy Punch (Dinner With Schmucks and Doc Martin, also only Season 1). Funny and occasionally surreal situations.