Unpaid Endorsements

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.


  1. I took a free trial of Brit Box this week and this was one of the first shows I watched.
    Looks like it might be worth $7/month, if just for a few months.

    1. Sometime last week, I found a link to a YouTube video that had been put up by the Spitting Image crew…turns out they’re back from a 25-year hiatus. I remember it from my early-teen years spent in Britishland, courtesy of the Air Force (Dad was stationed at Upper Heyford, and the rest of us were along for the ride).

      I was on the phone with my parents yesterday…asked if they got the link I sent them. Mom got the idea to try looking up Spitting Image on BritBox, and it turns out they currently have the first three seasons (1984-1986) available. Seasons 2 and 3 would’ve aired while we were there. After the call ended, I subscribed. Unlike American woke-AF “comedians,” the Spitting Image crew pokes fun at everybody. If you’ve seen Genesis’ “Land of Confusion” video, you’ve seen their work.

      Hold a chicken in the air,
      Stick a deckchair up your nose,
      Buy a jumbo jet,
      And then bury all your clothes…

  2. I started watching Vexed, and I guess I have to say different strokes for different folks. I didn’t make it past the opening scene.

    We’ve been talking about picking up BritBox, and if we do I’ll check out The Last Detective.

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