Inspector George Gently

Thursday 8:30 PM on BBC Premiered Apr 08, 2007 Between Seasons



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Inspector George Gently

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Welcome to the Inspector George Gently guide at Chief Inspector George Gently of Scotland Yard is an old-fashioned policeman who has gained respect but few friends through his single-minded pursuit of law-breakers and his disgust with the corruption in the police force. Gently decides to retire after the murder of his wife, but not before solving one final case. Relocating to Northumberland, where he is aided by the ambitious young Det Sgt John Bacchus, Gently deploys a combination of reason, deduction and a somewhat jaded understanding of man's nature to get his man. Inspector George Gently is adapted from the Inspector Gently novels written by Alan Hunter, but relocates him from Norfolk to Northumberland. The 46 novels, published between 1955 and 1999, were contemporary, but the show is set firmly in the 1960s. The first season was broadcast under the George Gently banner. Inspector George Gently is a Company Pictures production for the BBC.

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  • Gently down the stream.

    I had watched the mini-series Rhodes and was very impressed with the acting of Martin Shaw. As a consequence I took to watching Inspector George Gently. What I did notice was that Shaw's smoking over the years has affected his manner of speaking. He now talks more softly, and the Gently character and mannerisms remind me of Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle from Foyle's War.

    His partner Bacchus was hot and cold. With each passing episode I disliked Bacchus more and more. Inspector Gently is the antithesis of Bacchus. However, you can tell the two actors had great chemistry together.

    The show did not really maintain consistency of quality from episode to episode.

    Some episodes were great but many others seemed lacking and dragged on.

    One item which I deplore about some BBC television shows is using British actors to play the roles of Yanks with absolutely horrible American accents. This was very evident in the episode Gently in the Night.

    I personally thought the first season was the best of the six seasons with all three episodes being very good. Other than that I thoroughly enjoyed Goodbye China and Gently in the Cathedral.

    Aficionados of BBC detective shows will still, nonetheless, enjoy Inspector George Gently.

    My current favourite BBC shows are Ripper Street and Sherlock.

    Row, row, row your boat,

    Gently down the stream.

    Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,

    the show could use more steam

  • Graet Show

    1 of the best shows on TV - if not THE BEST - I cant stop watching- Hooked - Huge Fan - Every show gets better & better. Watch it -> Spread THE WORD !

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