Inspector George Gently

Season 1 Episode 0

George Gently

Aired Thursday 8:30 PM Apr 08, 2007 on BBC
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It is 1964. Chief Inspector George Gently takes on one last case before retiring, following the murder of his wife. The case involves the death of a young biker in the North East of England, and interests Gently as it has attracted the attention of Joe Webster - his nemesis and the man responsible for the death of his wife. Gently enlists the aid of ambitious policeman, John Bacchus to solve the case, but both find themselves up against enemies within and outside the police force itself.


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  • I am a fan of Sunday evening gentle detective dramas, and came to this hoping to find something of the same and I was not disappointed. The period and setting matter little to me, it is the interplay between the two leads that counts, and it was good.moreless

    I come and go with Martin Shaw, I like him in The Professionals and the Scarlet Pimpernel but have stayed resolutely away from Judge John Deed (not keen on courtroom dramas anyway). But he did well as George Gently. His angst was laid bare for all to see from the outset, setting him up for the damaged detective role we all love from Foyle's War and Lewis.

    The interesting twist is that he is fighting enemies within the force, as well as without, a new angle, made possible in this gentler fashion by the 60s setting.

    His sidekick, Detective Sergeant Bacchus (what a name!) is an excellent foil, a copper that could go either way, and thus Gently takes him under his wing, to mentor him, keep him on the straight and narrow.

    The supporting cast were also strong, Phil Davis and Richard Armitage in particular are worth singling out.

    I look forward to more cases with Inspector Gently.moreless
  • George Gently is a senior Police Officer with The Met.When it appears that his nemesis,career-criminal Joe Webster,is not only responsible for the hit & run death of his wife but has been seen in Newcastle,George heads to the north-east to confront him.moreless

    Martin Shaw,that most esteemed of British actors,is on the case again,this time as George Gently of The Met.However,George is soon on his way to the north-east of England to hunt down Joe Webster (played with great intensity by Phil Davis),a career-criminal who George is convinced is behind the death of his wife,Isabella.

    George is joined on the case by local D.S John Bacchus,who George mentors & eventually 'persuades' to forego a move to London & remain in Newcastle to work with him permantly.

    This pilot episode does enough to suggest that this will be another triumph for the BBC,although it's a little disappointing that the producers chose to film the show in Dublin as opposed to Newcastle upon Tyne.Many of the accents,however,seem authentic enough with plenty of local references as well,Whitley Bay and Newcastle Brown Ale among them!

    This show has just begun screening here in Australia & I'm looking forward to staying in on Friday nights for more of George Gently.moreless
Richard Armitage

Richard Armitage

Ricky Deeming

Guest Star

Claire Rushbrook

Claire Rushbrook

Valerie Lister

Guest Star

Christian Cooke

Christian Cooke

Billy Lister

Guest Star

Simon Hubbard

Simon Hubbard


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