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Gently fights crime with a passion--tough grit but fare.
on March 27, 2013
George Gently is a fearless London crime fighter cop who moves to Northumberland (NE England) after his wife is murdered. George Gently Series episodes are based on selections of the 46 Gently novels by Alan Hunter. Episodes are feature-length, and can serve as stand alone stories. No need to watch them back-to-back in a hurry. A really good 1960s period crime show with excellent plot writing. An acclaimed BBC hit.
All season/episodes come with SDH SUBTITLE option
Season 1: This first series shows the beginning, when Commander Gently's wife is killed right before his eyes. Even through his grief, the cop takes the high road in finding criminals and bringing them to justice. The 3 episodes in this series are very much like "Midsomer Murders".
- - - 2: Four feature-length episodes, each 89 minutes, & each serve as great stand-alone crime mystery films tied together only by a 1964 date. Gently has not given up fighting crime of all sorts and is now Chief Inspector in the extremely beautiful north countryside.
- - - 3: Gently, played by Martin Shaw, is through, calm, and plays the mentor/father to his youthful assistant, Detective Sargent John Bacchus (Lee Ingleby). Their relationship is as important to the story/series as the crimes and investigations. Both are performance perfect. Bacchus provides some laughs. 2 episodes.
- - - 4: PC Taylor (Simon Hubbard) is also back for both episodes. An emotional crime series, mystery, suspenseful, fast moving, and packed with plot. A perfect personality bounce between DCI Gently and Sgt Bacchus, with comedy spice. See individual series listings for George Gently on Amazon for my reviews having individual episode details, but not spoilers.
There is a fifth season to be released at the same time as the collection. Get them all.
Not recommended for the kiddies, bloody good murder, and emphasis on the bloody.