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George Gently: Series 3 [Blu-ray]
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"Great performances and superb characterizations" --San Francisco Chronicle
"Great, bordering on brilliant" --Esquire.com
Tony®-nominated actor Martin Shaw (Judge John Deed, The Professionals) returns as Inspector George Gently, a grizzled London detective and grieving widower who finds new life--and new purpose--in Britain’s windswept Northumberland. In the mid-1960s, this remote region has just begun to feel the ripples of social and cultural change rocking the rest of the world, and Gently brings big-city smarts and unflappable judgment to his job. Teamed with brash young sergeant John Bacchus (Lee Ingleby, Nicholas Nickleby), he uncovers motives for murder in a once-tranquil place during a time of transition.
In these feature-length mysteries based on Alan Hunter’s popular novels, Gently and Bacchus delve into a family’s dark secrets and a university’s chaotic campus. The splendid casts include Daniel Casey (Midsomer Murders), Ruth McCabe (My Left Foot), Sarah Lancashire (Sons & Lovers), and Warren Clarke (Dalziel & Pascoe, Red Riding).
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George Gently episodes are based on novels by Alan Hunter. This first series showed Commander Gently's wife killed right before his eyes. Through his grief, the cop takes the high road in finding criminals and bringing them to justice. Very much like "Midsomer Murders" [recommended] without the multiple murdered victims, but with the multi-plots in police, private, and associates lives. Bacchus has a money problem in one of episode from this series. Good writing makes the show. Will the large volume of Hunter novels available for adaptation cause this show to continue? Hopefully!
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. Gently's grief, sometimes brings tears. An emotional crime series, mystery, suspenseful, fast moving, and packed with plot. Setting is 1966.
Feature length episodes, each carry SUBTITLES.
"Gently Evil"--Gently and Bacchus investigate a brutal murder in a coastal Northumberland village. A BEAUTIFUL location to get bludgeoned. There are signs of a sympathetic nature to this killer of this girl. A birth certificate indicates Satan being her daughter's dad. There is much to uncover yet to get to the bottom of this crime. A dark nature here.
"Peace & Love"--Peace protesting and mob action against the police is due to the arrival of a nuclear sub. A demonstrator's leader is dead.Read more ›
Don't get me wrong, GG Series 3 is outstanding entertainment, but I am forced to give this DVD 4 stars (versus the 5 stars it probably merits) because I feel Acorn Media is playing the US market.
Series three is a two episode series and follows Series 2 which has 4 episodes and Series 1 which has two episodes. Additionally there is a one episode pilot which introduced Gently to the TV audience. Although Series 3 makes sense alone it would be helpful to work through the other episodes in order to gain the full impact of this one.
BBC announced its intentions to produce Series 4 in September of 2010. Series 4 will have 2 episodes and features George Gently, Lee Ingleby, and Simon Hubbard as PC Taylor.
The series is good and will probably be enjoyed by those who appreciate British detective mysteries.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent series. Not only are the stories engrossing, but the not-always-peaceful relationship between the two lead detectives (played by the great Martin Shaw and Lee Ingleby)... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kate M
This series features sophisticated plots, three-dimensional characters, and gripping stories. Very satisfying drama. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sharon M. Bell
GEORGE GENTLY, Series 3. This is a British television series that debuted in 2007 on the BBC. The crime/drama/British mystery production has aired on PBS stations in the United... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Stephanie De Pue
Oh George! - he's such a great man - has integrity, intelligence, compassion and wit -- and his cohort could have been a BeatlePublished 21 months ago by Jak