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George Gently, Series Five

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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: May 28, 2013
  • Run Time: 354 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009DS3VQA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,566 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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BONUS Behind-the-scenes featurette (3 min.)

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Editorial Reviews

“Great performances and superb characterizations” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Excellent”—LATimes.com

Award-winning actor Martin Shaw (Death in Holy Orders) returns as Inspector George Gently, a former Scotland Yard detective from London now tackling crime in the north of England. With the air of a man who has seen it all but still hopes for the best, Gently confronts the motives—racism, family conflict, greed, revenge—that can lead to murder. As ever, he receives assistance from his abrasive, politically incorrect sergeant, John Bacchus (Lee Ingleby, Place of Execution), who has his own take on the societal changes unfolding in 1960s Britain.

Based on the novels by Alan Hunter, these four gripping dramas feature clever scripts, beautiful landscapes, and a distinguished cast. Guest stars include Kevin Whately (Inspector Lewis), Helen Baxendale (Friends, Kidnap and Ransom), Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), Diana Quick (Brideshead Revisited), and Eamonn Walker (Oz).

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
81 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars North Country Mysteries April 1, 2013
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Previews of this series don't do justice to Martin Shaw's masterful, powerful acting, or the show's high-production values. Happily, although Series 1-2 were filmed in Ireland, all the subsequent collections are actually filmed in England's North Country, in Northumberland and Durham, a beautiful old city. So those of you who enjoy Vera are in for a treat. In the late 1960s, Inspector George Gently (Shaw), who had witnessed his lovely Italian wife's murder via a hit & run (Series One), is as honest and stalwart as they come. Martin Shaw is superb, as is his sidekick, Lee Ingleby, as Detective Sergeant John Bacchus. You may recall the fine Ingleby from his inimitable turn in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban , as the conductor of the Knight Bus, Stan Shunpike. Blessed with abundant talent and a memorable voice, Lee Ingleby is also pitch-perfect as the menacing Vic Tyler in the highly regarded 1970s police/time-travel hit Life On Mars (U.K.). Another constant is PC Taylor (Simon Hubbard), who grumblingly serves many a cuppa of PG Tips Black Tea with plates of biscuits. World War II veteran George Gently mentors young John Bacchus, a young man desperately in need of guidance, adrift in the swirling social turmoil of the 1960s. Before moving on to Series Five, you don't want to miss evocative earlier episodes, such as "Gently in the Blood " in Series Two. Read more ›
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars martin shaw is simply wonderful as is his sidekick December 22, 2012
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in uk television, you simply cannot lose with martin shaw in the lead role. this is his fifth season as chief inspector george gently, who now solves murders out in the sticks in 1960s england. he was formerly of london. his sidekick out in the sticks is a young man whose heart is in the right place but who needs some maturing and seasoning, all of which george provides, five seasonís in, the episodes are every bit as good.

note: the novels are very different from the tv show, i bought one in the kindle store and the only similarity is that they are mystery novels about a uk police inspector who solves murders.

i highly recommend all five seasons of this series.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Gently series December 28, 2012
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I could watch George Gently over and over again. The characters are very well done and I would watch Martin Shaw in anything. The only thing I would change about this series is that it is way past time for his partner to grow up. I'm getting tired of his whining. The crime stories are unique and I appreciate that they are not too graphic. Love this series!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Dramatic HD cinematography. Packed suspense & cop action. 4 [cinema feature length] exciting episodes have different themes. Aristocrat family prejudice, racial conflict, revenge & greed each take a turn. Great adaptations of Alan Hunter crime novels, filmed in HD [great for Blu-ray fans.] All episodes show rural Durham England set in the year 1968. Fun period background music. I love all aspects of this copper series.

George Gently (Martin Shaw) is a fine copper, yet grieving widower of 4 years. His assistant John Bacchus (Lee Ingleby) displays a bit of a learning curve when it comes to correct police procedure. Together they get the job done, one way or another. This due has thrilled UK crime show fans since 2007 and a 2013 series is in production. Each season seems to get even better.
My favorite episode of all time is 2-Gently with Class, due to the music (see why below).

SDH SUBTITLES for this 2012 5th series of 4 episodes, each near 1 ˝ hours.
1...Gently Northern Soul--Black teen's death sends Gently and Bacchus seeking her murderer among a community rife with prejudice & anti-immigrant feelings. The UK locale is not unlike America in the racial restless `60s. The victim's dad played by Eamonn Walker (OZ).
2...Gently with Class--Young singer Ellen (Ebony Buckle) drowns in river accident, sending Gently & Bacchus to the aristocratic Blackstone family. Bacchus is prejudice in his investigation techniques. 1969 Chappaquiddick inspired? Ellen's pa played by Christopher Fairbank (Scarlet Pimpernel). The real star is the singing/fiddle playing of Ebony Buckle. A golden missed opportunity to add a bonus of her `Silver Dagger' and `
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost on a par with Morse May 28, 2013
Format:DVD
George Gently is a hidden gem for those who like series like Inspector Morse or Lewis. Of course there are differences but like Inspector Morse, Gently has the gravitas it takes to make these stories work and be believable. I knock off one star for his sidekick, Lee Ingleby's character, John Bacchus. He's clueless as Lewis once was, but Bacchus is also an ass, and for this Ingleby seems to have a rare gift. The stories require Bacchus to jump to conclusions but he adds something extra by being a lout as well. Still, these are fine stories and very well done.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
wonderful series
Published 1 day ago by storm
5.0 out of 5 stars just keeps getting better and better
I just finished watching this fifth season, just keeps getting better and better!!!
One of the British No. 1 shows!!!!
Published 7 days ago by Nancy Sawyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Shaw is a fine actor. Gently is a part perfect for him
Shaw is a fine actor. Gently is a part perfect for him. Have no ideal where the silly sergeant came from or what he adds to the show.
Published 13 days ago by Carson Locklear
5.0 out of 5 stars Good series! great character interaction
Good series! great character interaction.
Published 1 month ago by Meddy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good
Published 1 month ago by Jesse A Darden
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite BBC mystery show
I am a fan of BBC mystery shows. But, Gently is at the top of the list. I cannot envision anyone else playing the two lead roles. These guys are the best.
Published 3 months ago by Kimist
5.0 out of 5 stars Another win!
As usual this series was great. Wonderful story lines and the acting was superb as expected. I've watched it twice since received.
Published 3 months ago by Country Girl, IOW
5.0 out of 5 stars A very fine series
Any series in which Martin Shaw stars can be counted on to be good. Real stuff from a recently past period in our culture. When the world went wacky and has remained so. Read more
Published 3 months ago by hillcountrywoman
5.0 out of 5 stars George Gently, Series Five
We have really enjoyed this whole series! The characters are outstanding, the plots excellent, and the culture entertaining! We are looking forward to the next series!
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars GEORGE GENTLY AT THE CROSSROADS OF LIFE AND VIOLENT DEATH
This set of four Gently movies starts out just as involving and humanely powerful as the last films. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Don McGregor
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