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5.0 out of 5 stars Policing in England's North Country, 1969
Martin Shaw is superb as a deeply intelligent and ethical police detective who has become fed-up with corruption at London's Met. Complex, honest, and stalwart, Inspector George Gently (Martin Shaw) is a veteran of World War II who had happily married his lovely Italian bride. After witnessing her murder in "Series One," the grieving Gently seeks refuge in the North East...
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3.0 out of 5 stars When I first started watching this series I LOVED it but as the series went on it began ...
When I first started watching this series I LOVED it but as the series went on it began to become hit and miss with some of the writing and character development. the first 3 series are pretty good but then it get a little misguided altho the plots are always pretty good the writing and characters seem to be contradictory and at times just plain annoying. However...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Policing in England's North Country, 1969, December 16, 2013
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This review is from: George Gently, Series 6 (DVD)
Martin Shaw is superb as a deeply intelligent and ethical police detective who has become fed-up with corruption at London's Met. Complex, honest, and stalwart, Inspector George Gently (Martin Shaw) is a veteran of World War II who had happily married his lovely Italian bride. After witnessing her murder in "Series One," the grieving Gently seeks refuge in the North East. Shaw is masterful, powerfully depicting a man with deep integrity and convictions, and a talent for boxing. Those of you who enjoy Vera are in for a treat. Filmed in England's starkly beautiful North Country, and historic city of Durham, this vivid series boasts high-production values, and authentically recreates the ambiguous, and at times disturbing, era of the late 1960s.

Series Five ended on a disturbing note, a cliffhanger, where the fate of our main characters was unsure. Veteran cop George Gently mentors Detective Sergeant John Bacchus (Lee Ingleby), a young fellow whose morals run adrift amidst the swirling social turmoil of the 1960s. As Gently's ambitious sidekick, Ingleby inhabits his character perfectly. You may recall Ingleby's inimitable turn in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban , as the Knight Bus conductor, Stan Shunpike. Blessed with abundant talent and a memorable voice, Ingleby is incisive as the menacing Vic Tyler in the highly regarded 1970s police/time-travel hit Life On Mars: The Complete Collection (U.K.). A fine constant is PC Taylor (Simon Hubbard), who grumblingly serves many a cuppa of PG Tips Black Tea with plates of biscuits.

Series Six resumes in 1969, several months after Gently and Bacchus were brutally shot admit the majestic Durham Cathedral. This encounter nearly claimed their lives, and both suffer post-traumatic stress, along with physical scars. Poor Bacchus is still recuperating in a police convalescent home

Each mystery is feature-length at 89 minutes. Thankfully, there are English subtitles, for those of who do not want to miss one word. For a three-dimensional taste experience, you may want to indulge in some Northumberland style bangers & mash, with a classic Newcastle Nut Brown Ale (a favorite of Bacchus') to top it off. Enjoy!

"Gently Between the Lines"
Gently is shocked to receive Bacchus's resignation, but understands that his sergeant has simply lost confidence. Although Gently seems to accept the young man's notice, he insists that Bacchus help with another murder investigation. After rioters were arrested after Newcastle police tried to clear a poor neighborhood out, prior to demolition and redevelopment, one of the protesters is found dead in the cells the next morning. The case causes both Gently and Bacchus to examine their role as police officers, during a time when law enforcement changed from being seen as locally based, to being thuggish agents of the state. Written by Tim Prager; cast includes: Robert Pugh, Steve Evets, Ruth Gemmell, Matt Stokoe and Caroline O'Neill.

"Blue for Bluebird"
This mystery is written by Jess Williams, of the marvelous series "Call The Midwife." Gently and Bacchus investigate the eccentric staff and holidaymakers at a holiday camp, when a body washes ashore. Under all the revelry and playful permissiveness, Gently and Bacchus expose a web of greed and jealousy. PC Rachel Coles (Lisa Mcgrillis) assists the team, with her more modern approach to policing. Guest stars include: Lee Boardman, and Pixie Lott.

"Gently Going Under"
During the late 1960s, massive economic shifts pressure communities in the North. As Northumberland's coal mining industry suffers, stress grows in tightly knit mining communities. In Burnsend, a body is found in the mine, and Gently and Bacchus must unearth the truth beneath the community's tensions. As it turns out, schisms and ill-feelings there date back to World War II. Though WWII may seem distant now, in 1969, it had only been over 24 years. To make a contemporary comparison, many of us recall the 1980s up to 1990 quite vividly. Time is relative, and memory collapses intervening years quite effectively. Written by Mike Cullen (the great Scottish series "Taggart"); guest stars include: Grant Crookes, Neil Eddy, and Poppy Lee Friar.

"Gently From the Cold"
As often is the case in murder investigations, cases connect in ways not anticipated. Gently must investigate the decade's dark side, with the abuse of drug like LSD. He finds himself actually considering a Cold War conspiracy. Although he prefers to play things close to the vest, Gently must reach out for the help of a person he has relied on in the past. Whist they work on the case, despite himself, Gently feels drawn to his ally. Written by Jess Williams; guest stars include: Helen Coverdale.

While you wait for more George, there is another wonderful mystery series set in Northumbria, worth savoring. Based upon novels by Ann Cleeves (Crow Trap), the series features the great Brenda Blethyn as caustic DCI Vera Stanhope: Vera, Vera: Set 2, Vera, Set 3 (to be released). Be sure to have plenty of hot, strong tea and Carr's Ginger Lemon Creme Cookies on hand.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 6th series and it keeps a crisp gritty hook, December 21, 2013
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Harold Wolf "Doc" (Wells, IN United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: George Gently, Series 6 (DVD)
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 6th series of 4 long feature episodes
1 Gently Between Lines
2 Blue for Bluebird
3 Gently Going Under
4 Gently from the Cold
George Gently series began well in 2007 and has raised the bar ever since. Competes in quality to Midsomer Murder, especially with the two-generational leading characters. Of course there is crime violence and blood, it is murder investigations, but suitable for older teens through adults.

George Gently Collection: Series 1-4
also comes in Blu-ray
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GEORGE GENTLY does it again!, April 14, 2014
This review is from: George Gently, Series 6 (DVD)
After the stunning cliffhanger at the end of Series 5, it is with great satisfaction to find that the four episodes of GEORGE GENTLY Series 6 maintain the same high standard of quality as the previous programs. Gently Between the Lines, the first of the new episodes, shows the aftermath of Gently and Bacchus’ respective recoveries. Gently, a war veteran, is able to take things in stride and move on, whereas Bacchus clearly suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and wants to leave the Force. This provides some immediate conflict between them.

The episode opens with a riot scene in which it is interesting to note there isn’t a false moment to be found. Often in such scenes involving a lot of actors, the background performers can frequently be seen to be either over doing it or looking self-conscious. Such is the meticulous attention to detail–a defining aspect of this series–that this is not the case. Every actor plays the sequence with the utmost conviction.

The attention to period detail (the series is now up to the year 1969) is completely convincing, including such bits of dialogue when a female police officer is called “Pet”, an example of ’60s sexism, though interestingly in the series VERA, another Acorn Media release, Vera refers to almost everyone as “Pet”. This is a double standard, to be sure, but there you go.

After a young man dies in police custody, Gently and Bacchus must investigate to see if they can shed light on the situation, especially as it appears the young man may be linked to the severe injury of a police constable who was at the riot scene. Gently’s investigation is not appreciated by the local police, who feel the young man was responsible for the wounding of the constable and should not be given any special investigative consideration. Needless to say, there is more to the situation than meets the eye. The actual suspect is set up early on in the episode in a throwaway line of dialogue that is easy to miss. Such is the subtlety of the writing.

Of course, Bacchus must confront his fears to watch Gently’s back in the climax of the episode. This gets things back on track for the series to continue with their strained father/son relationship at the core.

The second episode, Blue for Bluebird, involves the murder of a young woman working at a family resort and involves the attempts of the resort owners to keep the investigation quiet (much like in JAWS). A charming ’60s dance routine is the big set piece here. It’s another involving, cleverly-plotted addition to the growing GEORGE GENTLY canon.

Gently with Honour is another excellent episode, this time centred around secret drug testing by the military. Bacchus is particularly caustic in many of his remarks, which provides some comic relief.

Some outstanding guest stars, particularly from Jemma Redgrave, make this episode arguably the best of Set 6.

Lastly, Gently Going Under involves a murder in a mining town and puts Gently’s life in great peril. With pressure from his superiors to transfer to a desk job, Gently remains determined to continue doing what he does best: solve crimes and catch the bad guys, whatever the cost.

GEORGE GENTLY is a great series. The powerful presence of Martin Shaw as Gently is the rock upon which the series is built, but he is matched all the way by Lee Ingleby’s Bacchus and a production team that spares no attention to detail. After six series the show still has legs. It will be interesting to see if the show continues at the end of the ’60s or if it will cross over into the 1970s. In one of the excellent bonus extras Martin Shaw says he doesn’t think the show will work set in the ’70s. We shall see…

Meantime, GEORGE GENTLY continues to enthrall as one of the best police dramas in the current marketplace.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS SERIES, April 2, 2014
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DID NOT DISAPPOINT ME. MARTIN SHAW IS EXCELLENT AS GEORGE GENTLY. THIS SERIES GOES JUST BEHIND MIDSOMER MURDERS. I STILL MISS JOHN NETTLES THOUGH. I WISH THESE GUYS DID'NT HAVE TO RETIRE.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DMVMT, January 28, 2014
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This says Vera, Set 3, but the DVD is Gently George. If you like the police drama during the 1960s in England, then this series is great. There's no bloodshed. Sometimes the accents are difficult to understand. Fortunately, there are subtitles.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Man!, March 24, 2014
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If you're a GG fan, then there isn't anymore anyone can say about Season 6. Excellent ending (no spoiler alert here). Acting is superb, tho Shaw seemed a wee bit tired this season, he makes up for it in the finale. Does anything rile GG? Let's get over the deceased wife & give the guy a 'like' interest at least. Bacchus is awesome. Sometimes you just love to love him, or, love to hate him. His father is a jerk, but boy that ending is killer on the emotions - love the twists & turns of Baccus' life & Ingleby is just so perfect in this role. Get Season 6 is all I can really say. Excellent. Superb. Gently in His Element
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where Do They Find the Stories?, August 22, 2014
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I hate to admit it, but the Brits have a talent for storytelling that's a tick above us Colonists. There's something special about their actors. They seem to be more open and less inhibited than ours are. Maybe we are still suffering from the effects of a rating system that limits what can be told. Their odd balls are more convincing without their being over played. Gently is no odd ball, but he has chosen a rough course for himself that he surprisingly survives.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MAKE MORE PLEASE!!!, April 16, 2014
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This has become my new favorite show. Martin Shaw is such a Gentleman, and Lee Ingleby is a perfect side kick. I am waiting for series 7, which is in production now to be released. This is one of the few copper shows that sets itself in the early 60's, then travels down the decade. So many things happen,and so many ideas emerge in the plots. These writers are GREAT! I hope I can look forwad to many more series from this British great!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dont miss it, August 24, 2014
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fantastic! superb production values. Have watched ever series so far. Captures the 60"s beautifully. Lee Ingleby gets better and better and Martin Shaw is a treat to watch. Don't want to give the plots away or the characters so go and grab your copy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Want to Order But Will I Get the Right DVD?, February 27, 2014
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Will I get the wrong DVD if I order this? The editorial review for this is wrong. It is reviewing Vera Series 3 instead of George Gently Series 6. There is a mixup here.
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