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George Gently Series Four

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In 1960s Britain, an upstanding detective takes on a dangerous world

"Great performances and superb characterizations" —San Francisco Chronicle

"Great, bordering on brilliant" —Esquire.com

Martin Shaw (Death in Holy Orders) is back as Inspector George Gently, a by-the-book cop from London now working in the North East of England. This corner of the country is just starting to experience the social changes sweeping the rest of 1960s Britain, but the former Scotland Yard detective finds that crime occurs here the same as anywhere else. In his meticulous manner, Gently examines the passions and planning that lead to murder, his methods more often than not offset by those of his cocky young sidekick, Sergeant John Bacchus (Lee Ingleby, Place of Execution).

In these two feature-length mysteries, Gently and Bacchus investigate the suspicious death of an ex-informant facing a seemingly hopeless future, as well as the murder of a young woman poised on the brink of an exciting new chapter in her life. "Splendid" —Los Angeles Times.


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  • Actors: James Acton, Jay Miller, Niek Versteeg, Martin Shaw, Lucy Akhurst
  • Directors: Gillies MacKinnon, Nicholas Renton
  • Writers: Alan Hunter, Peter Flannery, Stewart Harcourt
  • Producers: Amanda Wasey, Caroline Levy, Charles Pattinson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 178 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007S0DEB2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,883 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "George Gently Series Four" on IMDb

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By Edward L Zimmerman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 16, 2012
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In today's science-minded world, most police procedurals are ruled by the irrefutable clues of fingerprints, tire tracks, and hair samples. The make of the villain's car somehow becomes as important as the contents of the victim's stomach. And, after all, "if the glove doens't fit, you must acquit" we've been told time and time again in hundreds of novel variations. Long gone are the days when hard-driving detectives had to use their minds - instead of their microscopes - to get to the bottom of an inescapable mystery ... but, thankfully, Inspector George Gently (played by Tony nominee Martin Shaw) is a different breed of copper. He's far more concerned with the "passions and planning that lead to murder," and, with his cocky young partner, Sergeant John Bacchus (Lee Ingleby), he'll overturn every stone to get the man, woman, or child responsible for breaking the law on his watch.

(For the purposes of clarity, I'm happy to explain that these GENTLY telefilms play out like two separate features.)

"Goodbye China": Gently receives word that a former confidential informant of his has passed away from curious circumstances. To Bacchus, it only looks like the `old drunk' died of an unfortunate accident, but Gently isn't convinced. After casually looking into the matter, he realizes he's only struck the tip of an iceberg that very well may involve the entire local police force.

"Gently Upside Down": The body of a promising, young schoolgirl turns up lovingly buried in a city park. When it appears as if her fellow classmates may know more than they're willing to divulge, Gently and Bacchus uncover that a few of their instructors may also be involved in some very inappropriate relationships.
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I have read Alan Hunter's novels with pleasure. I have also watched all of the preceding series with Martin Shaw. They are excellent. My biggest criticism of Series 4 is that it only contains two mysteries. To my mind, "two" is not much of "a series" and for that reason I am giving this four stars instead of five. Still, they are rich renderings, filled with great period detail (1960s in the North of England). The acting is excellent, the dramas are intense, and I do recommend them to those who savor intelligent mysteries with moral themes that challenge the viewer to think beyond the episode at hand. I only wish there had been more offerings included in Series 4. I would also add a gentle warning that the first episode in Series 4 is disturbing. It's an absolutely powerful drama; but it is also so very sad. It leaves one feeling bereft and haunted. It involves the vulnerable ones in society -- whether developmentally challenged, the victims of abuse, or the result of hard luck and the ravages of addiction -- these more fragile souls do suffer in this episode. There's lots of food for thought and reflection, but some viewers may find it hard to take. It stayed with my husband and me for some time . . . .
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George Gently based on Alan Hunter novels. Charismatic sixties murder. Series 1 showed Gently's wife killed right before his eyes. Burying grief, the cop takes the high road in finding criminals, & justice. Like "Midsomer Murders" [a superb series] without multiple victims. You get mixed-plots in police, private, and associates lives. Good writing makes the show. Gently, played by Martin Shaw, is through, calm, and plays the mentor/father to his youthful assistant, Detective Sgt John Bacchus (Lee Ingleby). Their relationship is as important to the story/series as the crimes and investigations. Both are performance perfect. 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.

SUBTITLES are available.
2 feature length episodes (178 min total) for the price of one typical theater film DVD. Gently series began in Ireland but these BBC episodes filmed in the England northeast where Catherine Cookson stories also took place decades earlier. The same rotten crime remains.

Goodbye China
Gently's aged informant, China (Tony Rohr) dead by accidental fall? A coroner's report is suspicious. Sgt Molloy (Dean Lennox Kelly) drove victim to hospital. Supt Shepherd's (Neil Pearson) son Danny (James Acton) robbed by teen brothers who disappear the day after China died. Did Molloy kill? And Gently tries a spot of female companionship (Lucy Akhurst). And Mark Benton (Land Girls Series 2) plays father of the Blackburn teens.
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Excellent as always in these series. We are left asking for more. The personal touch makes it so real and likable. The chemistry between the actors is wonderful. The way writers dealt with difficult subjects like age, special eds kids, justice, love and responsibility for your fellow human being was superb considering the length of one show. Gutsy. Kudos for a great job!
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