Following the murder of his wife by notorious gangster Webster, Inspector George Gently is pondering retirement. When he hears about Webster attending a funeral of a murder victim, he delays his retirement to take on this case.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Tecce ...
Isabella Gently
Mark Lambert ...
Joe Webster
Ricky Deeming
Lawrence Elton
Billy Lister
Alvaro Lucchesi ...
Roberto Minchella
Suzy Lawlor ...
Inspector Setters
Chris McHallem ...
Valerie Lister


After his wife Isabella is killed by a hit and run driver Inspector George Gently considers retiring but when Johnny,a member of a biking gang in the North East,is also run over and Gently hears that Webster,whom he believes to have killed Isabella,is in the area,he travels North to investigate,teaming up with ambitious young sergeant John Bacchus. Aware that local inspector Setters is probably corrupt and involved in the assault on his informant China Mates, Gently realises that he and Webster are actually both investigating the same crime as Webster is Johnny's father. The two men finally meet for a confrontation with the real murderer. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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8 April 2007 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


The title of this pilot and subsequent series is "George Gently." Beginning with the second series the name was change to "Inspector George Gently." See more »


Discussing homosexual offences, Gently says the Labour Party had promised to decriminalise them if elected. Actually they never did, the 1967 Sexual Offences Act was a private members bill (not a government bill) introduced by the Earl of Arran, and almost a copy of the bill he first proposed in 1961. See more »


Inspector Setters: Catching, isn't it?
John Bacchus: What?
Inspector Setters: Sainthood.
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Followed by Inspector George Gently: The Burning Man (2008) See more »

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Working to a successful formula but good
4 January 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have just watched this for the first time and quite enjoyed it. Although this sticks to a tried and tested Britisg TV formula's (rural setting, set in the past, a wise old weary detective schooling a enthusiastic your Police man) this is enjoyable stuff. I am not familiar with the source material so do not know how faithful it is, but I found the a well written script with believable characters. Martin Shaw showed the right amount of world weariness and intelligence to give the tittle character the right amount of depth and he is ably supported by a quality British cast. A special mention must go out to the always excellent Phil Davis who brings a real touch of menace to the lead villain. I presume this TV movie was a feeler to see if it could be developed in to a series which I think it has potential to do. They will need to flesh out some more support characters and I think they will be better of sticking to one of TV films like the truly great Morse.

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