When the beaten body of wealthy German businessman is discovered in the harbour, Gently and Bacchus are forced to consider whether a barman's anti-German sentiments are a motive for murder.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Stratton
Wilhelm Schmeikel
Trudi Schmeikel
Gunter Schmeikel
Tim Healy ...
Old Jim Hardyment
Gillian Hanna ...
Mabs Hardyment
Kevin Wathen ...
Jimmy Hardyment
Sammy T. Dobson ...
Alice Stratton (as Sammy Dobson)
Paul Broughton ...
Chick Shavers
Bert Galton
Janet Phillips ...


Chief Inspector George Gently and Detective Sergeant John Bacchus investigate the murder of Gunter Schmeikel, who is found at the bottom of the harbor. The man drowned but his back had been broken, so it clearly wasn't an accident. Gunter had lived in England as a POW during World War II and had worked on Old Jim Hardyment's farm. It's only been 20 years since the end of the war and there is still a good deal of anti-German sentiment. The dead man's son and daughter-in-law, Wilhelm and Trudi Schmeikel, are lying to the police about their whereabouts on the evening of Gunter's death. It also appears that Wilhelm is under investigation for embezzling funds from his father's business. As well, young Jimmy Hardyment may hold hard feelings against Gunter who had an affair with his mother. Meanwhile, Gently is concerned when he learns that Sgt. Bacchus is having money troubles. Written by garykmcd

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Different motives for killing Gunter
30 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode has violent details of the death of a German man named Gunter. A fisherman found and eyeball and the police got involved. They pulled a dead man out of the water.

There are a number of people that could have killed the man Gunter. The son of the man is looking for his dad. His son wanted his father's business plus the fact Gunther was in the war and many of these families suffered from the German bombings. The police say Gunter's back was broken.

This episode is good but it is so hard to understand the English/Irish/German accents. Gently also has a drunk who understands German cleaned up and brings him along so he could interpet what the Germans say to each other, the suspects don't know he understands what they are saying.

The scenes are mostly in the dark on streets, in cottages, in police dept cells or by the river. Very depressing scenes. After you hear the story of why Gunter was murdered it is emotional but does not justify the killer from killing and that is my opinion.

Gently is a honest cop and expects the same thing from Bacchus. He helps Bacchus with his financial problems and the episode ends nice.

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