The show throws Chief Inspector George Gently into a maelstrom of murders and mayhem, whilst lovingly recreating the swinging sixties as it finally hits the North-East, in perfect and nostalgic detail. With his sidekick, the ambitious and undisciplined Detective Sergeant John Bacchus, they make the perfect police partnership, full of warmth and humour. Written by
Did You Know?
Author Alan Hunter's informant character named China, was originally mentioned in his first George Gently novel published in 1955. Author Ken Bruen put an informant character named China in his first Jack Taylor novel in 2001, as a tribute. See more
Many early episodes end with a scene of the murderer being executed, however in 1957 the death penalty was abolished except for murders using firearms or explosives, murders of police and prison officers, or multiple murders. See more