Inspector George Gently: Season 2, Episode 1

Gently with the Innocents (3 May 2009)

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When an old man is killed in his dilapidated mansion, Gently and Bacchus dig deeper into the history of the former children's home and soon have their prime suspect.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jill Halfpenny ...
Cora Davidson
Lee Ingleby ...
Dean Logan ...
Thomas Kelly ...
Sergeant Blacksmith
Brian de Salvo ...
Alfred Peachment (as Brian De Salvo)
Dr. Philip Morgan
Harry Carson
Georgine Anderson ...
Enid Peachment
Steve Wilson ...
Prison Officer
Laura Fenwick
Miranda Stewart ...
Lucy Vigne Welsh ...
English Teacher (as Lucy Welsh)


Gently and Bacchus investigate when elderly Alfred Peachment is found murdered in the grounds of the large house where he lived alone, formerly a children's home which he superintended but now closed for several years. The house was being sold, against his wishes, by a committee headed by his ex-wife and her brother, the local doctor, to the seemingly callous property developer Cora Davidson. Harry, Alfred's mute, simple-minded gardener, is the chief suspect and he attacks Bacchus. Only overly helpful local copper Blacksmith seems able to communicate with the boy, causing Bacchus to resent him. A discussion with an old flame leads Gently to suspect that Peachment may have been a paedophile, abusing children in his care, and that any of the suspects may be acting alone or as a group of avengers, to punish him for past misdeeds. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Beginning with this episode, the first in Season 2, the series title changed from "George Gently" to "Inspector George Gently." See more »


Chief Constable Lilley: [Speaking about exposing child abuse] Be careful with this stuff, George. You don't know where it will lead. This stuff is so corrosive... children are so vulnerable.
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How children get abused, no one knows or just ignores the signs
21 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the story of a Alfred Peachment who was killed in his back yard. He was selling his home for re-development to a buyer. His body is found in his back yard and a gardener boy that does not speak is arrested. The boy is very violent so there is almost no doubt he did it.

A policeman that works in the area seems very knowledgeable about the house and said it was a school. It turns out it was an orphanage where kids were sexually abused by Alfred Peachment and also by people involved with him on boards and in the community. Mrs Peachment ignored what went on, a doctor connected with the house took care of the kids for 10 years and never reported anything wrong but he knew of abuse of broken bones and sexual abuse. A number of people connected with the house wanted it thrown down to protect their own involvement. George Gently finds medical records hidden in a blocked cellar wall.

This episode is sad but gives insight on what abused children go through. It tells how the survivors are haunted with memories and fear. It tells of how they were fooled and trusted adults and where told not to tell anyone and that the sexual abuse is love. Kids that are not living with families that love them are easier targets.

It tells how kids were singled out and held underwater in a bathtub in the secret cellar. No one would talk, it created a lot of fear. Only a few were adopted out.

They victims also do not want to tell the people their past horrors. They did not want to go to Court to testify. The people that hurt them are dead and they just want to go on with their lives.

Gently has to come to terms with what justice is for the victims and for the dead man, Alfred Peachment.

Parents should talk to their kids, this happens in schools, camps and other organizations with people you trust.

You can watch it on YouTube

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