Gently and Bacchus hunt for the murderer of a woman whose body is discovered in a local church.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Sian Breckin ...
Audrey Chadwick
Margaret Jackman ...
Flower Lady
Ronnie Chadwick
Mary Jo Randle ...
Mrs Chadwick
Fawn Granger
Patrick Donovan
Helen Donovan
Margaret Bishop
Eileen Colgan ...
Mrs Beaney
Joe Bishop
Frank Allingham (as Diarmuid Murtagh)
Siobhán O'Kelly ...
Dr Sprague


Audrey Chadwick's corpse is found on a church altar and, whilst she told her parents and landlady she was a nurse, the not so happily married Bacchus recognizes her as a hostess at a Playboy-style drinking club he has used, called Rakes, run by brash American Patrick Donovan. Audrey had had an abortion - news to her volatile boyfriend - and the doctor who performed it tells Gently it was because she had been raped. Margaret Bishop, an anti-abortionist, heads a group picketing to close Rakes but her husband is Donovan's lawyer and very much at odds with Margaret's views. He admits intimacy with Audrey but denies rape, nonetheless making him the prime suspect. After the murderer has been unmasked the club is shut down and Gently, having earlier accused Bacchus of being out of condition for his youth, bizarrely takes him on in a charity boxing match. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






Release Date:

10 May 2009 (UK)  »

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16 : 9
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Did You Know?


The Rakes Club is obviously a thinly-disguised version of the Playboy Club with Foxes rather than Bunnies wearing analogous provocative costumes. The plot is set in the early 60's as the first of the Playbot clubs opened in Chicago in 1960. See more »


In the final scene the murderer is executed. Murder by stabbing became non-capital in Britain in 1957, several years before the series is set. See more »


George Gently: [about Donovan] I trust that bloke about as far as I can throw him.
George Gently: Don't take up poker, Sergeant!
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References Doctor Who (1963) See more »


We Shall Overcome
Traditional protest song, musical and lyrical adaptation by Zilphia Horton, Frank Hamilton, Guy Carawan and Pete Seeger
Performed by the God Squad
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Religious people portrayed as zealots
22 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is about a woman found dead and laid on a altar like table in a church. She was murdered. She was portrayed as a nurse but that was not her job she was a prostitute.

There are several suspects but the writer went after the people that were against this type of lifestyle and women's health issues like abortion and birth control pills.

1. It had several women/cocktail waitresses dressed like call girls to temp the customers in the restaurant .

2. It has people protesting abortion and their ideas were mocked and their belief in God. Mrs Bishop the religious zealot was made to be target as being a suspect.

In the end the killer is not who they thought it was. Gently does use honest language that says a "baby" is killed regarding abortion not like series in the US where they say "fetus/product of conception" etc.

I do like a lot of things about the Gently series, he is honest and tough. His partner Bacchus is smart and a jerk at times.

What don't like in this episode the women are dressed to sexy and that the killer is not injured. The police have guns but Gently won't let them use them when the killers escapes or runs away. He tells the police not to shoot that the person is unarmed. This makes no sense to me letting killers get away and not injuring them because they are unarmed.

There are lots of good values in this series but like anything else it has propaganda and inaccuracies about people that believe in God that don't know how to make the sign of the Cross and how they act out their lives.

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