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Gently in the Night 

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 ...
Flower Lady
Ronnie Chadwick
Mary Jo Randle ...
Mrs Chadwick
Fawn Granger
Helen Donovan
Margaret Bishop
Eileen Colgan ...
Mrs Beaney
Joe Bishop
Frank Allingham (as Diarmuid Murtagh)
Siobhán O'Kelly ...
Dr Sprague
PC Taylor


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 »


Patrick Donovan: [to Gently and Bacchus] What is it they say in Europe about you? OZn the continent we have sex lives; In England they have hot water bottles.
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References Juke Box Jury (1961) 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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Jumping the Shark?
27 October 2011 | by See all my reviews

Up until this episode, the Gently series was quite well done: very well written, well directed, and of course, well acted. Inglesby is superb as the weasel sergeant under Gently's command. And the themes of the stories have all been moving and compelling, even though the episodes tackle issues from 1964, when the series takes place. The problem with this particular episode is that up till now Gently himself has been portrayed as an unpleasant, high-handed, rude, borderline personality type. I was under the assumption that the viewer was supposed to dislike him, but retain a grudging admiration for his moral clarity as well as his iron will. In this episode it appears that we're actually supposed to be rooting for him as a good person. Doesn't work. He's one of the most entertainingly unpleasant characters ever conceived by television, and I hope they return to that meme.

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