Gently and Bacchus investigate a consignment of stolen passports, but the case takes an unexpected turn when a woman linked to the crime is found dead on the seashore with her mixed-race baby lying next to her.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Cochran (as Andrew-Lee Potts)
Joe Simpson ...
Philip Saint
Maggie Alderton
Tariq Jordan ...
Jonathan Bonnici ...
Tony Neilson ...
Forensic Officer
Thomas Ali
Mr. Alderton
Mrs. Alderton
Mrs. Cochran
Gavin Smith ...
Max Hughes ...


Following a tip-off Gently and Bacchus acquire a suitcase full of stolen passports dropped by petty crook Jimmy Cochran. Cochran's old flame Maggie Alderton worked in the office where they were issued and is found raped and strangled next day, the father of her child being identified as one Thomas Ali, for whom she was apparently trying to secure a passport. Cochran is in a turf war with some Arab boys, also involved in dodgy passports and Maggie's transvestite boss is also less innocent than he first appears. However, facts prove Ali and Cochran to be father and son and neither has killed Maggie, a pawn in the whole scam. With the real murderer hanged, Gently, a veteran of the 1959 Notting Hill riots in London, nonetheless warns young Bacchus of the perils of racial intolerance. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







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17 May 2009 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


Pictures of Maggie's baby seem African rather than Arab. South Shields has had a large Yemeni community since the 1890s. This was soon joined by merchant seaman and their families from Somalia. However both Arab and African communities were referred to locally as Arabs. See more »


Actually, this episode starts with 'South Shields 1964'. So although the book may be set in 1962 the episode is not. See more »


PC Taylor: The car belongs to an Abdullah Ali al-Hakrana, sir.
George Gently: Who?
PC Taylor: Abdullah Ali al-Hakrana. I'm guessing he's an Arab.
George Gently: [Sarcastucally] Really? CID could use men like you.
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Interesting but hard to watch
8 August 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A bunch of Arabs that hang out in a bar are at war with a bunch of other men. Mostly it is in regard to legal passports being sold by someone who works in the passport office and the heads of these two groups sell them and make a lot of money.

The men are like gangs that hate each other. The Arabs don't want anyone in their bar that is not the same race unless there is some sort of money deal going on. There is a talk of discrimination in this. episode. Buildings that say no Arabs, no Irish, no dogs etc.

A girl named Maggie has a baby. She is not married and the baby looks black. Later we find out the father of the baby is an Arab. Nobody seems to know who the father is only Maggie. Her boyfriend does not believe it is his baby. The baby they used in this story looks black not medium color like an Arab.

A lot of things come out in this episode, love, secrets, hate, hatred toward other races, violence, rape and more.

Tough to watch at times very tender at other times. Youtube has some of the seasons and episodes to watch for free.

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