A young woman's body is found in a coastal village, and the investigation leads Gently and Bacchus to suspect the victim's estranged husband is responsible for the killing.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vin Welch ...
Christopher Connel ...
Tommy (as Chris Connel)
Melanie Clark Pullen ...
Natalie Garner ...
Agnes Charlton
Ruth McCabe ...
Daniel Casey ...
Tim Dann ...
Mr. Smith / Paige
Mike Elliot ...
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It's 1966 and the world is changing fast... Martin Shaw plays one of the unsung heroes of detective fiction, Inspector George Gently, whose passionate investigations reveal the dark underbelly of a society on the cusp of change. Set in an idyllic coastal village in Northumberland, 1966. When the body of a loose young woman is found murdered Gently and Bacchus find themselves investigating a family with unimaginable secrets. Initially it appears that the woman's estranged husband, and father of young daughter, is responsible for the killing. But as they further investigate this disturbed family they discover a far more alarming truth. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






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26 September 2010 (UK)  »

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John Bacchus: [to Gently about the Paige family] Is there anybody in that family that's not totally crackers?
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Very evil very upsetting.
25 August 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A woman is found dead and the police are looking for a man that left the room with blood on his face.

This is a very upsetting and violent episode. It speaks of evil and how it is acted out.

A young girl named Agnes visits her mother secretly. Her mother is a drinker and has a bad reputation and when she was pregnant did not want to give birth to Agnes even though she was married. Agnes was not her husband's child. Her husband knew that but loved the child anyway.

Agnes is living with her grandmother who has custody and her uncle and they all seem to have mental problems. They don't deal with the things Agnes does that are bad they cover up for her. They believe she is like her mother an evil seed. Agnes is 13 and talks crazy and lures children to play with her. She murdered one child.

Gently and Bacchus try to find out what is going on and they blame adults for the murder of her mother and kidnapping of children on her uncle. In the end everyone was trying to protect Agnes. The man that plays Agnes's is Daniel Casey who plays Sgt Troy in Midsomer Murders. He knows of the past of Agnes' grandfather's and heard he was back in town.

This episode is about child murders, sexual abuse of children and more.

It comes out that Agnes and her mother were sexually abused by one person Agnes's grandfather. Agnes grandfather was her mother's father and also her real father. The grandfather sexually abused them both.

Gently shows compassion for Agnes who has real mental problems from the things that happened in her life. He does not want her free but he wants to to get help and have a better life while she is in the custody of the state.

Bacchus is having marriage problems and after his experience in this case and how important children are he starts to realize this could have happened to his daughter. She could have been kidnapped or murdered. He has more love for his daughter now.

No one can justify evil. You can see how a bad childhood can produce a really sick and evil person. We have to love our children more and if nothing else this episode re-enforces that idea.

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