When the body of a missing schoolgirl is discovered in a wood, Gently and Bacchus are thrown into the new world of pop and media celebrity.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hazel Holdaway
Jade Byrne ...
Shelley Marshall
David Nugent
Chris Coghill ...
Hogge (as Christopher Coghill)
Eva Quinn ...
Ross Mckenzie ...
Mary Claverton
Juliet Cowan ...
Sheila Claverton
Joe Claverton
Margaret Holdaway


After missing teenager Mary Claverton is found murdered her parents tell Gently they believe she was about to run off with an older boyfriend. Married music teacher Logan is mentioned but he has an alibi for the murder. Mary and her school-friends were regular audience members at 'Upside Down', a local pop music TV show, hosted by the oily Tony, who also briefly met Mary when he tried to hit on her and was rejected. Another suspect is headmaster Peter Holdaway, father of Mary's best friend, who had an affair with another, literary-minded, school-girl years earlier and fathered a child. One of the suspects makes a confession but Gently believes that this is to protect the real killer. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

4 September 2011 (UK)  »

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16 : 9
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Did You Know?


The band "The Walking Dead" who wrote and performed several songs in the Upside Down TV studio, was played by the group "Siblings" from Ashbourne in Derbyshire. The guitarist is now an established producer and composer for TV and media called Bobby Eccles. See more »


The taps in the girls' toilets are more 21st century than 1966. See more »


George Gently: Can you remember why your mother left?
Margaret Holdaway: Yes... she couldn't cope with the new bairn, I think. Hazel was only two. She was mentaly unstable. My mother was mentally unstable. Poor Daddy!
John Bacchus: Where is she now?
Margaret Holdaway: Who knows? The snow melts, and then where is it?
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References Julius Caesar (1953) See more »


You Really Got a Hold of Me
Written by Smokey Robinson
Performed by The Rash
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Gently's dogged pursuit of murder suspects
26 February 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This episode is a very sad story of the murder of a young girl, those who prey on her and other victims along the way. The young woman came from a family whose father was an alcoholic and whose mother left him years before. Her best friend's father taught her and used his position to take advantage of her. Another teacher was also romantically involved. Then there are dance television show hosts who use girls for their own purposes.

All are suspects from different walks of life, showing how murder does not discriminate by rank or status or even family relationship. It does appear that sick people seek victims wherever they can be found, although poor areas are much more vulnerable to criminality. The discovery of who actually committed the murder is a shock that does not exonerate the others from guilt. We see that victims have been sacrificed leading up to this murder, although none are ever brought to justice.

George Gently and his assistant John Bacchus pursue the nasty group of suspects. The two are well paired with Gently a mentor to the young Bacchus, who is a fierce bulldog trying to pin down the guilty party. Gently is just as fervent but much smoother and more in tune with human nature. Taking place in the 1960's with a generation gap that put youthful idealists against their conservative elders, Gently and Bacchus go against the grain. Gently is the compassionate one and Bacchus wants a return to the noose. The two different characters work well together and get along well. It takes time to nail this one down. However, towards the end, Gently had a notion that the case was not complete and he then proceeded to clinch the complete truth and its full extent.

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