Inspector George Gently: Season 4, Episode 1

Gently Upside Down (4 Sep. 2011)

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When the body of missing school-girl, Mary, is discovered in a shallow grave in Pinnock Woods Gently and Bacchus are thrown into the new world of pop and media celebrity.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Bracken ...
Hazel Holdaway
Jade Byrne ...
Shelley Marshall
David Nugent
Lee Ingleby ...
Chris Coghill ...
Hogge (as Christopher Coghill)
Eva Quinn ...
Ross Mckenzie ...
Shannon Tarbet ...
Mary Claverton
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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Abuse of trust
8 September 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The return of this 1960's set police drama for its forth series starts with the body of a gifted seventeen year old school girl being found in the woods. Inspector Gently and Sergeant Bacchus are soon on the case and it soon becomes apparent that she had been involved with an older man. They will have their work cut out though as there are plenty of suspects; her friends suggest it may be her music teacher or it could be the host of a local television music programme who had taken her for a drink at least once or it could even be her father. As the case progresses it is discovered that she was pregnant and that the music teacher isn't the only member of her school's staff who had been involved with a pupil.

This was an interesting story that has plenty of twists and turns before it finishes and more potential suspects than most programmes of this type; in fact much of the non-regular cast could be considered a suspect at one time or another! Martin Shaw does a fine job as Gently and Lee Ingleby is great as his sergeant. The guest actors also do a good job; I especially liked seeing former 'Men Behaving Badly' star Neil Morrisey playing the TV host trying to be cool with the kids when they just thought he was a sad old letch. If you've enjoyed other stories in the series I'm sure you'll enjoy this, and if you are new to the series it isn't exactly difficult to pick up as each episode is an individual story.

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