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As this episode opens everything looks perfect; we see a pleasant
middle class neighbourhood as Louis Armstrong's 'It's a Wonderful
World' plays in the background
then every parents worst nightmare
happens; a baby is snatched from inside its home. Gently and Bacchus
are soon on the case. Things aren't quite as simple as they first
looked; baby Faith had been adopted by her new parents, The Groves,
only three weeks before. The investigation will take them to the home
where young single mothers are persuaded to give up their children for
adoption into a 'better life'. Clearly not every mother wants to give
up their child; shortly after Faith was adopted her mother fled the
home with Faith's twin brother. It is thought she might have tried to
reunite her family but she had no idea where Faith was. There are other
suspects though; a pale blue car had been seen parked nearby several
times, somebody demands a ten thousand pound ransom and even Faith's
father is suspected! While this is going on Bacchus has to deal with
his own family; a daughter who lives with his ex-wife and a father who
is disappointed with him.
This episode might not be about a murder but the nature of the crime makes it even more gripping as Gently and Bacchus rush to find the missing child. Helen Baxendale does a great job as a mother whose child has been kidnapped and Mark Gatiss is also good as her husband; a man who was less keen to have a child. There is a sense of tragedy through much of the episode; not just the worry about baby Faith but the way the young mothers are virtually forced to give up their children and in a shocking twist the death of the man the then unwed Mrs Groves had given up for adoption when his father went off to war; a father who never knew he had a son until he was gone. It isn't all tragedy thankfully; Lee Ingleby provides some laughs as Bacchus shows his insensitivity and chauvinism once again.
A middle aged couple adopt a baby girl named Faith. Faith's adopted
parents had tried for years to have their own baby.
Faith gets kidnapped and Gently and Backus speak to a number of people. One is the lady that runs the adoption agency which is a Christian agency.
As I said in other reviews Christians are put in a bad light. The agency seems to take "donations" that are supposedly for the home but it looks like you can buy a baby and the highest bidder get the child.
Gently is trying to find out who would kidnap the baby. During the course of the movie it comes out that the adopted father Mr Grove had a affair with someone and also it appears his wife is having an affair.
It shows the hardship of pregnant girls who love their babies but put them up for adoption to have a better life. They have 3 months to change their mind to get their baby back but they are not told this by the agency. So who kidnapped Faith? Is it the real mother or someone who wants to get revenge on the Groves.
Around 15 minutes before it ends secrets are revealed and tears are shed for things hidden years ago. I think these things should be pondered in regard to how you affect someone's life, even your own children. Be prepared to cry.
Watch it on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUE634rZH7Q
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One of the reviews here is so full of sap you could sop it with a
pancake. The point of this television police drama set in the Swinging
Sixties hardly is to require the viewers to lacerate themselves over
conventional notions of family life, the complexities of life, nor a
demand to cry because babies are involved, as the reviewer seems to
think it is.
The Gently show, typically, had long settled into a simplistic police show formula with a mod veneer and a good actor (Martin Shaw) wasted by mediocre plot lines painfully aimed at contemporary issues before this episode aired. The settings, set decoration and costumes make up most of the pleasure of watching the show, additional to interesting guest performances in most episodes. The worst part of the show is an inevitable and tedious recap with heavy-handed moralistic overtones. The producers and writers simply don't trust the audience to get that life is hard, people are confused, crime is messy, and so on. Throw in race relations, homophobia, child abuse, and whatever else seems like dramatic bait and you get the same kind of complacent viewer who must chatter about treating it all like a mum' version of an after-school special.
If I weep, I weep at the waste of talent and potential. As well as the multi-year quandary they all obviously have dealt with concerning what the heck to do with Gently's hair. The Bacchus character, unfortunately, is beyond all help - that was simply an initial casting error.
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