A suspicious death in the mine in Burnsend leads Gently and Bacchus to explore the tensions and relationships in a community whose seams have been ripped wide open by politics.

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Hannah Hawkes
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Margaret Turner
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Joe Turner
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Sam Hawkes
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Peter Turner
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George Gently
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John Bacchus
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Martin Langham
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Dennis Morden
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Billy Shearer
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Panda Wheelan
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Arthur Hawkes
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Nurse Janet
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Rachel Coles
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PC Taylor
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Gently and Bacchus are called to Burnsend Colliery, a pit facing closure, where shop steward Arthur Hawkes has been murdered and his body left underground for some days. Fellow miners Billy and Panda are angry because they believe Arthur knew the pit was due to shut and had got a job elsewhere whilst Arthur disapproved of his daughter Hannah seeing young miner Joe Turner and his son held him responsible for his mother's early death. Three hundred pounds is found in Arthur's locker, his winnings from owning a racing greyhound. This leads to Gently uncovering a greyhound doping scandal but it is the revelation of a secret from a quarter of a century earlier which finally unmasks the killer. Written by don @ minifie-1

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In the pub scene, when Gentley and Bacchus are having pints together, behind Gentley is a row of books. Some books can clearly be seen to be from the Readers Digest "World's Best Reading" Series, which were not published until the 1980s and 1990s. See more »

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Death of a miner
27 February 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When a miner is found dead in a local pit Gently and Bacchus find themselves investigating a murder eight hundred feet underground. The location means that only those people down the mine at the time could have done it but it is surprising how many of them had a motive. With rumours circulating about the pit's possible closure it emerges that the dead man, who was the shop steward, had been set up with a job elsewhere; apparently helping himself rather than the miners he was meant to be representing. There are other possible motives too; he didn't like a fellow miner his daughter was seeing and had recently come into a sum of money betting on greyhounds he co-owned with two other colleagues.

While the investigation is going on Gently is being pressured to accept a promotion that will see him transferred to the traffic division and WPC Coles doesn't help matters when she accidentally lets slip that Gently has aggravated an old wound while underground. Knowing that he might be forced out Gently suggests to Bacchus that maybe it is time for him to seek promotion too.

This was a solid episode that provided a good finale to the current series… the knowledge that there wouldn't be an episode next week certainly increased the tension when Gently was in a dangerous situation underground. Thankfully he survives as Martin Shaw and Lee Ingleby have a good chemistry as Gently and Bacchus, despite their characters' different temperaments. The story was good although the motive turned out to be the sort of cliché that seems to happen more in murder mysteries than in real life! Once again Bacchus provided some good laughs; this time expressing his views on the mining communities; although as the son of a miner he had had some experience of them. Overall this was a decent conclusion to the season; I hope there will be more to come.


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