When two deaths connect in an unexpected way, Gently finds himself drawn into the world of drugs and LSD, and considering a Cold-War conspiracy.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Oliver Johnstone ...
Scott Tanner
Francis Walsh
Leonard Price
Brigadier Phillips
Mark Tanner
Stefan Lesley
James Darwin
Jennifer Bing
Bradley Gardner ...
Eddie Fuller
Charlotte Tate
ACC Hale


Young Scott Tanner flees a gay Turkish bath after apparently killing a man for no reason and is found wandering, with no memory of what happened. Scott had been discharged from the army on mental health grounds and was seeing psychiatrist Stefan Lesley, who is murdered after speaking to Gently and whose will names six beneficiaries, including Scott, all soldiers. Stefan had previously worked at a sinister military establishment, Hopewood, where Gently finds himself stone-walled, but where Stefan had visited the day before his death. Eventually Gently learns from Hopewood psychiatrist Jennifer Bing that the six legatees had all been soldiers involved in drug trials as part of a Cold War experiment. They all had another secret which Stefan wanted to expose, resulting in his death at the hands of the person who brainwashed Scott and his friends. Written by don @ minifie-1

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20 February 2014 (UK)  »

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George Gently: Come on.
John Bacchus: Where are we going?
George Gently: To see Scott Tanner's psychiatrist.
John Bacchus: Must be plenty of money in listening to folk sit and whinge all day.
George Gently: I should get a bonus then, shouldn't I - listening to you all day.
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Gently uncovers dubious experiments involving the army
20 February 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When a man is murdered in a Turkish baths it looks like an open and shut case; the killer was seen leaving the scene and left his wallet containing I. D. in his locker. Inevitably the case isn't quite as simple as it seems; a year previously he had been discharged from the army on medical grounds. The plot thickens further when his psychiatrist is found hanged; it looks like suicide but Gently isn't so sure. The investigation leads them to secret experiments carried out by the MOD; experiments that somebody is more than a little desperate to keep hidden.

This was another enjoyable episode which nicely wrong-footed me… the opening suggested it was 'gays in the army' story but that was ultimately almost irrelevant. The scenes where we saw footage of the experiments nicely copied the feel actual footage of real experiments undertaken at the time… although for dramatic reasons things went a lot further here. As well as the main story we learn some interesting facts about Gently's past; facts that clearly made him the man we see. As always the acting is solid from both regular and guest members of the cast… it was nice to see Lisa McGrillis' character; WPC Rachel Coles used a bit more; her characters interaction with DS Bacchus provided a few good chuckles. Overall this was another solid episode.

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