With the help of DS John Bacchus, Inspector George Gently spends his days bringing to justice members of the criminal underworld who are unfortunate enough to have the intrepid investigator assigned to their cases.
Don, his alcoholic wife Denise and Daley 'The Dancing Bear' are waiting on the moors to hear about a job. However, a fight, a disappearance and a death leads to unwanted attention from the police but a budding romance with a local widow.
Tim Piggot-Smith was Chief Constable John Stafford in series 1, 2 and the first 2 episodes of series 3. Martin Shaw's Alan Cade was assisting Stafford in the initial episodes of series 3 before being awarded the Chief's job following Stafford's promotion to a job with Europol. See more »
Chief Constable Alan Cade:
[to his superior]
My arse belongs on the bonfire! I don't want to sit with you! I'm in the arena, fighting for freedom of expression, right of assembly, access to information, all the things that you people are chipping away at. I'm not doing this out of caprice, I'm doing it because I believe it's right, it's what I have to do!
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There were, of course, actually two chiefs. Tim Piggot Smith did the first two years followed by Martin Shaw. The series was set in East Anglia with the Chief in charge of a fictional large force covering all of it. There is also the obligatory woman senior officer. Neither was an accurate representation of a Chief Constable because both of them were still trying to be Police Officers when they are really just senior management. Shaw, in particular, was forever trying to get his hands dirty at the sharp end and was totally unable to delegate responsibility. I actually enjoyed their battles with the Home Office and Local Politicians a lot better. There is scope to have further series but the writers need to forget that it is about crime and criminals. Just concentrate on the politics.
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