After his wife Isabella is killed by a hit and run driver, Inspector George Gently considers retiring. But when Johnny, a member of a biking gang in the North East, is also run over and Gently hears that Webster, whom he believes to have killed Isabella, is in the area, he travels North to investigate, teaming up with ambitious young sergeant John Bacchus. Aware that local inspector Setters is probably corrupt and involved in the assault on his informant China Mates, Gently realises that he and Webster are actually both investigating the same crime as Webster is Johnny's father. The two men finally meet for a confrontation with the real murderer.
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Did You Know?
The title of this pilot and subsequent series is "George Gently." Beginning with the second series the name was change to "Inspector George Gently." See more
Discussing homosexual offences, Gently says the Labour Party had promised to decriminalise them if elected. Actually they never did, the 1967 Sexual Offences Act was a private members bill (not a government bill) introduced by the Earl of Arran, and almost a copy of the bill he first proposed in 1961. See more
You know, impector, I spent half of my life talking to the scum, and I pride myself that I never get angry. It's not my job to get angry.