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.


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Series cast summary:
Martin Shaw ...  George Gently 25 episodes, 2007-2017
Lee Ingleby ...  John Bacchus 25 episodes, 2007-2017
Simon Hubbard ...  PC Taylor / ... 24 episodes, 2007-2017
Lisa McGrillis ...  Rachel Coles 10 episodes, 2014-2017


The show throws Chief Inspector George Gently into a maelstrom of murders and mayhem, whilst lovingly recreating the swinging sixties as it finally hits the North-East, in perfect and nostalgic detail. With his sidekick, the ambitious and undisciplined Detective Sergeant John Bacchus, they make the perfect police partnership, full of warmth and humour. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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From Series 3, the series has been filmed in County Durham. The production has been based at the old Whinney Hill School, which is also used as the front of the Police Station with a wonderful view of Durham Cathedral. See more »


In "Gently With Class" Bachuss refers to "Hooray Henry's from the Bullingdon club " which is an oblique reference to then PM David Cameron, (and colleagues George Osbourne, Boris Johnson).However the term "Hooray Henry" was not in use in the 1960s and a provincial Newcastle policeman would be unlikely to have been aware of an exclusive club for aristocrats at Oxford university. See more »


John Bacchus: [Gently and Bacchus are on the ground. Both wounded in the Cathedral shootout by Donald McGhee. Gently crawls over to Bacchus] I was - always on your side.
George Gently: I know. I'm sorry. I left you unarmed.
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Versatile retrospect to the living in North-Eastern England in the 1960ies
20 August 2015 | by BeneCumbSee all my reviews

/refers to seasons 1-7/ Yes, like most British crime series, Inspector George Gently is not just solving crimes, it gives a broad overview of vices and virtues, ups and downs around the place the events take place. True, the stuff and solutions are not of equal interest and wittiness, but they seem realistic, not artificially constructed. Unlike some other series, as for private moments, the one in question focuses on the ones of George Gently and John Bacchus (performed masterfully by Martin Shaw and Lee Ingleby, respectively), providing additional background for their thoughts and deeds, but still not filling the screen-time in vain. The only "minus" from me goes to the fact that the main characters remain rather static, their principle do not "open" even after decisive changes in the society; on the other hand, however, it was pleasant to follow the environment characteristic to that era, yet constant smoking jangled my nerves quite a lot :) Thus, a meaty creation, to be recommended to watch in sequence, but not mandatory - there are enough references to necessary moments happened before. I took my time to watch all seasons, and I am contented, although each episode is around 1.5 hours...

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8 April 2007 (USA) See more »

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