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.
Did You Know?
In early 2010 the BBC announced it had secured funding from the North East Content Fund to produce additional episodes in the series. See more
Many early episodes end with a scene of the murderer being executed, however in 1957 the death penalty was abolished except for murders using firearms or explosives, murders of police and prison officers, or multiple murders. See more
[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.
I know. I'm sorry. I left you unarmed.