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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Alan Hunter's George Gently novels are set in East Anglia, around the area in Norfolk where he grew up, but the TV series is set in County Durham and Series 1 and 2 were filmed in Ireland. 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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Beyond cops and robbers
22 June 2015 | by fung0See all my reviews

There are two massive reasons to like and admire this series.

1. The characters. The solid, thoughtful Inspector Gently is perfectly matched against his hot-headed subordinate Bacchus. I love both these personalities, and the way their peculiar, very 1960s outlooks interlock. Bacchus in particular is a really great creation, because he's likable in spite of his obvious faults.

2. The fact that it's ABOUT something. These are not just mindless whodunit puzzles. Each episode of the show has a strong point to make. In fact, multiple points. About how attitudes have evolved, during and since the 1960s. About human nature. About the law, and policing. This is a show that works as a police procedural, but also works extremely well as drama.

Apart from those two strengths, the show has atmosphere, a unique style, great dialog, and seething emotional confrontations. It's thoughtful, yet never slow. In fact, it's good on every conceivable level, including many that are rarely present in mere TV entertainment.

In short, this is one of the best cop shows ever to come out of the UK. Or anywhere else, for that matter.

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Release Date:

8 April 2007 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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Dolby Digital



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