Inspector George Gently (2007–2017)
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Gently in the Night 

Gently and Bacchus hunt for the murderer of a woman whose body is discovered in a local church.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... George Gently
... John Bacchus
Sian Breckin ... Audrey Chadwick
... Flower Lady
... Ronnie Chadwick
Mary Jo Randle ... Mrs Chadwick
... Fawn Granger
... Patrick Donovan
... Helen Donovan
... Margaret Bishop
Eileen Colgan ... Mrs Beaney
... Joe Bishop
... Frank Allingham (as Diarmuid Murtagh)
Siobhán O'Kelly ... Dr Sprague
... PC Taylor


Audrey Chadwick's corpse is found on a church altar and, whilst she told her parents and landlady she was a nurse, the not so happily married Bacchus recognizes her as a hostess at a Playboy-style drinking club he has used, called Rakes, run by brash American Patrick Donovan. Audrey had had an abortion - news to her volatile boyfriend - and the doctor who performed it tells Gently it was because she had been raped. Margaret Bishop, an anti-abortionist, heads a group picketing to close Rakes but her husband is Donovan's lawyer and very much at odds with Margaret's views. He admits intimacy with Audrey but denies rape, nonetheless making him the prime suspect. After the murderer has been unmasked the club is shut down and Gently, having earlier accused Bacchus of being out of condition for his youth, bizarrely takes him on in a charity boxing match. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






Release Date:

10 May 2009 (UK)  »

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16 : 9
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Did You Know?


Brendan Coyle and Clare Calbraith who play Mr and Mrs Donovan, owners of the Foxes Club, both appeared in Downton Abbey. Coyle played Bates, valet to Robert Crowley, Earl of Grantham and Calbraith played one of the maids and Grantham's sidepiece for a short period of time. See more »


In the final scene the murderer is executed. Murder by stabbing became non-capital in Britain in 1957, several years before the series is set. See more »


George Gently: [about Donovan] I trust that bloke about as far as I can throw him.
George Gently: Don't take up poker, Sergeant!
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References Doctor Who (1963) See more »


We Shall Overcome
Traditional protest song, musical and lyrical adaptation by Zilphia Horton, Frank Hamilton, Guy Carawan and Pete Seeger
Performed by the God Squad
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Into the night
25 May 2018 | by See all my reviews

As a huge fan of detective/crime/mystery series, there is the admission that it took me a while to start watching 'Inspector George Gently', worrying as to whether it would appeal to me for "can't put my finger on it" reasons other than being young at the time and not being as knowledgeable of the period. Getting into the show eight years ago and continuing to watch it without fail, it turned out to be simply wonderful and actually became a favourite.

After a very solid, if still settling, start in "Gently Go Man", it felt like 'Inspector George Gently' started to hit its stride with "The Burning Man" and that continued with "Bomber's Moon". The show hit a high point here with "Gently with the Innocents" and "Gently in the Night" is very nearly as good. There is a lot here already that is particularly good about 'Inspector George Gently' and it definitely makes one want to carry on watching.

"Gently in the Night" is not quite as good as the previous episode "Gently with the Innocents", slightly lacking that episode's emotional impact which is the sole reason really for not putting it on that episode's level. It is indicative though that the show has found its feet. For my tastes, the ending does ramble a bit and could have been shorter, though it intrigues still.

However, "Gently in the Night", like the rest of the show, looks great, often beautiful. It is strikingly filmed and the scenery and period detail are atmospheric, handsome and evocative, a lot of work and care went into re-creating the period and it shows loud and clear. The music is stirring and haunting, dynamic with what's going on and never intrusive.

The writing already shows a lot of thought-provoking intelligence and balances subtle humour and drama very well and executing both individually just as well. The direction is alert and accommodating and the story, despite having an air of familiarity at times and not as rich as other stories for other episodes, is easy to follow and absorbing with a good deal of suspense. "Gently in the Night", and 'Inspector Gently' in general, is very interesting for how British law was like in the 60s and how much it's changed and come on compared to now.

Love the chemistry between Gently and Bacchus, one of the most interesting and well-contrasted detective/crime/mystery drama pairings (perhaps the most interesting since Morse and Lewis). The two couldn't have more different personalities and how they gel and clash entertains and intrigues. Both are fascinating characters already, and became even more fascinating as the show progressed.

Can't fault the acting, the continually brilliant performances from Martin Shaw and Lee Ingleby here and throughout the show are career highs for both actors. All the support is good.

Summing up, excellent. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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