Inspector George Gently (2007–2017)
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Gently Through the Mill 

Gently and Bacchus arrive in a small town to investigate when a mill manager is found hanged in what seems to be a suicide case.


Ciaran Donnelly (as Ciarán Donnelly)


Alan Hunter (novel), Peter Flannery (created for television by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Goodman-Hill ... Sam Draper
Nicholas Jones ... Henry Blythely
Joe Duttine Joe Duttine ... Patrick Fuller
Lee Ingleby ... John Bacchus
Simon Hubbard ... PC Taylor
Martin Shaw ... George Gently
Trevor Cooper ... Nicholas Mundy
Tim McInnerny ... Geoffrey Pershore
Justin McDonald ... Jed Jimpson
Anne Hornby Anne Hornby ... Mrs Blythely
Kate Heppell Kate Heppell ... Julie
Julia Ford ... Mrs Fuller
David MacCreedy David MacCreedy ... Lilley's Clerk
Mal Whyte Mal Whyte ... Chief Constable Lilley
Alan McKenna ... Maurice Hilton


Days before the 1964 General Election manager Patrick Fuller is found dead and the safe robbed at the flour mill he once owned but, financially strapped, he sold for a pittance to prospective Labour M.P. Geoffrey Pershore. Fuller's widow knows he was in an affair with a colleague's wife and the surly foreman, who blackmailed them, is the next corpse to be discovered. Bacchus discovers that Fuller was a Mason and infiltrates the local lodge to find a witness, leading Gently and himself to not one but two killers. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




UK | Ireland



Release Date:

24 May 2009 (UK) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


In Geoffrey Pershore's campaign office there is a poster of the Muhammad Ali vs George Foreman fight on the wall. This fight took place on October 30, 1974 which is 10 years after the setting of this episode. See more »


[Maurice Hilton was a health inspector who traced an outbreak of food poisoning to Geoffrey Pershore's mill, but did not issue a closure notice because Pershore was a fellow Freemason]
John Bacchus: Yes, I remember this, now. Yeah, you blamed a Chinese chippy for the outbreak, didn't you?
Maurice Hilton: It *deserved* to be closed. I found half a goat in the fridge once.
John Bacchus: [grinning] Scapegoat, was it?
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References The Great Escape (1963) See more »

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Case of the hanged miller
26 May 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee 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 with "Gently with the Innocents" and the high point standards continued and present here in "Gently Through the Mill". 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 Through the Mill" is one of my favourite episodes from 'Inspector George Gently'. It is indicative that the show has found its feet and hit its stride. It may not quite have the emotional impact and succeeding emotional reactions after watching of "Gently in the Blood" and "Gently with the Innocents" but it is a powerful episode nonetheless.

However, "Gently Through the Mill", 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 has 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 Through the Mill", 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, 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, particularly from Nicholas Jones and Tim McInnerny as the two most interesting characters.

All in all, brilliant. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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