Inspector George Gently (2007–2017)
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Peace & Love 

When an academic is found dead after a CND rally, Gently and Bacchus are dispatched to Durham University to investigate his background - and find themselves in the midst of a wave of social and sexual rebellion.


Daniel O'Hara


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

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Episode complete credited cast:
Lee Ingleby ... John Bacchus
Simon Hubbard ... PC Taylor
Sarah Lancashire ... Mallory Brown
MyAnna Buring ... Adriana Doyle (as Myanna Buring)
Kerrie Hayes ... Elizabeth Higgs
Emun Elliott ... Fraser Barratt
Martin Shaw ... George Gently
Warren Clarke ... Charles Hexton
Tim Dann Tim Dann ... Pathologist
Francis Magee ... Chief Constable Lilley
Neil Armstrong Neil Armstrong ... Night Watchman
James Atherton ... David Swift
Gary Amers Gary Amers ... Seagull Barman
David Whitaker David Whitaker ... Man
Harry Hepple Harry Hepple ... Student


The year is 1966 and the football World Cup has come to England. With the USSR due to play at Roker Park and the fear of the 'Reds Under the Bed' exemplified by the upcoming Polaris submarine landing at the nearby Jarrow docks, tensions are running high. CND protesters, lead by radical students from Durham University, are the last thing the police need when the world media is on their doorstep awaiting the upcoming football match. Gently and Bacchus investigate the murder of a well know Lefty academic, found dead in the docks post a CND rally. This takes them onto the Durham University campus - an ancient temple of learning struggling to come to terms with the novel influx of students from the working class and brash, radical, academics. Sexual and Social rebellion is everywhere in the air and to the young and optimistic these forces seem inevitable and unstoppable. Bacchus is horrified yet fascinated by the promiscuity on display. Gently, a war veteran, more shrewdly recognises that ... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

3 October 2010 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


This episode features a guest appearance from Warren Clarke, the star of another of the BBC's top police drama's Dalziel and Pascoe. See more »


In the missing girl's dorm room, Bachus picks up a paperback copy of "The Medium Is the Massage," which was published in 1967, but the title card in the beginning of the episode states that it's taking place in 1966. See more »


John Bacchus: [picking up a photo frame during a search] And what is his name?
Adriana Doyle: Che
John Bacchus: Does he have a second name?
Adriana Doyle: Guevara
John Bacchus: Is he her boyfriend?
Adriana Doyle: Have you really never heard of Che Guevara?
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The horrors of rebellion
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", though dipping ever so slightly with "Peace and Love". There is a lot here that is particularly good about 'Inspector George Gently' and it shows that it is not at all hard to see why the show appeals to many.

"Peace and Love" is not quite one of my favourite episodes from 'Inspector George Gently'. Nonetheless it is indicative that the show has found its feet and hit its stride. Let down only by the culprit being a little too obvious too early thanks to a lack of subtle writing for the character and how they are characterised.

However, "Peace and Love", 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. "Peace and Love", 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.

Overall, great. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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