Gently and Bacchus look into the suspicious death of Gently's old friend and ex-snout, China.

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James Acton ... Danny Shepherd
Jay Miller ... David Blackburn
Niek Versteeg ... John Blackburn
... George Gently
... Liz Thompson
... PC Taylor
... John Bacchus
Philip Harrison ... PC
... China
Jane Holman ... Norma
... Lafferty
... Terri Molloy
Diana O'Hara ... Ward Sister
Darren Morfitt ... Paul Collison
... Sgt Molloy
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Gently learns that his old informant China Mates has died, after an apparently accidental fall in the nearby town of Wellaby. He suspects foul play when a nurse contradicts the coroner's report and it transpires that her husband, Sergeant Tommy Molloy, took China to hospital and not an ambulance. Gently visits his colleague, Superintendant Alan Shepherd, whose autistic son Danny was robbed by the thieving teenage Blackburn brothers, one of whom has recently disappeared and the other is discovered a gibbering wreck. Gently initially believes that Molloy killed China and blamed the young thugs though ultimately a different cover-up is exposed, which tests Gently's loyalty and earns him the derision of Bacchus. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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The ambulance in the hospital shot has been used in many 60s based dramas including The Royal and Heartbeat. See more »

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John Bacchus: [after failing to get a search warrant from threee magistrates] Do you want me to break in, Guv?
George Gently: Do you want to ask me a different question, John?
John Bacchus: Can I have the afternoon off, Guv?
George Gently: Absolutely.
George Gently: [as Bacchus is walking away] John, don't get caught.
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The Hammer in Me
Performed by Jay Miller
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Gently and China
27 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 with "Gently with the Innocents" continuing in that way until dipping ever so slightly. "Goodbye China" is not quite a high point but is still great. 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.

"Goodbye China" 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. Did feel though that everything with Gently's private life was not quite as interesting as the rest of the episode.

However, "Goodbye China", 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. "Goodbye China", 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. It handles its brave subject matter beautifully too.

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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