Gently and Bacchus experience the inflated authority of their "social betters" firsthand when a beautiful young girl is found dead in the passenger seat of an upturned car registered to local aristocrats.
Ellen Mallam is found dead in a submerged car belonging to Hector Blackstone, on whose estate her father Billy works. Bacchus is instantly hostile as Hector's spoiler son James is known for drunk driving and, whilst Hector is affable, his aristocratic wife Alethea is a dreadful snob with whom Bacchus crosses swords. James has a cut on his forehead and seems upset by the death. Bacchus theorizes that he left Ellen to die, but Gently is less certain. One thing of which he is assured, however, is that the aristocracy will always hold sway.Written by
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The names of John Profumo and Christine Keeler refer to the 1963 Profumo Affair that rocked the British government. John Profumo, the Secretary of State for War in Harold Macmillan's government, and Christine Keeler, an aspiring 19-year model. The revelation forced his resignation and a widening scandal which resulted in the defeat of the Conservative Party in the 1964 elections. See more »
[Lady Blackstone has claimed that her son James was playing backgammon with her the night that their car was involved in a fatal accident, but Lord Blackstone has since said that James was at the pub with him]
That's a nasty cut you've got there, Your Highness. Did you get that playing backgammon?
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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 nearly applies here in "Gently with Class". 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.
"Gently with Class" is a classy episode from 'Inspector George Gently'. It is indicative that the show has found its feet and hit its stride. It has the emotional impact and succeeding emotional reactions after watching of particularly "Gently in the Blood", "Gently Northern Soul" and "Gently with the Innocents" but it is a powerful and beautifully constructed episode nonetheless, handling its subject with sensitivity and non-bias.
However, "Gently with Class", 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 with Class", 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.
All in all, brilliant. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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