Inspector George Gently (2007–2017)
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Gently Going Under 

A suspicious death in the mine in Burnsend leads Gently and Bacchus to explore the tensions and relationships in a community whose seams have been ripped wide open by politics.

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Ben Bolt

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Poppy Lee Friar ... Hannah Hawkes
Lucy Cohu ... Margaret Turner
Michael Socha ... Joe Turner
Lewis Reeves ... Sam Hawkes
Simon Greenall Simon Greenall ... Peter Turner
Martin Shaw ... George Gently
Lee Ingleby ... John Bacchus
Nicholas Rowe ... Martin Langham
Rick Warden ... Dennis Morden
Jack Deam ... Billy Shearer
Dale Meeks Dale Meeks ... Panda Wheelan
Ralph Ineson ... Arthur Hawkes
Anna Bolton Anna Bolton ... Nurse Janet
Lisa McGrillis ... Rachel Coles
Simon Hubbard ... PC Taylor
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Storyline

Gently and Bacchus are called to Burnsend Colliery, a pit facing closure, where shop steward Arthur Hawkes has been murdered and his body left underground for some days. Fellow miners Billy and Panda are angry because they believe Arthur knew the pit was due to shut and had got a job elsewhere whilst Arthur disapproved of his daughter Hannah seeing young miner Joe Turner and his son held him responsible for his mother's early death. Three hundred pounds is found in Arthur's locker, his winnings from owning a racing greyhound. This leads to Gently uncovering a greyhound doping scandal but it is the revelation of a secret from a quarter of a century earlier which finally unmasks the killer. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 2014 (UK) See more »

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(DVD)

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Goofs

In wide shots of the colliery, showing the wheels of the winding engine, both wheels revolved in the same direction. This never happened with real collieries: one lift cage always rose to the surface as the other went down underground, in order to balance the load. See more »

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Danger underground
2 June 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 nearly applies here again in "Gently Going Under". 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.

My only complaint here is the motive, which is rather clichéd and ordinary, other 'Inspector George Gently' have more inspired motives.

"Gently Going Under" shows 'Inspector George Gently' still delivering on a consistent level, no bad episodes up to this point. It is indicative that the show has found its feet and hit its stride. It doesn't quite have the emotional impact of other episodes that tackled daring themes, but it still delivers on providing a good mystery well worth investing in.

However, "Gently Going Under", 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 is easy to follow and absorbing with a good deal of suspense. The climax is very memorable. "Gently Going Under", 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, excellent. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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