Inspector George Gently (2007–2017)
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Gently and Bacchus go to a family holiday camp to investigate staff and holidaymakers, after the body of one of the bluecoats is washed up nearby.

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Bill Anderson

Writers:

Alan Hunter (based on the novels by), Peter Flannery (created for television by) | 1 more credit »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Isabella Walters Isabella Walters ... Little Girl
Pixie Lott ... Megan Webb
Martin Shaw ... George Gently
Lee Ingleby ... John Bacchus
Lisa McGrillis ... Rachel Coles
Jodie Comer ... Justine Leyland
Andrea Lowe ... Cherry Stretch
Lee Boardman ... Todd Stretch
Neil McDermott ... Gary Manners
Emma Fielding ... Agnes Webb
Sean Kenney Sean Kenney ... Patrick Webb
Katie Anderson Katie Anderson ... Leigh Anne Bacchus
Melanie Clark Pullen Melanie Clark Pullen ... Lisa Bacchus
Amelia Young Amelia Young ... Gail Arnold
Lisa Riley Lisa Riley ... Sylvia Ryan
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Rachel Coles is now working with Gently but Bacchus, already angry at the restrictive access ex-wife Lisa gives him to their daughter, is not exactly welcoming. The team is called in when the body of Megan Webb is found on a beach. Megan worked at the Bluebird holiday camp run by brother and sister Todd and Cherry Stretch, anxious to keep the camp their father opened in the family despite falling numbers of guests. Megan's correct mother Agnes was unsympathetic to her daughter's desire to become a performer but, having paid a secret visit to her and watched her sing, she admits to being proud of her. Bacchus takes a dislike to Gary Manners, Megan's boyfriend and self-styled ladies man who, on the night of the murder, was having sex with married Sylvia Ryan - for money. Indeed Gently realizes that many of the staff, male and female, were working as prostitutes to keep the camp afloat and that Megan's reluctance to take part ultimately would lead to her death. Not only does Gently solve... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 2014 (UK) See more »

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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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When Gently and Bacchus interview Megan's cabin-mate, Gail, they address her as Miss Smith. However the character is listed in the credits as Gail Arnold. See more »

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I Can't Stop the Feeling I've Got for You
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Bluecoat blues
31 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 nearly applies here again in "Blue for Bluebird". 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.

"Blue for Bluebird" 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 and it has a lighter tone in comparison to previous episodes, but it still delivers on providing a good mystery well worth investing in.

However, "Blue for Bluebird", 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. "Blue for Bluebird", 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. Bacchus' subplot has a lot of heart.

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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