Inspector George Gently (2007–2017)
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Gently with Honour 

When two deaths connect in an unexpected way, Gently finds himself drawn into the world of drugs and LSD, and considering a Cold-War conspiracy.

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... George Gently
Oliver Johnstone ... Scott Tanner
... Francis Walsh
Steven Hamilton ... Leonard Price
... Brigadier Phillips
... John Bacchus
... Mark Tanner
... Rachel Coles
... PC Taylor
... Stefan Lesley
... James Darwin
... Jennifer Bing
Bradley Gardner ... Eddie Fuller
... Charlotte Tate
Ford Kiernan ... ACC Hale
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Young Scott Tanner flees a gay Turkish bath after apparently killing a man for no reason and is found wandering, with no memory of what happened. Scott had been discharged from the army on mental health grounds and was seeing psychiatrist Stefan Lesley, who is murdered after speaking to Gently and whose will names six beneficiaries, including Scott, all soldiers. Stefan had previously worked at a sinister military establishment, Hopewood, where Gently finds himself stone-walled, but where Stefan had visited the day before his death. Eventually Gently learns from Hopewood psychiatrist Jennifer Bing that the six legatees had all been soldiers involved in drug trials as part of a Cold War experiment. They all had another secret which Stefan wanted to expose, resulting in his death at the hands of the person who brainwashed Scott and his friends. Written by don @ minifie-1

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20 February 2014 (UK)  »

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George Gently: You know that the 'greater good', and personal interest often end up the same thing.
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Cold War Gently
31 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" and the high point standards applies here again in "Gently with Honour". 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 Honour" 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, yet there is the tension and tautness that the previous episode "Blue for Bluebird" didn't quite have.

However, "Gently with Honour", 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 definitely 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. "Gently with Honour", 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, brilliant. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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