Inspector George Gently (2007–2017)
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Gently Among Friends 

A man is found dead at the backdrop of the Wildcat riots, where rubbish is piling on the streets. The victim was in a lot of debt - but who killed him and why?


Tim Whitby


Alan Hunter (based on the novels by), Peter Flannery (created for television by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Flanagan ... Petey Magath
Louise Brealey ... Jo Parker
Emma Cunniffe ... Anita Magath
Adrian Bower ... Michael Woodruff
Nicholas Sidi ... Scott Parker (as Nick Sidi)
Martin Shaw ... George Gently
Lisa McGrillis ... Rachel Coles
Lee Ingleby ... John Bacchus
Kris Deedigan Kris Deedigan ... Uniformed Sergeant
Luke Maddison Luke Maddison ... Young Man
Vic Reeves Vic Reeves ... Geoffrey (as Jim Moir)
Glyn Pritchard Glyn Pritchard ... Tommy
Paul Brennen Paul Brennen ... Liam Govan
Simon Hubbard ... Taylor
Annabel Scholey Annabel Scholey ... Gemma Nunn


Mouthy Scott Parker noisily toasts his friend Petey at Petey's fortieth birthday party and next day is found dead. He had heavy debts due to his wife Jo's gambling addiction but Gently discounts suicide as Scott had plans for building development in the city, which failed financially. Michael Woodruff, a union leader and old school-mate of Scott and Petey, was amongst those opposing the plans and had publicly fought with Scott whilst Petey was one of the men to whom Scott was in debt. Gently believes that a supposedly friendly fight among the three men following the party holds the key to Scott's death. Meanwhile Bacchus gets to see Gemma again but is concerned that Gently has a health problem he is keeping from him. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

13 May 2015 (UK) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


A banker in a story taking place in 1969, says it's like lending money to Bangladesh. At the time no one, not even a banker, could have guessed that in two years East Pakistan will declare independence and choose to be called Bangladesh thenceforth. See more »


A character in the episode, which is set in 1969, mentions "Bangladesh". Bangladesh was known as "East Pakistan" until 1971, when it seceded from Pakistan after a civil war. See more »


[Bacchus goes undercover to investigate Liam Govan, a loan shark]
Liam Govan: Confident about paying us back, John? Cos we're professionals. We will take your car. We will take your house if necessary. Just so you know what you're getting yourself into. This man...
[he points to his mate]
Liam Govan: ...I've watched him take the rings off the fingers of a bankrupt's wife - and *smile* when he's doing it.
John Bacchus: I tell you what. Leave the rings. Take the wife!
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Opening credits prologue: NEWCASTLE, 1969 See more »

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Murder among friends
4 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 Among Friends". 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 the Women" 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 delivers on providing a good mystery well worth investing in, though it could have done with a more satisfying conclusion that felt more complete.

However, "Gently Among Friends", 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. "Gently Among Friends", 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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