Inspector George Gently (2007–2017)
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Gently and the New Age 

The Met's new Special Investigations Squad boss asks Gently to investigate high levels of corruption within the force.


Bryn Higgins


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Shaw ... George Gently
Roger Barclay ... Defence Counsel
Damien Matthews Damien Matthews ... Prosecuting Counsel
Adam Levy ... Ian Lister
Geoffrey Breton ... Jonny Wilson / Mark Hogg
Steven Robertson ... Owen Thompson
Jon Culshaw ... Impressionist
Phil Corbitt Phil Corbitt ... Senior Officer
Lee Ingleby ... John Bacchus
Lisa McGrillis ... Rachel Coles
Richard Harrington ... Michael Clements
Naomi Frederick Naomi Frederick ... Adele Watson
Maria Tecce Maria Tecce ... Isabella Gently
Don Gallagher Don Gallagher ... Dr. Bob Anderton
Rachel Bavidge Rachel Bavidge ... Mrs. Pierce


The Old Bailey, London, 1970. Gently is bowing out of the force on a professional high when he is approached by a covert anti-corruption police unit with one last tantalizing job: the cold case of a young girl murdered four years ago in new town Washington, County Durham. The investigation finds Gently tracking MP Michael Clements, a charismatic politician who fearlessly pursues political reform in the North, promotes ever-closer links to Europe, and who is tipped to be a future Labour Prime Minister. When the investigation leads to a murky web of union and political intrigue, placing Bacchus and Rachel in danger, will Gently do the unthinkable and bend the course of justice? How can Bacchus and Gently repair their frosty relationship - and faced with mortal danger, how will Gently and his team survive?

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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30 October 2017 (UK) See more »

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This episode was originally set to broadcast on 28 May 2017, but was postponed due to the story-line dealing with a controversial politician and its proximity to the 2017 general election in the UK. See more »


When Inspector George Gently visits the record pressing plant in Washington, County Durham (RCA opened a plant there in May 1970), the walls are adorned with gold and platinum discs. These weren't awarded by the BPI until August 1973, three years after the scene is set. See more »

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Gently and the New Age
12 November 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

We have reached the end of the line with George Gently. Approaching retirement, Gently is approached by the head of the anti corruption unit to examine an unsolved case of a young woman who was murdered four years earlier in County Durham.

Up and coming local Labour MP, Michael Clements is somehow being put in the frame for the murder as he knew the dead woman and he is also causing waves with his third way rhetoric. Even the establishment seems to be wary of him and Gently becomes aware of this as one of the security services henchman might had been involved in the death of his own wife.

Bacchus and his new assistant Rachel Coles investigate the killing of a scab worker crossing a picket line. What might be a death caused by a violent striker turns out to be more sinister again with government agents being involved.

A striking look at 1970s industrial relations and the sinister side of the security services, the type which tried to nobble Prime Minister Harold Wilson a few years later.

It might not be a satisfactory ending but I think there was little else where Gently could go. At least we also get to see a more mature Bacchus who finally has some of Gently's wisdom rub off on him.

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