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 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's last case
5 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", but what should have been the best 'Inspector George Gently' episode, being the final one, sadly was the weakest to me. There is a lot here however 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 and the New Age" shows 'Inspector George Gently' still delivering on a consistent level, but at the same time for a series finale it didn't feel completely satisfying. It doesn't quite have the emotional impact of other episodes that tackled daring themes, yet there is the tension and tautness are there. Like Rachel a good deal and her chemistry with Bacchus adds hugely to the episode.

Would have loved much more of Gently and Bacchus together though, for such a fascinating duo and one of the biggest driving forces of the show there wasn't enough of it.

Some things disappointingly don't add up in plausibility, including a big revelation concerning a major character that is brought up too suddenly and not developed enough. While very sad, the ending lacks the shock factor which would have been there if it wasn't so derivative and not as foreseeable.

Furthermore, "Gently and the New Age", 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 and the New Age", 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.

Acting is very good as usual, with Martin Shaw, Lee Ingleby and Lisa McGrillis being brilliant.

In summary, very good but was expecting more. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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