Martin Shaw and Lee Ingleby make this series superior to almost all. The plot lines are quite diverse. Found the setting of the Durham/Newcastle area quite riveting.
Martin Shaw anchors this series very well. The stories are not redundant, as many are, and the supporting cast turns in excellent performances. Highly recommended
So well done, I have watched all the series before, but still get lots of
pleasure watching again.
I enjoyed this series especially for the place (northern England) and the time setting (1964) - George Gently an older, by-the-books police detective from London goes north to Durham, England to investigate. He encounters the local police and works with a younger officer, John Bacchus, who is kind of geeky but eager to learn and to impress. The first episode has them dealing with a motorcycle gang, who are all James Dean and Marlon Brandon tough guys (the motorcycles are probably cool given the time era.) Gently is tough on police corruption and something seems to be happening in Durham - police beating interrogation suspects for information and planting evidence. The police setting is so 60s, no cellphones, no computers - I got a laugh out of the giant manual typewriters used by the police. Episode 2 deals with an IRA situation and suspect - Durham, UK is far north near the Scottish border and has an Irish segment from northern Ireland. They make references to the Irish troubles in northern Ireland. Episode 3 deals with a missing German citizen in Durham which brings back a lot of WWII reflections. George fought in WWII, he has a drunken informant in London who he sends for to bring him up to Durham. The informant was in a Nazi prison camp for 5 years and understands German very well. George is a true cop but seems to have a soft side for others - looks after his informant, looking after his geeky Durham cop who gets tempted by a bribe. Other comments thought there were plot holes in the stories, I didn't really notice, the murder mysteries were more of a side plot to the fascinating time period. Will watch future episodes!
Wonderful series, Taking place in Northern England - Newcastle and Duram- in the sixties. Enjoyed the characters of Gently and Baccus
First episode was "heavy" (it stayed in my mind for days after, esp since just coming off a lighthearted Midsomer Murders binge watch) but it did leave me wanting more. Have watched every episode to end of series 7. Just watch this really good British drama - you'll get what I mean. Oh, and you might want to get a piping hot cup of tea and a blanket... those cold, grey, rainy, windy scenes get right in your bones. 4+ Stars
George Gently is my newest favourite British crime drama. Detective Gently is a no-nonsense pitbull of a cop with a heart of gold. The acting and writing are superb and the attention to detail of the era it portrays is just excellent. I give it a well-deserved four stars.
I really enjoyed this. set in 1964: no cell phones, no instant dna. just dogged determination. this has great characters.
British crime drama set in 1960's - very accurate of the time, which sometimes looks laughable now. I like the details of dress, cars, speech, etc. Accurate depiction of Yorkshire. So, I'm a Martin Shaw fan.
Episodes can be watched out of sequence, but there are some important details in Episode 1: Gently Go Man. Especially the relationship with young Bacchus, who is eager to transfer to the Met. Gently reveals his lasting regret at not intervening years ago with a young officer, famous for planting evidence to make a case, who went on to become a notoriously corrupt police detective. As Bacchus' new boss, he deliberately blocks the transfer in order to keep him there with him. Some glaring gaps in plot lines, but otherwise very watchable.
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