Inspector George Gently (2007–2017)
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Gently Liberated 

Gently and Bacchus become involved in an investigation that may be a miscarriage of justice.

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Robert Del Maestro

Writers:

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
Lee Ingleby ... John Bacchus
Heather Carroll Heather Carroll ... Ring Girl
Lisa McGrillis ... Rachel Coles
Lorcan Cranitch ... ACC Nicholls
Steven Elder ... Tommy Norton
Don Gallagher Don Gallagher ... Dr. Bob Anderton
Simon Hubbard ... PC Taylor
Emma Rigby ... Betty Platt
Rebecca Boey Rebecca Boey ... Freddy
Julia Barrie Julia Barrie ... Art Teacher
Victoria Bewick Victoria Bewick ... Marion Liddell
Ruby McAvoy Ruby McAvoy ... Young Marion
Anamaria Marinca ... Eve Liddell
Mary Stockley ... Patricia Willis
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Storyline

The North East, 1970. On the brink of retirement, DCI Gently and his team investigate a body found in a chemical waste tank. When Gently discovers the victim's wife was convicted of the murder eight years ago, he decides to re-open the case - a controversial move. But DI Bacchus opposes Gently's decision, not least because he worked as a DS on the original investigation - putting mentor and protege at complete odds. Is Gently about to expose an appalling miscarriage of justice, or will he sacrifice his reputation and legacy for a convicted murderer? And can Rachel help heal the widening rift between her superiors, whilst navigating being a woman in a professional male world? Finally, will the team finally prove beyond doubt the identity of the killer?

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 2017 (UK) See more »

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Gently uses a Maglite flashlight to illuminate the tank in which the body is found. The series is set in 1970 but the MagLite was not introduced until 1979. See more »

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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" and the high point standards applies here again in the penultimate episode "Gently Liberated". 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 Liberated" 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 are there. Like Rachel a good deal.

Furthermore, "Gently Liberated", 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. The climax is satisfying. "Gently Liberated", 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 and never let go.

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, especially from Lisa McGrillis.

Overall, wonderful. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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