George Gently

Series 1

DVD - 2008
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
George Gently
Stubborn, incorruptible old cop George Gently partners with a young, ambitious protege to tackle cases in the North East of England during the turbulent 1960s.

Publisher: Silver Spring, MD : Acorn Media, [2008]
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama GEORGE1
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (ca. 265 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in


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Another fab English police series set in the swinging sixties.

Stubborn, incorruptible old cop George Gently partners with a young, ambitious protege to tackle cases in the North East of England during the turbulent 1960s.

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Jul 21, 2014

I really enjoyed this. set in 1964: no cell phones, no instant dna. just dogged determination. this has great characters.

Feb 24, 2014
  • InvernessS rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Feb 10, 2014
  • Jane_Sm rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Dec 28, 2013
  • Lavenderseas rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent British Detective Series set in the 60's. Touches on social and political content - gritty. The interactions between Gently and Bacchus grabbed me with their intergenerational interactions. The acting is excellent and conveys a strong sense of the characters. I loved this series and look forward to seeing more! Would not recommend for kids under 16.

Sep 09, 2013
  • docjnsuss rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Set in Northumberland during the 1960s George Gently, Series 1 has three compelling episodes. After his wife is killed in a hit and run accident Chief Inspector George Gently considers retirement but ultimately decides to investigate one last case in northern England. Once that case is completed George decides to stay in Northumberland and investigate other murders with local Detective Sargent John Bacchus. George becomes a mentor to DS Bacchus. Anyone who enjoys Martin Shaw (George Gently) may want to watch his previous series Judge John Deed which is another excellent series.

May 01, 2013

I really wanted to like this series, Martin Shaw is a very good actor, unfortunately I found the storylines to be full of rather large holes. I watched the thee episodes of series 1 hoping they would improve, but they didn't.

Mar 22, 2013
  • kwakiutl rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great stories through out the four seasons. Martin Shaw provides a steady intense presence as George Gently. Highly recommended.

Dec 10, 2012

Love British tv series... much better that wahat the U. S. is putting out. Picked this up due to Martin Shaw and have watched the entire series. Great acting and the fact that this was set in the 1960's wasn't a distraction. Watched all 5 seasons and wished there had of been more.

Sep 07, 2011
  • pronto1961 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

a seasoned copper in 1960s britain! authentic, terrific acting, solid characters and not too nostaligic. filmed on location, the photography is lovely.

Apr 19, 2011
  • thayerwilliams rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Superb cinematography, great casting and solid storyline.

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