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George Gently

Series 1
(DVD - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
George Gently


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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.
Title: George Gently
Series 1
[videorecording]
Publisher: Silver Spring, MD :, Acorn Media,, [2008]
Edition: Widescreen
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (ca. 265 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: a Company Pictures production for BBC ; produced by Jake Lushington ; written by Peter Flannery and Mick Ford ; directed by Euros Lyn and Clarán Donnelly
Notes: Title from container
Based on the books by Alan Hunter
Special features: text interviews with Martin Shaw, Lee Ingleby, and writer/producer Peter Flannery ; biography of Martin Shaw
Special features and language options may vary by copy
Contents: Gently go man (89 min.)
The burning man (88 min.)
Bomber's moon (88 min.)
Summary: 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.
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama GEORGE1
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Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

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.

Report This 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.

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.

Report This 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.

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

Superb cinematography, great casting and solid storyline.

Report This Mar 24, 2011
  • donji rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Superb evocation of life and police work in North England in the '60s. Plays on all the contradictions in English society of the time - class, race, age, gender and politics with compassion and without cliche. Though I cannot vouch for its authenticity through personal experience, the series is one of the best of the contemporary "realistic" style police dramas. Excellent production values, very good writing and truly great acting.

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