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  • Actors: Martin Shaw, Phil Davis, Richard Armitage, Lee Ingleby
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 25 May 2009
  • Run Time: 266 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CAR1WW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,693 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Martin Shaw stars in the title role of George Gently, an adaptation of the Inspector Gently series of novels by Alan Hunter. The star cast also includes Phil Davis, Richard Armitage and Lee Ingleby.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Jun. 2010
Format: DVD
"George Gently: Series 2," a first-rate television series of British mysteries/police procedurals debuted in the United Kingdom on BBC1 in May 2009. It has never been broadcast in the United States. The series is set in Northeast Britain, Geordie country, amid the upheavals and excesses of 1960's Britain. It stars respected, award-winning actor Martin Shaw (Judge John Deed : Pilot & Complete BBC Series 1 [2001] [DVD]), as Commander George Gently, and is based on the popular long-running series of detective novels by Alan Hunter. The entertainment comes in a boxed four DVD set that includes four feature-length episodes, running approximately 88 minutes each, for a total of 356 min.; a text interview with, and biography of its star, Martin Shaw; and, thank goodness, subtitles, as Geordie-speak falls hard upon American ears, and perhaps presents some British ears with difficulty. The episodes can stand alone, but you are missing some of the flavor if you haven't seen the first series.

Gently is an inconveniently incorruptible top cop, disliked almost as much by his colleagues as by criminal elements, and, therefore, bounced from Scotland Yard to Northumbria. There he finds an unexpected ally in ambitious young Sergeant John Bacchus, an overeager, opinionated young man who tends to play fast and loose with police procedures, a part played by Lee Ingleby (Nicholas Nickleby [DVD] [2003]). Guest stars include Tim McInnerney (
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192 of 197 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 July 2008
Format: DVD
The BBC is great at producing thoughtful costume dramas and in many ways George Gently is as much an historical period piece as it is a carefully crafted detective series.
The action is set in 1964 in Northumberland, where a top-shot London detective, George Gently, has relocated to head up the CID for the whole area. If you imagine Inspector Morse or Barnaby of Midsummer but set back in the mid-1960s then you'll get the flavour of the series.

It's an interesting time to place a police procedural drama: the permissive society was kicking off in London and Liverpool but the rural north-east was only just feeling the ripples of the permissive society. George Gently's world represents the cross-over between the generation who fought in WW2, and the young lads who would create a social revolution. His sergeant is a youngblood; keen, a bit over impressed with his own importance; in need to reminding that his warrant card does not 'entitle you to be rude'.
Gently represents the last of the Dixon of Dock Green generation and he fights a low-key battle against the brutality of the sweeney-style policing which would dominate the 1970s and 80s. Many of the themes which were laid on with a trowel in Life on Mars are re-visited here, but they are done with subtlety and a hint of nostalgic affection. Gently is also an interesting character in his own right, and there is a fascination in watching his personal history be revealed.

None of this would be any cop at all if the plots were rubbish, but happily the puzzles unfold in an almost-believable manner.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By alnval on 21 Sept. 2010
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We've known Martin Shaw from other British TV productions, e.g., P.D. James, and he is good. This made it a potentially worthwhile purchase. We weren't wrong and the DVD even has subtitles. The whole production is excellent and we've preordered Series two.

For those of you who read this who live in Region 1 (NTSC) let me encourage you to buy a multi-region DVD player - Amazon U.S. has them - so you can enjoy these Region 2 (PAL) DVDs some of which are only available at Amazon UK. You may even find that the costs of buying them from Amazon UK and having them shipped to your US address via Royal Mail is cheaper than buying them in the US.
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59 of 65 people found the following review helpful By PS on 25 Sept. 2008
Format: DVD
By far the best new detective series that has been on BBC for a very long time. Martin Shaw plays George Gently with perfect understatement. Great storylines, wonderful acting, a real sense of nostalgia. Can't wait for the DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John F. Rooney on 11 Aug. 2010
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Quite some years ago I fell in love with British police procedurals, and among my favorite authors was Alan Hunter who created George Gently, a police sleuth in northeast England. June Thomson (Inspector Rudd), Jonathan Ross (Inspector Rogers), and W.J. Burley (Inspector Wycliffe) were turning out very good cop crime novels in those days.
Actor Martin Shaw portrays Gently in a series of English feature-length television programs. In "Bomber's Moon" Gently has to solve the murder of a German businessman whose drowned body is discovered near his sailing yacht. The German has returned to the neighborhood where he lived as a P.O.W. during World War II. Most people seem to have genuinely liked the generous German who bought drinks for the locals in their pub.
There are a number of suspects and red herrings. Just as we are convinced of the guilt of one suspect, another one pops up. It seems as if a number of people were at the scene of the crime that night.
Gently has a sergeant assistant named Bacchus who plays fast and loose with protocol. I think the filmmakers have tried to make Gently into a hardnosed and edgy character like Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse in another TV series. Morse has his conventional Sergeant Lewis as a strong secondary character, and Gently has the more confrontational and dodgier Bacchus as his sidekick.
"Bomber's Moon" is well-done, gripping, suspenseful, and very well-acted. All of the suspects and other roles are portrayed by strong actors, and the viewer gets the feeling of real personalities and real backstories in these subsidiary characters. The production rises above its detective series origin and deals with human problems in an intense way.
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