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George Gently Series 1 [DVD]

Martin Shaw , Phil Davis    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CAR1WW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,239 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

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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Inspector George Gently is one of the few good men at Scotland Yard, his sense of public duty an increasingly rare commodity in a police force where corruption is rife and unchecked. But his relentless pursuit of notorious gangsters such as Joe Webster (Phil Davis, Bleak House) leads to the murder of Gently's beloved wife Isabella, a killing arranged by Webster himself in an act of revenge upon Gently.When a grieving Gently learns of the murder of a young biker, Johnny Lister (Christian Cooke, Where The Heart Is), who was part of a Northumberland drugs ring, it has all the hallmarks of a Webster operation and he insists on being given the case, deciding it will be his last...

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191 of 196 people found the following review helpful
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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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
"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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Can't Beat Talent! 21 Sep 2010
By alnval
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful, well acted, great sort - brilliant 25 Sep 2008
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great set 4 Jun 2010
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This a great 1st series and came on time - now waiting for 2nd set
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Television Drama 18 Aug 2009
One of the best crime television series from the BBC in recent times. Martin Shaw is superb as the world weary Police Inspector, ably supported by Lee Inglby as his young detective colleague. Set in 1964, the episodes have a strong period flavour of provincial northern England. Every episode contains a fictional case, the writing, casting and acting is first rate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Steady work 27 Mar 2010
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The Gently detective series has well defined characters with plausible motivation, portrayed with competent casting led by the steady Martin Shaw as George Gently; a man with experience and wisdom.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gently does it for me! 16 Mar 2010
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Theb same nostalgic feel as "Heartbeat" but without the tired script and tired characters. Martin Shaw, fast becoming the new John Thaw, has the same screen presence as the great man and plays the character effortlessly. If he could be pursuaded, this would be worth another series or two. If you haven't seen Shaw in "Apparitions" I recommend it - not for the squeamish, though!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great item good price
Published 17 days ago by Paul Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series
Published 1 month ago by brian hall
4.0 out of 5 stars The start of something big
Just as promised, wonderful condition and packaged really well. Thank you
Published 2 months ago by Dean Winchester
5.0 out of 5 stars very good.
Quite a good series, I love anything set in the 50's and 60's, each episode is an hour and half long. Good dvd.
Published 3 months ago by traybay
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it
I really enjoyed the film. What more do you want me to say. I do not see the need to have to write so many words.
Published 5 months ago by Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars George Gently series 1
This is a wonderful series. It started off with outstanding acting and story lines, and remained that way through out all the other seasons.
Published 8 months ago by BJ Holiday
3.0 out of 5 stars George Gently.
We do not like this series as much as Judge John Deed, not too sure why, just personal preference I suppose.
Published 12 months ago by Eveta Hubbardibus
4.0 out of 5 stars Go Gently, George
Detective Inspector Gently is the kind of man you want on your side. Calm, collected, he has enough experience tat he dies not fly by the seat of his pants. Read more
Published 17 months ago by prisrob
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this
I had never watched George Gently until I caught an episode about Northern Soul. This lead to me wanting to know how Inspector Gently ended 'up north'. Very enjoyable!
Published 21 months ago by Mrs. H. Stride
5.0 out of 5 stars george gently
watching these films was wonderful thwy are all filmed in my location so special interest good stories and love Lee Ingleby
Published on 30 Sep 2012 by KatyB
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