Inspector George Gently Series 6

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It’s 1969, one year on from the harrowing shootings at Durham Cathedral that nearly claimed both Gently’s and Bacchus’s lives. Having pushed himself to full fitness, Gently has returned to duty while Bacchus is still recovering in a police convalescent home. Shocked to receive his sergeant’s resignation, Gently insists Bacchus works his one month’s notice. He then sets about trying to change Bacchus’s mind and help him overcome the barriers, both real and imagined. Following a death in custody, Gently resolves to find the man’s identity and uncover the mystery of his existence. With a police officer in hospital, Gently’s investigation is surrounded by anger, hatred, violence and fear. In a time when police officers’ roles and attitudes towards them are rapidly changing, Gently struggles to gain the trust of either the public or the other police officers. Amidst colourful social change, Gently investigates a murder at the Bluebird Holiday Camp, unveiling a seedy undercurrent within the more permissive of society; he is forced to dig deep within himself when entering the cloak and dagger world of military clinical trials, facing strong ethical questions; he also explores how the closure of the collieries can rip apart tight knit communities when a mysterious death in the mine leads to infighting and betrayal.

Starring:
Martin Shaw, Lee Ingleby
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Inspector George Gently Series 6 - Disc 1 ages_12_and_over
  • Inspector George Gently Series 6 - Disc 2 ages_12_and_over
  • Inspector George Gently Series 6 - Disc 3 ages_12_and_over
  • Inspector George Gently Series 6 - Disc 4 ages_12_and_over
Runtime 6 hours 0 minutes
Starring Martin Shaw, Lee Ingleby, Simon Hubbard, Lee Boardman, Emma Fielding, Oliver Milburn, Robert Pugh, Lisa Riley, Jemma Redgrave
Director Nicholas Renton, Bill Anderson, Tim Whitby
Genres Crime
Studio ACORN MEDIA
Rental release 12 May 2014
Main languages English

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Aletheuon TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
I didn't like this series at first. The makers had changed the original Alan Hunter books quite a bit, moving them from Norfolk to Northumberland, introducing new characters and, frankly, they seemed pretty dismal to me. However, Martin Shaw's portrayal of Gently gradually won me over, the series seemed to mellow a bit and become less utterly depressing, and the character of John Bacchus (Lee Ingleby) developed into a more fully rounded person, no longer merely despicable and immature. What happened was that quality performances from the two principals have enabled the characters and the series itself to gain depth and become a lot more impressive.
In the first episode of series 6, Bacchus resigns and Gently has to persuade him to stay and work out his notice. They investigate a miner's death in custody and Bacchus learns how to cope with his role as a policeman in a world which no longer respects the police force. I found this quite a powerful and thought-provoking episode.
The second episode is set in a holiday camp, making these places seem pretty dismal places. I keep using that word - these episodes are not cosy entertainment, but gritty and, well... dismal... They have richness and intelligence and gripping plots.
Episode 3 has Gently and Bacchus investigating the army, which also turns out to be an cheerless experience, uncovering secrets and abuse. They need all their toughness and determination to push through to a successful conclusion to their investigation.
Episode 4 takes us back to the mines and to ancient grudges and betrayals with another powerful story.
Locations are excellent, thoroughly authentic, as is the period atmosphere (late 1960s). Stories and scripts are first class, with depth and complexity, and the acting is superb, so that it is rewarding to re-watch the episodes and get all the subtleties. Excellent!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hermeline on 19 May 2014
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This new series of 'George Gently' is the best season ever! After a dramatic series 5 ending with a major cliffhanger, it was a relief to see DCI Gently and DS Bacchus back in action.
Both of them are still traumatized by the wounds they have sustained in the cathedral and Bacchus wants to resign from the police force - much to Gently's consternation. Coerced into serving a one-month notice, Bacchus reluctantly goes back to work under Gently's watchful eye, as new cases involving a death in police custody ('Gently between the lines'), a body found on a beach ('Blue for bluebird'), a murder in a Turkish bath ('Gently with honour') and a fatal accident in a charcoal mine ('Gently going under') require their full attention. However, Gently and Bacchus are quite aware that some people within police ranks are not too happy about their return...
The Gently/Bacchus duo is excellent, with Martin Shaw playing a tough-as-nails, zero-tolerance-towards-corruption DCI with paternal concerns towards the headstrong, but loyal, Bacchus who saved his life on the last episode of series 5. Lee Ingleby is quite touching in his interpretation of a frail, disheartened DS Bacchus struggling to gain back his confidence, grateful for Gently's support but ready to make a stand whenever his grumpy boss cross a line. The show also benefits from the steadfast presence of PC Taylor (Simon Hubbard) and the welcome addition of bright and conscientious WPC Coles (Lisa McGrillis), a character in sharp contrast with Bacchus' selfish and capricious ex-wife. One may hope a romance will bloom between Bacchus and Coles!
All in one: a very good purchase!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 May 2014
Format: DVD
GEORGE GENTLY is a British television series that debuted in 2007 on the BBC. The crime/drama/British mystery production has aired on PBS stations in the United States. Series 6 is now released. The show centers on Chief Inspector George Gently, one of the few good men at Scotland Yard, and an old school copper. On the eve of his retirement, the world-weary cop decides to pursue one final murder case, suspecting that it was done by a gangster who's already gotten away with the murder of Gently's own wife. So, as played by the sixty-something Tony® nominated Martin Shaw, Gently relocates to Northumberland, in the North East of England, tucked in just below Hadrian’s Wall, a relic of the Roman occupation of Britain a millennium or so ago. Gently takes on a headstrong sidekick (Lee Ingleby,); starts solving murders in a time of profound change: the 1960s. The series is based on Alan Hunter's novels.
The 6th series consists of four powerful feature length episodes, one to a disk. It opens as Gently,(Martin Shaw, THE PROFESSIONALS, JUDGE JOHN DEED, THE CHIEF, DEATH IN HOLY ORDERS) and his ambitious undisciplined Sergeant John Bacchus ( Lee Ingleby, THE STREET, PLACE OF EXECUTION), who married his boss’s daughter, return to the job. They were gravely injured in the line of duty six months earlier. Both officers appear to be on the mend, at least physically. But, while Gently is determined to put the horror behind him, Bacchus is not, and has shocked his boss by submitting a letter of resignation. The episodes, to quote RLJ/Acorn, are:

Disc 1
Episode 1: Gently between the Lines
Gently investigates a death in police custody—and insists that Bacchus assist him, even though his sergeant has just submitted his formal resignation.
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