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A Classic - A Nice Reminder Of Why Everyone Loved Jill Gascoine,
This review is from: The Gentle Touch - Series 1 - Complete [DVD] (DVD)
The Gentle Touch ran for 56 episodes between 1980 - 1984. The show was a landmark in British television history, being the first to feature a policewoman as a lead character. Yet, The Gentle Touch has been criminally over-looked in more recent years. Thankfully, Network have released the very first season - and lets hope the rest are finally released.
Jill Gascoine is perfect in the role of DI Maggie Forbes. Her intelligent, sensitive performance was always riviting and she is backed by a strong cast, namely William Marlowe as DCI Russell. The first few episodes interestingly look at how Maggies family life contrasts her professional life. Tragically her husband is gunned down and killed during an armed robbery. Maggie then sets about bringing her husbands killers to justice. A very young Sue Nicholls (Audrey from Coronation Street) plays an effective role in these opening episodes.
Other episodes are all very good, each holding a gritty undertone and a hard edge to them. Jill Gascoines marvelous performance never once shrinks and watching this show (I am actually only 28, yet love the show!) is probably a reminder to many people of why everyone loved Jill Gascoine so much. A fantastic actress.
Now lets hope Network release the rest of the series!