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The Gentle Touch - The Complete Series 5 [DVD]

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  • Actors: Jill Gascoine, William Marlowe, Paul Moriarty, Bernard Holley, Michael Graham Cox
  • Directors: Gerry Mill, Bill Turner, Gerald Blake, Peter Cregeen, Jonathan Wright-Miller
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Nov. 2011
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005NYS7TE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,265 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Jill Gascoine stars as tough, no-nonsense female cop Maggie Forbes. Made at a time when there were very few ranking female officers in the police force, The Gentle Touch not only showed police procedure within a Metropolitan Police CID unit but also allowed insight into how a woman might cope with such a role in what was very much a man's world. An instant hit with viewers, The Gentle Touch became one of the most successful police dramas ever made.

This fifth series sees DI Maggie Forbes facing the continuing challenges of policing in the Eighties, with powerful and contemporary storylines from a writing team that includes Terence Feely (Callan), Tony Hoare (Minder) and Peter Hammond (Z Cars); Lysette Anthony, Gordon Kaye, Lynda Bellingham and Louise Jameson guest-star.
 

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Both the Gentle Touch and Juliet Bravo were great series for there time. Jill Gascoine & William Marlowe had a great on screen chemistry that worked so well, you wonder why they never get it together. For me, although I loved Jill Gascoine in this series, it's main star should have been William Marlow's Det. Ch. Insp. Russell He is a joy to watch. Cool but slightly cold, hard and knows how to get what he wants without being a git, he compliments the softer Insp. Forbes. The stories in this season are brilliant. The only downside is Maggies descent into wanting to believe in Human Nature.
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As the Police Adviser to this series after retiring from the C.I.D in the Met,I hope that my input made it authentic as far as it could be, allowing for Director's licence. I enjoyed my time on the programme, and will likewise enjoy viewing it once again. Edwin T. Roach.
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great tv really enjoyed it this time and so will you so watch it again and again thank you all very much
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Oh the nostalgia of all those early 1980s fashions, and in the case of The Gentle Touch (series 5) lots of wooden acting, clunky direction and poor dialogue. This DVD is the final instalment of the long-running female lead cop show from LWT, and looking back at it now, it's a complete mystery to me as to how phenomonly popular it was in its time. To be fair, this is probably the weakest of the entire five series run, and the fact that the production team and the main cast were bored and had run out of creative drive, is there to see on screen. I know this pre-dates all the empowered women shows that were to come, but in all honesty, Jill Gascoine as Detective Inspector Maggie Forbes has so little to do (both in her portrayal of a senior police officer, and as an actor), that I am surprised she didn't feel guilty about taking home a salary. This clearly wasn't Gascoine's fault, as the show should have ended after series 4; series 5 is for the most part pretty dire. One episode in particular (The Conference) is almost unwatchable, with its ham-fisted humour and social and racial stereotypes.

The Gentle Touch was a great idea and in its early days, there was some thoughtful, believable and genuinely dramatic episodes, but by 1984 it had clearly lost its way, and if it wasn't for my obsession with having complete collections of the series that I buy, I wouldn't have wasted my money on this one. For fans (and there are plenty of them), all the problems with structure and execution won't matter one jot, but if it's a believable 50 minutes of police drama that you're after, I'd have to suggest looking elsewhere.
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