The BEST Episodes of Inspector George Gently

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 21, 2021

Network: BBC One

A British crime drama adapted from the George Gently novels by Alan Hunt and set in the 1960s. Inspector George Gently is an old-school detective trying to come to terms with a time when the lines between the police and criminals have become blurred. After the murder of his wife the solemn Inspector arrives in Northumberland in pursuit of the gang boss who killed her and decides to stay. He is joined by the young and not always entirely helpful Detective Sargent John Bacchus. Together the mild mannered older detective and his cheerful younger sidekick plough through cases of murder and deceit, rape and corruption in 60s Britain.

Gently and the New Age

#1 - Gently and the New Age

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 30, 2017

The Old Bailey, London, 1970. Gently is bowing out of the force on a professional high when he is approached by a covert anti-corruption police unit with one last tantalising job: The cold case of a young girl murdered four years ago in new town Washington, County Durham. The investigation finds Gently tracking MP Michael Clements, a charismatic politician who fearlessly pursues political reform in the North, promotes ever-closer links to Europe, and who is tipped to be a future Labour Prime Minister. When the investigation leads to a murky web of union and political intrigue, placing Bacchus and Rachel in danger, will Gently do the unthinkable and bend the course of justice? How can Bacchus and Gently repair their frosty relationship - and faced with mortal danger, how will Gently and his team survive?

star 8.26
86 votes
Goodbye China

#2 - Goodbye China

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 11, 2011

Gently and his sidekick investigate the suspicious death of Gently's ex-snout, China.

star 8.25
115 votes
Writers: Peter Flannery
Gently in the Blood

#3 - Gently in the Blood

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired May 17, 2009

When a young woman is raped and murdered, Gently and Bacchus are thrown into a world of racial intolerance, sexual jealousy and turf warfare.

star 8.08
196 votes
Writers: Peter Flannery
Breathe In the Air

#4 - Breathe In the Air

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired May 6, 2015

Inspector Gently is intrigued as to why a woman has tragically committed suicide. There are too many details that don't add up, and he suspects murder. Why did this woman, a GP, want to end her life? Gently's investigation leads him and his team to the discovery of a bigger industrial crime, more murders and more victims. Gently puts his career on the line to uncover who is really to blame.

star 8.05
113 votes
Directors: Roger Goldby
Writers: Peter Flannery
Gently in the Night

#5 - Gently in the Night

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired May 10, 2009

Gently and Bacchus investigate the murder of a young woman whose body is found in a local church. They discover that the girl was a 'Fox', a waitress working at the first hostess club in Newcastle.

star 7.99
211 votes
Directors: Daniel O'Hara
Writers: Peter Flannery
Gently Liberated

#6 - Gently Liberated

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired May 21, 2017

The North East, 1970. On the brink of retirement, DCI Gently and his team investigate a body found in a chemical waste tank. When Gently discovers the victim's wife was convicted of the murder eight years ago, he decides to re-open the case - a controversial move. But DI Bacchus opposes Gently's decision, not least because he worked as a DS on the original investigation - putting mentor and protégé at complete odds. Is Gently about to expose an appalling miscarriage of justice, or will he sacrifice his reputation and legacy for a convicted murderer? And can Rachel help heal the widening rift between her superiors, whilst navigating being a woman in a professional male world? Finally, will the team finally prove beyond doubt the identity of the killer?

star 7.99
134 votes
The Burning Man

#7 - The Burning Man

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 13, 2008

When a badly-burned body discovered near an RAF base is suspected to be an IRA murder, Special Branch get involved.

star 7.98
232 votes
Writers: Alan Hunter, Peter Flannery
Gently Through the Mill

#8 - Gently Through the Mill

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired May 24, 2009

When a body is found in a local mill, Gently and Bacchus go on to uncover a web of local corruption, blackmail, fraud and robbery.

star 7.98
195 votes
Writers: Alan Hunter, Mick Ford
Blue for Bluebird

#9 - Blue for Bluebird

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 13, 2014

Gently and Bacchus make their way to a family holiday camp to investigate both the staff and holidaymakers after a body of one of the greencoats is discovered nearby. Gently and Bacchus soon discover a story of jealousy, ambition and the dark side of a permissive society.

star 7.98
121 votes
Gently with the Women

#10 - Gently with the Women

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 29, 2015

A woman’s body is discovered having been brutally attacked. Gently is determined to catch the killer and stop him attacking anyone else. Worried that mistakes could have been down to one inspector, he is determined to get to the bottom of another mystery that is happening within the police force.

star 7.93
129 votes
Gently in the Cathedral

#11 - Gently in the Cathedral

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 16, 2012

It has been four years since George Gently came north, but his old enemies haven't forgotten him. A vicious career criminal who Gently sent down years ago has been released, on the grounds that evidence was fabricated to frame him by Gently himself. And he is hell-bent on revenge. Suspended from duty, Gently finds himself powerless, unprotected and persecuted. If he is to survive, Gently must confront his deepest fears and fight to the death.

star 7.88
110 votes
Bomber's Moon

#12 - Bomber's Moon

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 20, 2008

When a German businessman is found dead in the sea just off the coast Gently and Bacchus get involved to find the killer and Bacchus, while having money problems, is put in a dilemma when offered a bribe by a suspect.

star 7.86
177 votes
Writers: Alan Hunter, Peter Flannery
Gently with Class

#13 - Gently with Class

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 2, 2012

The indefatigable Chief Inspector George Gently and Detective Sergeant John Bacchus experience the inflated authority of their "social betters" first hand, when a beautiful young girl called Ellen Mallam is found dead in the passenger seat of a an upturned car registered to local aristocrats.

star 7.81
129 votes
Gently Evil

#14 - Gently Evil

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 26, 2010

Gently and Bacchus find themselves investigating a family with unimaginable secrets.

star 7.80
191 votes
Gently Upside Down

#15 - Gently Upside Down

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 4, 2011

Gently and Bacchus investigate when a schoolgirl's body is discovered in a shallow grave.

star 7.76
115 votes
Directors: Nicholas Renton
Writers: Peter Flannery, Stewart Harcourt
Peace and Love

#16 - Peace and Love

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 3, 2010

Gently and Bacchus investigate the murder of a well-known left-wing academic.

star 7.76
213 votes
Gently Going Under

#17 - Gently Going Under

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 27, 2014

A suspicious death in the mine in Burnsend leads Gently and Bacchus to explore the tensions and relationships in a community whose seams have been ripped wide open by politics – and discover grudges that date back to the Second World War.

star 7.75
113 votes
Gently with Honour

#18 - Gently with Honour

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 20, 2014

When two deaths connect in an unexpected way, Gently finds himself drawn into the world of drugs and LSD, and considering a Cold-War conspiracy. In the process of his investigation Gently relies on the help of an old friend – and as they begin to dig into the case, old feelings begin to stir for Gently.

star 7.72
123 votes
Gently Between the Lines

#19 - Gently Between the Lines

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 6, 2014

Gently is surprised after he receives Bacchus’s resignation, and he soon works out that he has lost his confidence. Attempting to help Bacchus, Gently insists that he needs him to help investigate a death in custody.

star 7.72
131 votes
The Lost Child

#20 - The Lost Child

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 9, 2012

It is 1968 and the shame of illegitimacy still burns the cheeks of single mothers and the families who force their unmarried daughters into 'mother and baby homes'. When the adopted child of a middle-class couple is kidnapped, suspicion falls upon the baby's birth mother. However, Gently and Bacchus's investigation into the mother and baby home itself reveals a much darker side to this hothouse of morality and raises serious questions about this seemingly perfect couple.

star 7.68
129 votes
Gently Northern Soul

#21 - Gently Northern Soul

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 26, 2012

The racial unrest that is sweeping the United States reach British shores as Enoch Powell launches his tirade against immigration, but racial harmony can be found at the all-nighters that take place in 1968, where disillusioned young people, black and white, escape the boredom of factory life to dance the night away to imported soul music. In Newcastle, the haven of equality found at the Carlton Ballroom all-nighter is destroyed when a young black girl, Dolores Kenny, is murdered, leading Gently to uncover a disturbing and racist undercurrent growing within the local community.

star 7.67
141 votes
Gently Among Friends

#22 - Gently Among Friends

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired May 13, 2015

A man has thrown himself off the Tyne Bridge and is found dead, landed on a pile of rubbish. Or so it seems. Gently knows it's murder and believes it's one involving lifelong friends. Who would want to kill a man who was apparently loved by all?

star 7.64
137 votes
Directors: Tim Whitby
Writers: Peter Flannery
Son of a Gun

#23 - Son of a Gun

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired May 20, 2015

Following an armed robbery, Gently seeks to find the armed gang and bring them to justice before more innocent people are shot.

star 7.63
152 votes
Gently with the Innocents

#24 - Gently with the Innocents

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired May 3, 2009

Investigating the murder of an old man in his dilapidated mansion, Gently and Bacchus discover a world which is beyond their comprehension.

star 7.59
169 votes
Directors: Daniel O'Hara
Writers: Alan Hunter, Peter Flannery
Gently Go Man (Pilot)

#25 - Gently Go Man (Pilot)

Season 1 - Episode 0 - Aired Apr 8, 2007

Original pilot TV film. Following the murder of his wife by notorious gangster Joe Webster, Inspector George Gently is pondering retirement. When he hears about a murder in Northumberland that sounds like Webster's handiwork, he delays his retirement to take on this one last case. Paired with local detective DS John Bacchus, he must track down Webster, while at the same time trying to deal with his headstrong young assistant and keep him on the straight and narrow.

star 0.00
0 votes
Directors: Euros Lyn
Writers: Alan Hunter, Peter Flannery