Inspector George Gently

The BEST episodes of Inspector George Gently

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

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.

Last Updated: 4/30/2022Network: BBC One
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Gently and the New Age
star
8.28
90 votes

#1 - Gently and the New Age

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/30/2017

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?

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Goodbye China
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8.23
121 votes

#2 - Goodbye China

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/11/2011

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

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Gently in the Blood
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8.06
201 votes

#3 - Gently in the Blood

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/17/2009

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

Directors: Ciaran Donnelly
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Breathe In the Air
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8.05
117 votes

#4 - Breathe In the Air

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/6/2015

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.

Directors: Roger Goldby
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Gently Liberated
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8.02
136 votes

#5 - Gently Liberated

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/21/2017

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?

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Blue for Bluebird
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7.98
126 votes

#6 - Blue for Bluebird

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired 2/13/2014

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.

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Gently in the Night
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7.98
217 votes

#7 - Gently in the Night

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/10/2009

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.

Directors: Daniel O'Hara
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Gently Through the Mill
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7.96
199 votes

#8 - Gently Through the Mill

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/24/2009

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.

Directors: Ciaran Donnelly
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The Burning Man
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7.95
241 votes

#9 - The Burning Man

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 7/13/2008

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

Directors: Ciaran Donnelly
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Gently with the Women
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7.91
134 votes

#10 - Gently with the Women

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired 4/29/2015

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.

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Gently in the Cathedral
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7.89
115 votes

#11 - Gently in the Cathedral

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/16/2012

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.

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Bomber's Moon
star
7.87
180 votes

#12 - Bomber's Moon

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 7/20/2008

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.

Directors: Ciaran Donnelly
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Gently with Class
star
7.81
134 votes

#13 - Gently with Class

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/2/2012

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.

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Gently Evil
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7.79
195 votes

#14 - Gently Evil

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/26/2010

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

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Gently Going Under
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7.75
117 votes

#15 - Gently Going Under

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired 2/27/2014

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.

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Gently Upside Down
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7.75
120 votes

#16 - Gently Upside Down

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/4/2011

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

Directors: Nicholas Renton
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Peace and Love
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7.74
218 votes

#17 - Peace and Love

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/3/2010

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

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Gently Between the Lines
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7.73
135 votes

#18 - Gently Between the Lines

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/6/2014

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.

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Gently with Honour
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7.71
126 votes

#19 - Gently with Honour

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired 2/20/2014

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.

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Gently Northern Soul
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7.71
146 votes

#20 - Gently Northern Soul

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired 8/26/2012

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.

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The Lost Child
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7.68
133 votes

#21 - The Lost Child

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/9/2012

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.

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Gently Among Friends
star
7.65
141 votes

#22 - Gently Among Friends

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/13/2015

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?

Directors: Tim Whitby
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Gently with the Innocents
star
7.63
175 votes

#23 - Gently with the Innocents

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/3/2009

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

Directors: Daniel O'Hara
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Son of a Gun
star
7.63
156 votes

#24 - Son of a Gun

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/20/2015

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

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