George Gently

George Gently

Series 8

DVD - 2017
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The eight season moves into the 1970s, with DCI George Gently facing retirement. In the opening episode 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 and putting mentor and protégé at complete odds.
Publisher: Silver Spring, MD : Acorn Media, c2017
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (3 hrs., 6 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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dsw3914
May 12, 2018

5 stars from me also. This is for sure my favorite of this genre. I don't mean just this one. All 8 series were excellent. Great stories and great acting.

Surely one of the best TV crime series ever made? The acting (Shaw, Ingleby, et al.) is superb. The authenticity of the settings and costumes, equally so. The final two episodes in the 8-part series, made over 10 years, between 2007 and 2017, are as good as any of the preceding ones. The final scene is harrowing. Without becoming victim of the Conspiracy Theory genre, the series does depict corruption and deceit in high places. If they had made more episodes, I would definitely have watched them!

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Shellie1_us
Apr 12, 2018

I love Martin Shaw and this series. I enjoyed the 60's setting. It is bittersweet to see the show end, but since he is in his 70's I guess it was time.

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BritCrimeDramaFan
Mar 24, 2018

Solid watch as all the previous series with Martin Shaw at his stoic best have been. The first episode is better than the second. True to its time when the roles of women in society were finally changing. It's also fun to see all the old British autos including Ford Anglias, Vauxhalls, and of course, Gently's famous Rover 2000!

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mrsleuth72
Mar 13, 2018

A classy series...loved the 60s time period. Alas, all things must end. I hated to see the series end, but much like the Gently character (and Martin Shaw comments on in the bonus features) realizes in the final episode--it was time to wrap things up.
The final two episodes were very good: first-rate scripts and excellent acting. Goodbye, George Gently, and well done!

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ownedbydoxies
Feb 23, 2018

Great ending to a great series. I like how they didn't attempt to tie things up in a nice little bow. Good job, writers!!

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patch666
Feb 22, 2018

Great series !!!!

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DadCat
Feb 09, 2018

For George Gently fans this yhe best! The last of 8 seasons sadly but the intrigue is great.

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ba_library
Dec 29, 2017

I was surprised when I saw this in the catalog - they were still making George Gently episodes! The DVD container says "the final episodes" and George will not be coming back. The two 90 minutes episodes cover contemporary problems in a northern England police department. It is now 1970 (most of the men have groovy sideburns!) That was one element I really liked about the show--it was set in the 1960s; there is no modern technology (computers, cellphones etc.) but a dedicated police officer who was a WWII veteran who believes in truth, honesty, justice and integrity. He takes on a younger, local officer who needs police training and basically a father figure as his personal life becomes unraveled in changing times. Episode 1 has George and Bacchus involved in an older case where the police corruption surfaces and Bacchus' older shoddy police work comes to light. It involves a case of an old murder and the wife who has been imprisoned for years, but George reopens it looking for clarity. Women's rights and the treatment of women have always been a topic on the show. Episode 2 focuses on political corruption and the interaction of those practices on police work. It also provides some answers for George about why and who killed his wife. Overall a great series - Martin Shaw is fantastic as George Gently and Lee Ingleby is great as as the young Bacchus. Nice to see the series come to an end; not happily but with some answers to issues outstanding in the series. Good conclusion for the series, if you have not seen the George Gently series start at the beginning to see the evolution of the characters and of the evolution of the time period.

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bby604
Dec 18, 2017

I know this is the final series but does it have to end like this!? The ending is not what I expected and it doesn't make sense either.

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