George Gently

UKTV – Mondays from 30 January, 8.30pm

Set in the idyllic region of Northumberland, 1966, Inspector George Gently and his partner, detective Bacchus return for 2 feature-length mysteries.

In the first instalment, Gently and Bacchus investigate the suspicious death of Gently’s ex-snout, China. The Coroner’s verdict showed

that China was a drunk vagrant who died after a fall. But when Gently speaks to the nurse who tended to him before dying, he gets a very different story – and with her husband a local copper it seems the police are hiding something.

In episode two, Gently and Bacchus investigate the case of a missing school-girl, Mary, whose body is found in a shallow grave.

UKTV – Mondays from 2 May, 8.30pm

In the England of the early 60s, society is on the cusp of change: homosexuality, abortion, and even prescribing the Pill to unmarried women are all illegal, and hanging for murder is still the law. But the first strip clubs are just opening, teenagers, drugs and The Beatles are just round the corner, and Gently has to police a society where old values clash with new, and generations are at war with each other. The series also gives a fascinating insight into the difficulties that the police had to face in the sixties to investigate and solve their crimes – without the help of modern technology.

Gently and headstrong young Detective Sergeant Bacchus have to tackle, amongst others, cases involving prostitution and rape in a time when the argument ‘she was up for it’ was acceptable; local corruption, when it was the norm to sweep it under the carpet, racism in a world before political correctness, and paedophilia in a children’s home, when the notion of organised sexual abuse was unheard of.

Starring: Martin Shaw (Judge John Deed; Always and Everyone), Lee Ingleby (Crooked House; The Street), Simon Hubbard (Rock Rivals).

UKTV – Mondays from 11 April, 8.25pm

In the England of the early 60s, society is on the cusp of change – homosexuality, abortion, and even prescribing the Pill to unmarried women are all illegal, and hanging for murder is still the law. But the first strip clubs are just opening, teenagers, drugs and The Beatles are just round the corner, and Gently has to police a society where old values clash with new, and generations are at war with each other. The series also gives a fascinating insight into the difficulties that the police had to face in the sixties to investigate and solve their crimes – without the help of modern technology. At a time when the line between the police and criminals becomes increasingly blurred Commander George Gently is one of a few good men.

Starring: Lee Ingleby (Place of Execution), Martin Shaw (Judge John Deed).