Inspector George Gently (2007–2017)
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Gently with the Innocents 

When an old man is killed in his dilapidated mansion, Gently and Bacchus dig deeper into the history of the former children's home and soon have their prime suspect.


Daniel O'Hara


Alan Hunter (novel), Peter Flannery (created for television by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jill Halfpenny ... Cora Davidson
Lee Ingleby ... John Bacchus
Dean Logan Dean Logan ... Kevin
Thomas Kelly Thomas Kelly ... Freddie
Martin Shaw ... George Gently
Simon Hubbard ... PC Taylor
Mark Stobbart ... Sergeant Blacksmith
Brian de Salvo Brian de Salvo ... Alfred Peachment (as Brian De Salvo)
Paul Copley ... Dr. Philip Morgan
Matthew McNulty ... Harry Carson
Georgine Anderson ... Enid Peachment
Steve Wilson ... Prison Officer
Sharon Maughan ... Laura Fenwick
Miranda Stewart Miranda Stewart ... Shirley
Lucy Vigne Welsh Lucy Vigne Welsh ... English Teacher (as Lucy Welsh)


Gently and Bacchus investigate when elderly Alfred Peachment is found murdered in the grounds of the large house where he lived alone, formerly a children's home which he superintended but now closed for several years. The house was being sold, against his wishes, by a committee headed by his ex-wife and her brother, the local doctor, to the seemingly callous property developer Cora Davidson. Harry, Alfred's mute, simple-minded gardener, is the chief suspect and he attacks Bacchus. Only overly helpful local copper Blacksmith seems able to communicate with the boy, causing Bacchus to resent him. A discussion with an old flame leads Gently to suspect that Peachment may have been a paedophile, abusing children in his care, and that any of the suspects may be acting alone or as a group of avengers, to punish him for past misdeeds. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




UK | Ireland



Release Date:

3 May 2009 (UK) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


Beginning with this episode, the first in Season 2, the series title changed from "George Gently" to "Inspector George Gently." See more »


Chief Constable Lilley: [Speaking about exposing child abuse] Be careful with this stuff, George. You don't know where it will lead. This stuff is so corrosive... children are so vulnerable.
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Hard hitting, tragic, but compelling viewing.
27 July 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

I'm fairly new to George Gently, foolishly I never quite fancied the show, I enjoyed the opening group of episodes, but after this one I have completely revised my opinion. A truly heartbreaking story, shocking, powerful, and a real eye opener, it's a cliche I know, but the Sixties were a different time completely.

The story, though tough to watch is expertly told, the acting is utterly fantastic, the regulars are great, but the guest performers are terrific, Mark Stobbart I thought stood out in particular as Sergeant Blacksmith, the transformation in his character was remarkable, he was phenomenal.

It's taken a long time for me to watch this third one having seen Bomber's Moon some time back, the wait for Gently in the Night will be a short one.

Compelling viewing, 10/10

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