Inspector George Gently (2007–2017)
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Gently in the Night 

Gently and Bacchus hunt for the murderer of a woman whose body is discovered in a local church.


Daniel O'Hara


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




Episode complete credited cast:
Martin Shaw ... George Gently
Lee Ingleby ... John Bacchus
Sian Breckin Sian Breckin ... Audrey Chadwick
Margaret Jackman ... Flower Lady
Bill Fellows ... Ronnie Chadwick
Mary Jo Randle Mary Jo Randle ... Mrs Chadwick
Nichola Burley ... Fawn Granger
Brendan Coyle ... Patrick Donovan
Clare Calbraith ... Helen Donovan
Tracey Wilkinson ... Margaret Bishop
Eileen Colgan Eileen Colgan ... Mrs Beaney
Mark Williams ... Joe Bishop
Diarmaid Murtagh ... Frank Allingham (as Diarmuid Murtagh)
Siobhán O'Kelly Siobhán O'Kelly ... Dr Sprague
Simon Hubbard ... PC Taylor


Audrey Chadwick's corpse is found on a church altar and, whilst she told her parents and landlady she was a nurse, the not so happily married Bacchus recognizes her as a hostess at a Playboy-style drinking club he has used, called Rakes, run by brash American Patrick Donovan. Audrey had had an abortion - news to her volatile boyfriend - and the doctor who performed it tells Gently it was because she had been raped. Margaret Bishop, an anti-abortionist, heads a group picketing to close Rakes but her husband is Donovan's lawyer and very much at odds with Margaret's views. He admits intimacy with Audrey but denies rape, nonetheless making him the prime suspect. After the murderer has been unmasked the club is shut down and Gently, having earlier accused Bacchus of being out of condition for his youth, bizarrely takes him on in a charity boxing match. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




UK | Ireland



Release Date:

10 May 2009 (UK) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


The Rakes Club is obviously a thinly-disguised version of the Playboy Club with Foxes rather than Bunnies wearing analogous provocative costumes. The plot is set in the early 60's as the first of the Playbot clubs opened in Chicago in 1960. See more »


In the final scene the murderer is executed. Murder by stabbing became non-capital in Britain in 1957, several years before the series is set. See more »


Patrick Donovan: [Referring to Blaise] She made the perfect fox.
John Bacchus: So what makes the perfect fox, Mr. Donovan?
Patrick Donovan: Well, let's be frank... Number one it's the body.
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References Juke Box Jury (1961) See more »


We Shall Overcome
Traditional protest song, musical and lyrical adaptation by Zilphia Horton, Frank Hamilton, Guy Carawan and Pete Seeger
Performed by the God Squad
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Father Brown finds himself as a possible suspect.
28 July 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

I find myself concurring with the reviewer who put off watching the series, not sure of whether it would be to their taste or not, I'm so glad I decided to give it a go, The Innocents got me hooked, and this is another fine episode.

The story is very clever, so well and tightly written. The production values are fantastic, it's a glorious looking production, some fantastic costumes, the music and filmography work well too, talk about transported back to the sixties. An interesting insight into capital punishment, and the views on abortion, attitudes in general seemed very different.

In this episode we learn more about the character of Sergeant Bacchus, at this stage I find him somewhat unpleasant, definitely hypocritical, utterly against abortion, but happy to break his marriage vows, I think it's possible that Gently took a little pleasure in flattening him.

Great performances once again, for me Mark Williams shone brightest, an actor I adore in Father Brown, here he proves just how versatile an actor he truly is, a fantastic performance.

A very confident episode, enjoyed it very much, 8/10

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