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Gently in the Blood 

Gently and Bacchus investigate a consignment of stolen passports, but the case takes an unexpected turn when a woman linked to the crime is found dead on the seashore with her mixed-race baby lying next to her.


Ciaran Donnelly (as Ciarán Donnelly)


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Shaw ... George Gently
Lee Ingleby ... John Bacchus
Andrew Lee Potts ... Jimmy Cochran (as Andrew-Lee Potts)
Joe Simpson Joe Simpson ... Philip Saint
Robyn Addison ... Maggie Alderton
Tariq Jordan Tariq Jordan ... Hamed
Jonathan Bonnici Jonathan Bonnici ... Rana
Tony Neilson Tony Neilson ... Forensic Officer
Simon Hubbard ... PC Taylor
Stewart Scudamore ... Thomas Ali
Steven Hillman ... Mr. Alderton
Elizabeth Rider ... Mrs. Alderton
Catherine Terris ... Mrs. Cochran
Gavin Smith Gavin Smith ... Paper Boy
Max Hughes Max Hughes ... Boy


Following a tip-off Gently and Bacchus acquire a suitcase full of stolen passports dropped by petty crook Jimmy Cochran. Cochran's old flame Maggie Alderton worked in the office where they were issued and is found raped and strangled next day, the father of her child being identified as one Thomas Ali, for whom she was apparently trying to secure a passport. Cochran is in a turf war with some Arab boys, also involved in dodgy passports and Maggie's transvestite boss is also less innocent than he first appears. However, facts prove Ali and Cochran to be father and son and neither has killed Maggie, a pawn in the whole scam. With the real murderer hanged, Gently, a veteran of the 1959 Notting Hill riots in London, nonetheless warns young Bacchus of the perils of racial intolerance. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




UK | Ireland


English | Arabic

Release Date:

17 May 2009 (UK) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


Pictures of Maggie's baby seem African rather than Arab. South Shields has had a large Yemeni community since the 1890s. This was soon joined by merchant seaman and their families from Somalia. However both Arab and African communities were referred to locally as Arabs. See more »


The book is set in 1962, and we see evidence early in the film that it is too - yet midway through we see a television set showing the "BBC2 625 lines" test-card. BBC2 didn't start broadcasting until 1964. Also, most sets at that time would not have had the UHF/625 line capability as the other channels available at the time were still on VHF/425 line system. See more »


Hamed: [Having been beaten up by Jimmy on the beach] I'll bring you the Arab! I'll bring you the Arab!
Hamed: [Scared and sobbing eith a blade at his throat] Jimmy, please!
Jimmy Cochran: This is your last chance, Hamed! You bring him... I'll kill him. You don't bring him, I'll kill you!
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A quality episode with hidden depths.
1 August 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

This is another episode in this fantastic series that again proves me wrong for not watching them when they were originally transmitted.

This episode is so rich, so fully of quality, and so full of content. It's true that at times it's an uncomfortable watch as it deals with some rather dark stuff. Attitudes, perceptions and society in general were thankfully very different in the 60's, those features play a huge part in this episode. It deals with gangs, race wars, hatred, secrets and lies, even transvestism, none of which are topics that would have been well addressed in 60's Britain. Even the closing scenes showed the widespread prejudice prevalent in society at the time.

Shaw is a class act once again, Ingleby has grown on me somewhat by this point, their dynamic is an interesting one. Particularly good performances from Tariq Jordan and Andrew Lee Potts, both were excellent.

A few moments of humour, a welcome change, as we've not had many laughs to date. All in all I thought this was brilliant, a great mystery, but so much more.

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