Inspector George Gently (2007–2017)
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Gently Upside Down 

When the body of a missing schoolgirl is discovered in a wood, Gently and Bacchus are thrown into the new world of pop and media celebrity.


Nicholas Renton


Alan Hunter (novels), Peter Flannery (created for television by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Regan ... Peter Holdaway
Kate Bracken ... Hazel Holdaway
Jade Byrne Jade Byrne ... Shelley Marshall
Kieran Bew ... David Nugent
Lee Ingleby ... John Bacchus
Simon Hubbard ... PC Taylor
Martin Shaw ... George Gently
Neil Morrissey ... Tony
Chris Coghill ... Hogge (as Christopher Coghill)
Eva Quinn Eva Quinn ... Christine
Ross Mckenzie Ross Mckenzie ... Barry
Shannon Tarbet ... Mary Claverton
Juliet Cowan ... Sheila Claverton
Sean Gilder ... Joe Claverton
Louise Delamere ... Margaret Holdaway


After missing teenager Mary Claverton is found murdered her parents tell Gently they believe she was about to run off with an older boyfriend. Married music teacher Logan is mentioned but he has an alibi for the murder. Mary and her school-friends were regular audience members at 'Upside Down', a local pop music TV show, hosted by the oily Tony, who also briefly met Mary when he tried to hit on her and was rejected. Another suspect is headmaster Peter Holdaway, father of Mary's best friend, who had an affair with another, literary-minded, school-girl years earlier and fathered a child. One of the suspects makes a confession but Gently believes that this is to protect the real killer. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

4 September 2011 (UK) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


The band "The Walking Dead" who wrote and performed several songs in the Upside Down TV studio, was played by the group "Siblings" from Ashbourne in Derbyshire. The guitarist is now an established producer and composer for TV and media called Bobby Eccles. See more »


One of the television studio technicians was a woman. Women did work in TV in 1964, but mostly as actresses, secretaries, or script typists. See more »


George Gently: Can you remember why your mother left?
Margaret Holdaway: Yes... she couldn't cope with the new bairn, I think. Hazel was only two. She was mentaly unstable. My mother was mentally unstable. Poor Daddy!
John Bacchus: Where is she now?
Margaret Holdaway: Who knows? The snow melts, and then where is it?
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References Julius Caesar (1953) See more »


When I Told You
by Murralin Lane
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The only one I've not loved
10 December 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Gently upside down marks the first episode of George Gently that I haven't loved, as someone that's late catching up, I've been blown away by the quality.

If I'm honest I found this one quite boring, I found it easy to follow, but the story was done in such a way that I just couldn't engage with it. That said the properties were superb, they captured the era to perfection, clothes, music, buildings etc. It looked incredible.

Fabulous performances, Vincent Regan I thought was terrific, such a commanding performance. Neil Morrissey and Chris Coghill also excellent.

It is good, I've just come to expect so much. 6/10

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