Career criminal Melvyn Rattigan gets thirty years for manslaughter, thanks to Gently, but is soon out on appeal, claiming that Gently fabricated evidence to send him down and is himself guilty of bribery and corruption. Things look even worse when thuggish Met officers lean on Bacchus to betray his boss, claiming that Gently murdered an undercover cop infiltrating local gangs. Bacchus begins to doubt their claims and Gently has further allies in retired cop Don McGhee and lawyer Gitta Bronson but, following an attempt on his life, goes on the run, being saved by Bacchus when corrupt officers pursue him to a remote farm-house to kill him. He is wounded and helped by Gitta before facing a showdown in Durham cathedral with the person who really framed him.Written by
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As a huge fan of detective/crime/mystery series, there is the admission that it took me a while to start watching 'Inspector George Gently', worrying as to whether it would appeal to me for "can't put my finger on it" reasons other than being young at the time and not being as knowledgeable of the period. Getting into the show eight years ago and continuing to watch it without fail, it turned out to be simply wonderful and actually became a favourite.
After a very solid, if still settling, start in "Gently Go Man", it felt like 'Inspector George Gently' started to hit its stride with "The Burning Man" and that continued with "Bomber's Moon". The show hit a high point with "Gently with the Innocents" and the high point standards nearly applies here in "Gently in the Cathedral". There is a lot here that is particularly good about 'Inspector George Gently' and it shows that it is not at all hard to see why the show appeals to many.
"Gently in the Cathedral" shows 'Inspector George Gently' still delivering on a consistent level, no bad episodes up to this point. It is indicative that the show has found its feet and hit its stride. It doesn't quite have the emotional impact of other episodes that tackled daring themes, but it certainly delivers on the tautness and suspense.
However, "Gently in the Cathedral", like the rest of the show, looks great, often beautiful. It is strikingly filmed and the scenery and period detail are atmospheric, handsome and evocative, a lot of work and care went into re-creating the period and it shows loud and clear. The music is stirring and haunting, dynamic with what's going on and never intrusive.
The writing has a lot of thought-provoking intelligence and balances subtle humour and drama very well and executing both individually just as well. The direction is alert and accommodating and the story is easy to follow and absorbing with a good deal of suspense. The climax is very memorable. "Gently in the Cathedral", and 'Inspector Gently' in general, is very interesting for how British law was like in the 60s and how much it's changed and come on compared to now.
Love the chemistry between Gently and Bacchus, one of the most interesting and well-contrasted detective/crime/mystery drama pairings (perhaps the most interesting since Morse and Lewis). The two couldn't have more different personalities and how they gel and clash entertains and intrigues. Both are fascinating characters, and became even more fascinating as the show progressed.
Can't fault the acting, the continually brilliant performances from Martin Shaw and Lee Ingleby here and throughout the show are career highs for both actors. All the support is good, Ralph Brown being suitably loathsome as Rattigan.
In conclusion, excellent once again. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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