Nailed the cast. Gently, Macduff and Gilks work well. Janice and co are competent.
Holistic detective Gently relies on the universe to unravel mysteries based on the 'interconnectedness of all things'. He is not above giving the universe a hand though and will stalk complete strangers but won't pay his bills.
Macduff is cynical, contemptuous, carping, cautious and yet surprisingly committed assistant/partner.
Together they make for a bromance far more engaging than any manufactured romance would have been. Oddly reminiscent of Caine and Kingsley - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096454/ . That was a Sherlock spoof. This one isn't but comparisons with new sherlock may spring to mind.
Writing is good. Banter is brisk. Cases are crazy. As is the secretary. Not to mention the domestic help.
Lovelorn AI to cleaner/assassin from Poland. Nonsense that still keeps your eyes glued to the screen.
Absurd but addictive.
Time well spent.
Wish them well.