Inspector George Gently (2007–2017)
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The Lost Child 

Gently and Bacchus are given an insight into the complexities of the emotionally wrought world when the adopted child of a middle-class couple is kidnapped.


Nicholas Renton


Alan Hunter (based on the novels by), 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
Simon Hubbard ... PC Taylor
Mark Gatiss ... Stephen Groves
Helen Baxendale ... Frances Groves
Katie Anderson Katie Anderson ... Leigh Ann Bacchus
Tony Haygarth ... Peter Bacchus
Faye Castelow Faye Castelow ... Hazel Joyce
Alison Steadman ... Esther Dunwoody
Molly Roberts Molly Roberts ... Mary
Holly Lucas Holly Lucas ... Susan Faulkner
Andrew Frame Andrew Frame ... Andrew Fleming
Terence Hillyer Terence Hillyer ... Farmer Kennedy
Jordan Dawes Jordan Dawes ... Gareth
Jessica Hargreaves Jessica Hargreaves ... Young Frances


Faith, the recently adopted baby daughter of Stephen and Frances Groves, is abducted in broad daylight, leading Gently and Bacchus to the home for unmarried mothers from where the couple got Faith. Mrs Dunwoody, the owner, tells them that Faith had a twin brother and the mother Susan Faulkner disappeared with him after Faith's adoption but, when traced, Susan is unable to help the enquiry. After a kidnap ransom demand proves to be a red herring, Gently discovers that both Frances and Stephen have guilty secrets from the past, which, in one case, will solve the case. Bacchus meanwhile reconciles with his father after years of hostility. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

9 September 2012 (UK) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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When Gently and Bacchus go looking for Hazel Joyce, the camera pans across to follow Bacchus from the car to the seafront. As it does so, a modern car (a Vauxhall Nova) is seen parked in a side road. See more »


Esther Dunwoody: They are, for the most part, lovely, lovely girls. They make one mistake, Mr. Gently, and they pay for it.
George Gently: My sergeant can tell you about all that.
[laughs gently]
John Bacchus: Yes, um
[clearing his throat]
John Bacchus: my wife made a mistake.
Esther Dunwoody: You made it together, but you stood by her.
John Bacchus: [annoyed] Yes, and now we're divorced. Can we crack on?
Esther Dunwoody: Yes, well to thread a needle requires both needle and thread, you know.
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References Peyton Place (1964) See more »


The Waters of the Tyne
Performed by Holly Lucas as Susan Faulkner and Faye Castelow as Hazel Joyce
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Very intense, powerful episode.
16 February 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

One thing this show has managed to be from the very first is diverse, all types of crimes, all types of people, and certainly a range of topics relevant to life at the time. This time round it's an abducted baby, and the life for mother's who have no choice but to have their babies adopted.

A very moving and sad story, one of loss and longing, with some bitter pills to swallow for many involved. Helen Baxendale and Mark Gatiss did a terrific job as the adopted parents, but it was the slightly domestic story of Bacchus, and his dad that I found most enjoyable, lots of strong body language, plenty of digs, before one true moment of compassion, Tony Haygarth was superb as his father I thought.

Gently took on the role of hero somewhat, whilst Bacchus had to deal with a harrowing real life event, where repercussions are sure to follow.

Superb, 9/10

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