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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: Acorn
  • Release Date: Jan. 17 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005X5XIBA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,824 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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In 1960s Britain, an upstanding detective takes on a dangerous world

Award-winning actor Martin Shaw (Judge John Deed, The Professionals) stars as Commander George Gently—an incorruptible, uncompromising cop transplanted from London’s Scotland Yard to England’s North Country in the mid-1960s. Gently’s reputation for honesty and relentlessness makes him almost as feared among his colleagues as he is among criminals. But he finds an odd ally in John Bacchus (Lee Ingleby, Nicholas Nickleby)—an overeager, opinionated young sergeant who plays fast and loose with police procedures. Together the two tackle cases involving murderers, drug dealers, gun runners, and more.

Based on the long-running series of novels by Alan Hunter, these feature-length modern dramas boast clever writing, stylish direction, and strong casts, including guest stars Richard Armitage (Robin Hood), Phil Davis (Vera Drake), and John Kavanagh (The Tudors). The powerful mysteries unfold against the beautiful backdrop of rural Britain, a region just beginning to feel the rumbles of the era’s social and cultural quakes.

The British love their mystery miniseries, but this new one, George Gently, has special historical flair for those curious about just how wide the generation gap was in Britain pre-cultural and sexual revolution. Each of Series One’s three feature-length dramas, based on novels by Alan Hunter, are set in 1964, a year rife with political cover-ups, biker gang conflicts, kids popping "dexies" to fuel all-night dance club parties, and elders, like Commander George Gently (Martin Shaw), scrambling to alleviate the rampant crime situation. In episode one, "Gently Go Man," the Commander is about to retire when his wife is killed, sparking his renewed dedication to catching thugs. Relocating from London’s Scotland Yard to rural Northumberland, where he suspects criminal Joe Webster (Philip Davis) may dwell, Gently teams up with dapper detective Sergeant John Bacchus (Lee Ingleby), who admires Gently but more casually approaches infiltrating youth culture for information. The series is propelled by the father-son relationship that builds between the two officers, as they successfully solve the murder of young motorcyclist, Billy Lister (Christian Cooke). Billy’s gang, including the fiery Lawrence Elton (Shaun Evans) and sensitive Ricky Deeming (Richard Armitage), unravels as sexual tensions between the boys are exposed, pointing to the necessity of an upcoming sexual revolution that theoretically occurred to prevent future tragedies such as those relayed in this story.

The subsequent two episodes, "Bomber’s Moon" and "The Burning Man," have more political bent, as Gently and Bacchus team up to solve the murder of Wilhelm Schmeikel (Christian Oliver), linked to various underground organizations. Schmeikel’s children, Gunter (Wolf Kahler) and Trudi (Nathalie Boltt), play key roles in each drama. Once Gently’s Criminal Investigation Department nemesis, Empton (Robert Glenister), is assigned to the case, the mystery increases exponentially as corruption infiltrates the effort. In the harrowing episode, "The Burning Man," Schmiekel is found with a charred stomach full of egg, chips, and an eternity ring with the woman's name, Wanda, carved on it. Turns out Wanda (Pooky Quesnel) is the most multi-dimensional character in Series One, as she reluctantly aids the police with manipulative finesse, maintaining a cloying, sex-crazed persona that spices up these extremely hard-boiled tales. Though Gently is a fabulous character, not to mention a brilliant detective, the crimes he is solving are so complicated that one must pay close attention to avoid being completely left behind. For crime mystery lovers, this will be a plus, while for others, watching George Gently Series One may feel like one is enrolling in detective school, so bring a notepad. --Trinie Dalton --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dave and Joe TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 11 2009
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I love Brit mysteries and this new series is one of the best. Well thought out plots and wonderful dialogue. They capture the feel of the sixties incredibly well. Worthwhile viewing.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. veitch on Feb. 8 2009
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Martin Shaw at his best and superb supporting cast. Best British Drama since Judge John Deed (which remains unavailable on DVD in Canada?)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RedMtl TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 26 2015
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As a fan of Martin Shaw, I am predisposed to like his work. However, this particular series has been good from the start and continues to be excellent. For those who are not familiar with U. K. productions, a "series" often only has a handful of episodes in a "season" and this should be noted. I have seen reviews elsewhere that comment in dismay that the "set" of DVDs only has a handful of episodes.

In this series Shaw portrays a detective who is noted for being less than personable in some instances. As the series starts he is shown at the interment of his late wife, who has been victim of a revenge killing. This forms the basis of the initial season of the series. From there, it builds into an excellent portrayal of both a detective struggling with a difficult past, and his young partner who is learning the ropes.

In general, I recommend the entire series, but it would be wise not to jump to the subsequent "seasons" prior to seeing the first episodes. After this first set the order, while important, matters less.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lillian Mayes on June 30 2013
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I chose to try this series because I like Martin Shaw. I was not disappointed. Completely enjoyed all episodes. I recommend it to all my family and friends who enjoy a good mystery. However I do warn them of the cost and don't know that I will be purchasing anymore because I find the prices too high.
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