Judge David Johnson, DVD Verdict -- "Series 3 continues the adventures of grizzled, no-nonsense Chief Inspector George Gently (Martin Shaw) and his jumpy sergeant John Bacchus (Lee Ingleby). The pair is tasked with investigating murders in 1960s Northumberland, their cases almost always containing layers of twists and reveals that leave them stunned by the end. Two shows on deck this time -- Gently Evil, Peace & Love -- running 90 minutes apiece. I confess I'm not much of a lover of the genre, but these Gently offerings are so well-staged and absorbing, I always find himself hanging on to each minute, up until the usually surprising reveal. The anchor is Martin Shaw, who consistently turns in great stuff as the eponymous inspector. Gently is understated and stern, yet he's doubtlessly a bad-ass and owns every scene he's in. He may not have the martial artistry or gunplay skills of your generic Hollywood Alpha, but everyone fears him and the guy is never wrong. Gently is quick to rebuke his over-eager and occasionally knuckle-headed partner and Bacchus takes umbrage at this. Still, Gently is so legendary, Bacchus knows how lucky he is to be paired with such a stud. Shaw and Ingleby have good chemistry together and despite their character's sporadic friction, there is affection there, approaching a father/son dynamic and it works. Both episodes are reliably strong, though the "Gently Evil" is my favorite. The twist was faintly telegraphed but the writers were deft enough to keep the twists rolling until the very end. The result is a tense, upsetting 90 minutes. "Peace & Love" has twists of its own, but ends up focusing on the social mores and anachronisms of the '60s. One of the reasons I enjoy the series is that the setting supplements the mystery and doesn't overpower it. Acorn knows how to do Blu-ray and their presentation here is sublime. The 1.78:1 widescreen transfer may be "merely" 1080i, but it is absolutely beautiful, razor-sharp and starkly colored. I don't care what the tech purists might say; "p" or not, this is as awesome a slice of video fidelity as I've seen in some time. A clean 2.0 stereo PCM provides the sound. No extras."