Thursday, July 23, 2009

Speak Gently

The viewer will be excused for thinking that he or she has been dropped into the middle of the story when we watch the first episode of George Gently. It's 1964 and DCI Gently is mourning the hit and run death of his wife and planning his retirement when he decides to investigate one more case. The investigation takes him to sleepy Northumberland, where the scenery is spectacular.

DCI Gently is paired with an ambitious young sergeant, DS Bacchus, who is on the lookout for a new posting to London -- or anywhere more exciting than his current situation.

Gently and Bacchus investigate a number of murders, but of course, it is up to Gently to train his young partner in the finer points of policing. Gently is intolerant of police corruption, although he seems to overlook quite a few failings in Bacchus. It is also amusing and somewhat puzzling to see nearly all of the women who make an appearance on the screen basically throwing themselves at the rather hangdog Gently.

The first season included three episodes, all involving murders. The second episode revolves around nefarious doings by the IRA, and is a bit confusing in all the double-crossing that's going on. I quickly lost the plot in that one. Other than that one problem, however, the series is very enjoyable. In addition to the beautiful scenery, it is interesting to see the growing "father-son" relationship dynamic that develops between Gently and Bacchus.

Unfortunately, the second series isn't yet available in the U.S., but I hope we won't have to wait long for it. More Gently, please!

Final Verdict for George Gently: Four Gherkins, for being an enjoyable trip back to a bygone time in a lovely setting


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