Inspector George Gently (2007–2017)
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Bomber's Moon 

When the beaten body of wealthy German businessman is discovered in the harbour, Gently and Bacchus are forced to consider whether a barman's anti-German sentiments are a motive for murder.


Ciaran Donnelly (as Ciarán Donnelly)


Alan Hunter (novel), 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
Tony Rohr ... China
Simon Hubbard ... PC Taylor
Kevin Doyle ... Robert Stratton
Christian Oliver ... Wilhelm Schmeikel
Nathalie Boltt ... Trudi Schmeikel
Wolf Kahler ... Gunter Schmeikel
Tim Healy ... Old Jim Hardyment
Gillian Hanna Gillian Hanna ... Mabs Hardyment
Kevin Wathen Kevin Wathen ... Jimmy Hardyment
Sammy T. Dobson Sammy T. Dobson ... Alice Stratton (as Sammy Dobson)
Paul Broughton Paul Broughton ... Chick Shavers
Phil Kingston ... Bert Galton
Janet Phillips Janet Phillips ... Amata


Chief Inspector George Gently and Detective Sergeant John Bacchus investigate the murder of Gunter Schmeikel, who is found at the bottom of the harbor. The man drowned but his back had been broken, so it clearly wasn't an accident. Gunter had lived in England as a POW during World War II and had worked on Old Jim Hardyment's farm. It's only been 20 years since the end of the war and there is still a good deal of anti-German sentiment. The dead man's son and daughter-in-law, Wilhelm and Trudi Schmeikel, are lying to the police about their whereabouts on the evening of Gunter's death. It also appears that Wilhelm is under investigation for embezzling funds from his father's business. As well, young Jimmy Hardyment may hold hard feelings against Gunter who had an affair with his mother. Meanwhile, Gently is concerned when he learns that Sgt. Bacchus is having money troubles. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

20 July 2008 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland See more »

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Dolby Digital



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Did You Know?


A 'B' reg MGB would have been registered between Jan and Dec 1964. Since the story was set in 1964, Sgt. Bacchus' car would have been worth considerably more than his £100 asking price as the cost new was over £750. See more »


John Bacchus is trying to sell his car. It is a 1964 MGB. In the episode we learn that the year the episode takes place is the same year 1964. If advertising the car for £100 he would have had his arm 'ripped off'. A new MGM would have cost in the region of £700. Being just a few months old and presumably pretty low mileage he could have taken it to a dealer and got £500 for it. See more »


The Lampton Worm Song
Written by C.M. Leumane
Performed by Wolf Kahler and Others
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Death of the German businessman
24 May 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

As a huge fan of detective/crime/mystery series, there is the admission that it took me a while to start watching 'Inspector George Gently', worrying as to whether it would appeal to me for "can't put my finger on it" reasons other than being young at the time and not being as knowledgeable of the period. Getting into the show eight years ago and continuing to watch it without fail, it turned out to be simply wonderful and actually became a favourite.

After a very solid, if still settling, start in "Gently Go Man", it felt like 'Inspector George Gently' started to hit its stride with "The Burning Man" and that continues with "Bomber's Moon". There are better episodes since when things became even more settled and fresher and the stories richer and more complex. There is a lot here already that is particularly good about 'Inspector George Gently' and it definitely makes one want to carry on watching.

There is very little wrong here, other than still having familiar tropes that have been done with more freshness elsewhere. Can understand the complaint about the accents, which are not always easy to understand.

However, "Bomber's Moon", like the rest of the show, looks great, often beautiful. It is strikingly filmed and the scenery and period detail are atmospheric, handsome and evocative, a lot of work and care went into re-creating the period and it shows loud and clear. The music is stirring and haunting, dynamic with what's going on and never intrusive.

The writing already shows a lot of thought-provoking intelligence and balances subtle humour and drama very well and executing both individually just as well. The direction is alert and accommodating and the story, despite having an air of familiarity at times and not as rich as other stories for other episodes, is easy to follow and absorbing with a good deal of suspense. "Bomber's Moon", and 'Inspector Gently' in general, is very interesting for how British law was like in the 60s and how much it's changed and come on compared to now.

Love the chemistry between Gently and Bacchus, one of the most interesting and well-contrasted detective/crime/mystery drama pairings (perhaps the most interesting since Morse and Lewis). The two couldn't have more different personalities and how they gel and clash entertains and intrigues. Both are fascinating characters already, and became even more fascinating as the show progressed.

Can't fault the acting, the continually brilliant performances from Martin Shaw and Lee Ingleby here and throughout the show are career highs for both actors. All the support is good.

Overall, great. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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