Inspector George Gently (2007–2017)
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Son of a Gun 

Following an armed robbery, Gently seeks to bring the armed gang to justice before more innocent people are shot.


Tim Whitby


Alan Hunter (based on the novels by), Peter Flannery (created for television by) | 2 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Simon Hubbard ... Taylor
Lee Ingleby ... John Bacchus
Martin Shaw ... George Gently
Lisa McGrillis ... Rachel Coles
Jody Latham Jody Latham ... Jonjo Burdon
Danny Cunningham Danny Cunningham ... Doorman
Patrick McNamee Patrick McNamee ... Kit McDonald
Elizabeth Carling ... Edith McDonald
Annabel Scholey ... Gemma Nunn
Tom Hutch Tom Hutch ... Uniformed Policeman
Emma Lundy Emma Lundy ... Lexie
Rosie Wyatt ... Waitress
Lucian Msamati ... Ellison
Will Graham Will Graham ... Stewart Murdoch
Paul Hamilton Paul Hamilton ... Gamekeeper


On Christmas Eve an armed gang rob the Tyne and Wear bank with machine-guns and soon afterwards the female getaway driver is found dead. Information leads Gently to a rough club frequented by a skinhead gang led by the violent Jonjo Burden but with insufficient evidence Gently cannot charge them so Rachel goes undercover and gets close to Burden. She suspects that another robbery is being planned and she is right but the police are unable to prevent it and her cover is blown. For Gently, now forced to admit to Bacchus that he has multiple sclerosis, the involvement of a colleague's widow and her young son both complicates and helps him clear up the case. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

20 May 2015 (UK) See more »

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16:9 HD
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The Night Club where the skinheads hang out is Klute, Elvet Bridge, Durham City with access being from under Elvet Bridge. The scene where Gently, John & Rachel meet up after looking for the car was also filmed under Elvet Bridge. See more »


[Gently and Bacchus visit a seedy nightclub to arrest a suspect. A skinhead confronts them]
George Gently: Bovver boots, slaphead, your granddad's braces and a choirboy shirt. No, I give up. What have you come as?
[Gently head-butts the skinhead and continues into the club]
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Opening credits prologue: DURHAM, 1969 See more »


Written by Peter Green
Performed by Fleetwood Mac
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Armed robbery roughness
4 June 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 continued with "Bomber's Moon". The show hit a high point with "Gently with the Innocents" and the high point standards applies here again in perhaps the most episode of the show "Son of a Gun". There is a lot here that is particularly good about 'Inspector George Gently' and it shows that it is not at all hard to see why the show appeals to many.

"Son of a Gun" shows 'Inspector George Gently' still delivering on a consistent level, no bad episodes up to this point. It is indicative that the show has found its feet and hit its stride. It doesn't quite have the emotional impact of other episodes that tackled daring themes, yet there is the tension and tautness and genuinely poignant execution of the tragic elements. Love the development for Rachel.

However, "Son of a Gun", 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 definitely shows loud and clear. The music is stirring and haunting, dynamic with what's going on and never intrusive.

The writing has 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 is easy to follow and absorbing with a good deal of suspense. The climax is intense. "Son of a Gun", 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, 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, especially from a nuanced Lisa McGrillis and a loathsome Jody Latham.

Overall, wonderful. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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