Inspector George Gently

Series 5 - 3. The Lost Child

The Lost Child
Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

Behind the squeaky clean exterior of 1968 Durham suburbia, with its tidy lawns, gleaming cars and freshly pressed kiddies, there’s a regular Peyton Place of secrets and scandals swilling about.

George Gently and John Bacchus are investigating the snatching of a baby girl from its nice new home. Helen Baxendale and the splendid Mark Gatiss play the middle-class parents who’ve adopted a child from
a home for unmarried mothers run with military precision by the not exactly charitable Mrs Dunwoody (Alison Steadman). Meanwhile, Bacchus is struggling with parenthood. “You were never much as a son, but you are a spectacularly useless dad,” his father tells him. Ouch.

About this programme

3/4. A middle-class couple's adopted child is kidnapped, a case that takes Gently and Bacchus to a home where unmarried mothers are forced to give up their babies. Suspicion initially falls upon the natural mother, who is thought to have `stolen' her baby back. But further investigations reveal a much darker side to the adoption home itself and raise questions as to how far this seemingly perfect couple were prepared to go to become parents. Martin Shaw and Lee Ingleby star, with Mark Gatiss, Helen Baxendale and Alison Steadman.

Cast and crew


George Gently
Martin Shaw
John Bacchus
Lee Ingleby
Frances Groves
Helen Baxendale
Stephen Groves
Mark Gatiss
Esther Dunwoody
Alison Steadman
Peter Bacchus
Tony Haygarth
PC Taylor
Simon Hubbard
Hazel Joyce
Faye Castelow
Molly Roberts
Susan Faulkner
Holly Lucas
Andrew Fleming
Andrew Frame
Farmer Kennedy
Terence Hillyer
Jordan Dawes
Leigh Ann Bacchus
Katie Anderson
Young Frances
Jessica Hargreaves
Young Stephen
Samuel Clayton


Nicholas Renton
Executive Producer
George Faber
Executive Producer
Charles Pattinson
Executive Producer
Peter Flannery
Executive Producer
Claire Ingham
Faye Dorn
Peter Flannery