BBC1 has commissioned four more episodes of period police series Inspector George Gently, RadioTimes.com can exclusively reveal.
The drama, starring Martin Shaw as the irascible London police Inspector fighting crime in the north east of England in the late 1960s, will begin filming the new episodes next week with a broadcast date set for next year.
The series - written by Peter Flannery and initially based on the Gently novels by Alan Hunter - has been traditionally shown in short runs, with the most recent four-part series airing in February this year. One episode in the recent run was based at a holiday camp and featured singer Pixie Lott playing a murder victim.
The new films will see the return of Gently’s sidekick DS John Bacchus played by Lee Ingleby.
Ingleby told RadioTimes.com: “I love it. It’s fun. Me and Martin get on really well. We have fun and it’s interesting. What appeals to us is it’s not a boss and sidekick thing, there are two people who love to hate and hate to love each other and their relationship is very interesting.”
The new films will be set in 1969 and Ingleby said he would be more than happy if it moved on to the next decade.
“I would love it if it went to the 1970’s. It would be great,” he added.
Ingleby will next be seen in the six-part BBC1 drama Our Zoo, playing the real-life character of George Mottershead who founded Chester Zoo in the 1930s.
The drama - beginning on BBC1 on Wednesday 3 September - also stars Liz White as George’s wife Lizzie, with Last Tango in Halifax star Anne Reid playing his skeptical mother Lucy.