Inspector George Gently

Gently Upside Down

Series 4 - Episode 1 Gently Upside Down



The body of a teenage girl is discovered in the woods outside Durham. She’s been strangled. In town her friends are happily slapping on the make-up and hitching up their hemlines in preparation for going to Upside Down, a TV show that’s an obvious stand-in for Ready Steady Go but with Neil Morrissey as a lecherous host.

This is the 1960s of Inspector George Gently – a time when sexual equality was in its infancy and a slug of Scotch, a fag and a clout round the head were all a good copper needed to help him solve a crime.

As Gently, Martin Shaw’s accent has finally stopped roaming around the country, while his character’s relationship with sidekick John Bacchus (Lee Ingleby) gives us some warmly humorous moments.


A schoolgirl's killing brings Gently into the alien world of pop and media celebrity when it turns out the victim's best friend is a rising TV star. Bacchus suspects the dead girl's music teacher, since rumours persist that she was having an affair with him. But when it seems everyone has a different opinion of the girl, Gently must uncover these different faces to get to the truth of her murder. Neil Morrissey guest stars alongside Martin Shaw and Lee Ingleby.

Cast & Crew

Insp George Gently Martin Shaw
John Bacchus Lee Ingleby
Joe Claverton Sean Gilder
Tony Neil Morrissey
Peter Holdaway Vincent Regan
Hazel Holdaway Kate Bracken
Margaret Holdaway Louise Delamere
Shelley Marshall Jade Byrne
Nugent Kieran Bew
PC Taylor Simon Hubbard
Hogge Christopher Coghill
Christine Eva Quinn
Barry Ross McKenzie
Mary Claverton Shannon Tarbet
Sheila Claverton Juliet Cowan
Amelia Nugent Therase Neve
Jasmine Kaye Wragg
School secretary Janine Birkett
Director Nicholas Renton
Producer Caroline Levy
Writer Peter Flannery
Writer Stewart Harcourt
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