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Inspector George Gently

S5-E3 The Lost Child

S5-E3 The Lost Child



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

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
Mary Molly Roberts
Susan Faulkner Holly Lucas
Andrew Fleming Andrew Frame
Farmer Kennedy Terence Hillyer
Gareth Jordan Dawes
Leigh Ann Bacchus Katie Anderson
Young Frances Jessica Hargreaves
Young Stephen Samuel Clayton
Director Nicholas Renton
Executive Producer George Faber
Executive Producer Charles Pattinson
Executive Producer Peter Flannery
Executive Producer Claire Ingham
Producer Faye Dorn
Writer Peter Flannery
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