Inspector George Gently recommissioned by BBC1

Martin Shaw and Lee Ingleby to return in four new feature-length episodes

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Period detective drama Inspector Gently will return later this year to BBC1, it has been announced.

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Four new feature-length stories will see Martin Shaw reprise his titular role as a Northumberland detective in the 1960s, flanked by lippy sidekick Bacchus, who is played by Lee Ingleby.

Set in 1968, the new programmes deal with the fallout from the Paris riots, racial disharmony following Enoch Powell’s “rivers of blood” speech, attitudes towards illegitimate children and, finally, Gently’s own professional future. Two have been written by creator Peter Flannery, with David Kane and Simon Block penning the other two.

Guest stars include Lenora Crichlow, Roger Lloyd Pack and Geraldine Somerville.

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“Gently and Bacchus return to my home turf of Durham and Northumberland with plenty more murders and cases to solve,” Flannery said. “It’s 1968 and there are huge changes taking place in society. Hopefully our series continues to give a real portrait of the age.”