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Gently Among Friends

Series 7 - Episode 3 Gently Among Friends

Fri 29 Jun 9pm - 11pm Alibi
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Sat 30 Jun, 7pm - 9pm Alibi


George Gently writer Peter Flannery casts a brief glance back at territory he mined so richly and memorably with his 1996 masterpiece Our Friends in the North in a clever, rueful episode.

A man is found dead under Newcastle’s High Level Bridge. It’s clearly meant to look like suicide and when Gently and Bacchus dig into his life, they find grand schemes and thwarted ambition. But of course, he’s been murdered.

The victim, Scottie, was part of a small, tightly knit group of mates who have achieved varying degrees of career success. Scottie was passionately devoted to Newcastle, he loved its bridges (and prog-rockers, prepare to be transported by a snippet from the Nice’s Five Bridges Suite) and he had big visions for his beloved city’s future development.

It’s a really strong 90 minutes, full of unexpected little discoveries, including Bacchus and the boss indulging in a few moments of levity.


The detective is called out when a body is found on a rubbish pile under the Tyne Bridge. It initially looks like suicide, but evidence reveals the victim was dead before he landed. The search begins to uncover his identity, with just a pawnbroker's receipt, a note with a phone number for one Gwendolyn Howard and a betting slip in the deceased's pocket. Crime drama, guest starring Jim Moir (aka Vic Reeves).

Cast & Crew

George Gently Martin Shaw
John Bacchus Lee Ingleby
Rachel Coles Lisa McGrillis
Michael Woodruff Adrian Bower
Jo Parker Louise Brealey
Anita Magath Emma Cunniffe
Petey Magath Anthony Flanagan
Geoffrey Jim Moir
Scott Parker Nick Sidi
Liam Govan Paul Brennen
Tommy Glyn Pritchard
Taylor Simon Hubbard
Gemma Annabel Scholey
Mr Sutton Shaughan Seymour
Barman Neil William Troughton
Uniformed sergeant Kris Deedigan
Young man Luke Maddison
Estate agent Lawrence Neale
Crew boss Jim Kitson
Director Tim Whitby
Producer Peter Norris
Writer Peter Flannery
Writer Tim Prager
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