Inspector George Gently

Gently in the Cathedral

Series 5 - Episode 4 Gently in the Cathedral



If you could have your dream collision of TV detectives, what would it be? Kojak meets Luther? DCI Banks works a case with Columbo? How about Lewis and Gently joining forces? That’s what happens tonight, in a sense,
as Kevin Whately arrives to take an unexpected cameo in 1960s Durham.

He plays a retired colleague, the kind of sound, salt-of-the-earth type Whately does so well, and Gently needs him badly because his own career is suddenly in tatters. Martin Shaw and Whately work a treat together when they get to share scenes and it’s a terrific, dark and doomy episode, as corrupt venal Met officers come to stomp all over Durham, and tell Bacchus, “We need you to ’elp us nail Gently.” But will he?


The chief inspector comes up against Rattigan, an old adversary from his days in London, whose legal challenge to his prison sentence has been upheld on the grounds that Gently fabricated evidence against him. Donald McGhee, the detective's friend and former colleague in the Met, unexpectedly arrives in Durham to offer support, but his motives remain questionable. With Bacchus torn between loyalty and ambition, Gently knows that it's up to him to find a solution to his dilemma. Sixties-set detective drama, starring Martin Shaw and Lee Ingleby, with Kevin Whately, Diana Quick, Nigel Lindsay, Morgan Watkins and Ralph Brown.

Cast & Crew

George Gently Martin Shaw
John Bacchus Lee Ingleby
Donald McGhee Kevin Whately
Gitta Bronson Diana Quick
Melvin Rattigan Ralph Brown
Owen Galliford Kemal Sylvester
Frannie Hilston Brett Allen
DCS Trevor Statham Nigel Lindsay
DS Kieran Lawson Morgan Watkins
Asst Chief Const Chris Brailsford
PC Taylor Simon Hubbard
Lisa Bacchus Melanie Clark Pullen
Bernie Henderson Angelica Penn
PC Gavin Henderson Lee Armstrong
Alec Powell Michael Hodgson
Leigh Ann Bacchus Katie Anderson
Magistrate Jacqueline King
PC in Woods David Kirkbridge
Director Nicholas Renton
Producer Faye Dorn
Writer Peter Flannery
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