Inspector George Gently

Gently Northern Soul

Series 5 - Episode 1 Gently Northern Soul



The joys of northern soul and the horrors of casual racism arrive in 1968 Newcastle, leaving gruff Inspector Gently and his dullard sidekick, Detective Sergeant Bacchus, facing a wall of prejudice when a young black woman is found dead.

She’d been to a northern soul gig with her best pal (Being Human’s Lenora Crichlow) but, such are the prevailing attitudes that, apart from the victim’s closest family and friends, and Gently (Martin Shaw), no one cares that much. Even Bacchus (Lee Ingleby) is initially dismissive, writing her off as a prostitute. But his lugubrious boss is having none of it.

The handling of such a big, complex issue is well-meaning, but, in the context of a journeyman police drama, it feels lumbering.


The inspector and his ambitious sergeant John Bacchus investigate the murder of Dolores Kenny, a black woman. She is a regular attender of a local club's soul all-nighters, events popular with factory workers from across the racial divide. Gently begins to uncover evidence of prejudice within the local community and his own police force as he seeks to identify the victim's killer. Detective drama set in 1968, starring Martin Shaw and Lee Ingleby, with Lenora Crichlow, Craig Conway, Pippa Bennett-Warner and Maggie O'Neill.

Cast & Crew

George Gently Martin Shaw
John Bacchus Lee Ingleby
Ambrose Kenny Eamonn Walker
Carol Morford Lenora Crichlow
Matilda Braithwaite Maggie O'Neill
Dolores Kenny Pippa Bennett-Warner
Gary Watts Craig Conway
Charlie Watts Philip Correia
Joseph Kenny Gary Carr
PC Taylor Simon Hubbard
Alfred Braxton Cliff Lee
Bernie Watts John Bowler
Reporter Ryan Bernstein
Mrs Stubbs Tracy Whitwell
Director Gillies MacKinnon
Producer Faye Dorn
Writer David Kane
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