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When is Inspector George Gently on TV?

What you need to know about the final episodes of Martin Shaw's upright copper drama

Published: Monday, 30th October 2017 at 11:55 am

Inspector George Gently is back for two more episodes, which will be Martin Shaw's last-ever outings as the straight-laced copper before the detective series winds up for good. We have had eight series and now it's time to say goodbye.


Here’s everything you need to know about Gently's final farewell...

When is the next Inspector George Gently episode on TV?

Nobody's too sure.

The first episode, called Gently Liberated (set in 1970), aired on Sunday 21st May. It was billed as a two-part farewell to the policeman played by Martin Shaw, but the second part was not scheduled for the next week. Why?

The answer, it appears, could lie in the content.

Set in the 1970s, understands that it involves a charismatic, possibly promiscuous (and potentially worse than that) fictional Labour MP and former Cabinet Minister in the Harold Wilson government, and contains numerous scenes where all the talk is about politicians and elections.

Airing the film just a few days before the 2017 election could be too great a risk, it is understood, and the BBC, perhaps wisely, has decided to show it at a later date – a date yet to be confirmed.

Who’s in the cast?


Martin Shaw, Lee Ingleby and Lisa McGrillis return for two more episodes, starring alongside guest actors from Poldark and Call the Midwife.


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