Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gently Bidding Farewell to Popular Crime Series

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gently Bidding Farewell to Popular Crime Series

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Byline: Barbara Hodgson Reporter barbara.hodgson@ncjmedia.com @BarbaraHodgson5

MARTIN Shaw is glad that Inspector George Gently - currently being filmed in the North East for the last time - is being given a proper send-off.

The actor, who stars as the gruff but honourable detective in the BBC1 drama, says the planned double feature-length ending is a fitting way to round off the longrunning series.

Cast and crew are busy shooting the final two episodes of its eighth, and last, series which is bowing out - in style - after 10 years.

Over that time it has proved a ratings winner for the BBC but its makers now feel that the crime drama, and its lead character, have reached a "natural end".

The news will sadden fans of the series which was created by Gateshead-born writer Peter Flannery. Based loosely, in its initial stages, on the George Gently novels of Alan Hunter, it has seen the eponymous hero advance in his crimecracking career to become a Detective Chief Inspector while his right-hand man John Bacchus, played by Lee Ingleby, has similarly risen in rank and is now a Detective Inspector.

The series itself has advanced from 1964 to a new setting of 1970 for the two final episodes, both feature-length, which will bring the whole story to a close.

Star Shaw said of his final outing as Gently: "I'm excited at being able to bring the series to a proper finale, a farewell that befits such a popular series."

He said it was "wonderful" to return to the role and the team behind the series.

Filming on the last storylines has begun in Durham, including scenes shot at County Hall, and is also taking place in Newcastle.

Its completion day will no doubt prove an emotional moment for all the cast and crew. Writer Flannery, who is also executive producer on the series, is certainly sorry to see it go after 23 episodes. …

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