Another reason George Gently is so enjoyable is the cast. Martin Shaw is perfect as the beleaguered Gently, a man who has seen and experienced so much that he no longer judges or stereotypes. Bacchus, his sergeant, is self-righteous and idealistic, a man who believes there is a bold line separating right and wrong; he clings to his social stereotypes, reluctantly learning that there are many shades of gray. His sometimes stodgy views clash with the changing morality of the sixties. Lee Ingleby brings life and credibility to what could have been a two-dimensional character.
Notably, most of the themes in George Gently shift in and out of various gray areas. As in life, there is no happy ending; what’s happy for some will not be happy for all. Some criminals go unpunished, some evil people profit from their deeds, and moral dilemmas are troubling. Because George Gently succeeds so well at putting a human face on the issues on which it focuses, some of the stories are disturbing. All are thought-provoking.
Despite suspending disbelief, the audience watching George Gently is aware of the show's superior quality . The writing, acting, atmosphere, sets, music, and costumes all conspire to involve us in an excellent, flawless viewing experience. George Gently shows us how good television can be when it is done right.
Bottom line: Would I buy/rent George Gently – Series 2? Yes, buy it. It’s a keeper.