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Fri Oct 31, 2014, 09:10 PM

 

For DC//NOVA/Maryland PBS Masterpiece Mystery fans,

Maryland Public Television, channel 22 in the DC area, I think, will be showing the PBS Masterpiece Mystery Series "Inspector George Gently" starting tomorrow on Saturdays at 7 pm. The show until a couple of weeks ago was shown on one of the WETA 26 digital channels. I'm thrilled to see it back.

For those of you unfamiliar with the series, it is set in the 1960s in northeastern England. It weaves '60s themes with the relationship of an old-school WWII vet detective inspector formerly of London with a conservative (!) local much younger detective sergeant. The topical plots and often not so neat endings often leave me with something to really think about to compare with what I remember about those times here in the US.

I'm a big fan of the PBS British mysteries. For comparison, my other favorites are Foyle's War and Inspectors Lewis and Morse.

I hope that you Maryland/DC/NOVA mystery fans will give George Gently a look! You won't be disappointed.

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Reply For DC//NOVA/Maryland PBS Masterpiece Mystery fans, (Original post)
amandabeech Oct 2014 OP
The Velveteen Ocelot Oct 2014 #1
amandabeech Oct 2014 #2
The Velveteen Ocelot Oct 2014 #3
amandabeech Oct 2014 #4
The Velveteen Ocelot Oct 2014 #5
amandabeech Oct 2014 #6
mackerel Oct 2014 #7
amandabeech Oct 2014 #8
mackerel Oct 2014 #9
shenmue Nov 2014 #11
elleng Nov 2014 #14
WorseBeforeBetter Nov 2014 #21
amandabeech Nov 2014 #16
csziggy Nov 2014 #18
shenmue Nov 2014 #10
Lydia Leftcoast Nov 2014 #22
Liberal_in_LA Nov 2014 #12
elleng Nov 2014 #13
IcyPeas Nov 2014 #15
amandabeech Nov 2014 #17
mackerel Nov 2014 #19
amandabeech Nov 2014 #20
Lydia Leftcoast Nov 2014 #23
amandabeech Nov 2014 #24
HipChick Nov 2014 #25
amandabeech Nov 2014 #27
HipChick Nov 2014 #29
KamaAina Nov 2014 #26
amandabeech Nov 2014 #28

Response to amandabeech (Original post)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 09:20 PM

1. The George Gently series is very good.

I really get a kick out of his slimy little underling.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 09:40 PM

2. Bacchus really is a piece of work, isn't he?

 

I have to say in the episode that involves a trip to a local underground gay bar, Bacchus's discomfort was truly hilarious.

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Response to amandabeech (Reply #2)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 10:42 PM

3. That was funny.

The guy is such a weasel!

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #3)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 10:44 PM

4. It really gives the show a very different feel from the other "buddy"

 

cop shows when the junior and senior essentially get along.

My word for Bacchus is "prick."

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Response to amandabeech (Reply #4)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 10:47 PM

5. Never figured out why Gently didn't just fire his ass.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #5)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 10:51 PM

6. Gently must see something worth redeeming and worthwhile in him.

 

Gently's getting older, and sometimes older people feel a need to mentor in their work. Perhaps at the end of the show's run, which I hope won't be soon, more of whatever it is in Bacchus that Gently sees will come out.

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Response to amandabeech (Original post)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 10:56 PM

7. I wouldn't say that Morse and Lewis got along.

Has anyone seen Death come to Pemberley? I really miss the Prime Suspect series.

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Response to mackerel (Reply #7)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 11:08 PM

8. Lewis was long suffering and Morse often did not see what Lewis had to offer,

 

but I think that their relationship was considerably better than that of Gently and Bacchus.

I've seen the first half of "Death Comes to Pemberley." Ovation channel showed the 1995 "Pride and Prejudice" (with a few edits) in the week before "Death." I wasn't sure of the casting of "Mrs. Darcy". I'd seen the actress a year or so before in the first year of the "Bletchley Park" series, and I just didn't think that she would be able to show that spark and that ability to enjoy life's absurd moments of the former Miss Elizabeth Bennett, particularly as played by Jennifer Ehle. After viewing "Death", I wouldn't decide whether it was the writing or the acting or both, but the new Elizabeth Darcy is very much like the actress's character as a former code break in "Bletchley Park."

I intend to see the second half, and perhaps the Elizabeth Darcy character will come out a bit. Admittedly, writing wonderful period characters was an Austin specialty, not necessarily one for Wodehouse.

Interestingly, Mrs. Bennett is played by the same actor who is Lewis's boss in Inspector Lewis, but in a wild-looking wig!

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Response to amandabeech (Reply #8)

Fri Oct 31, 2014, 11:42 PM

9. Have you seen the series of Morse when he was in his twenties?

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Response to mackerel (Reply #9)

Sat Nov 1, 2014, 12:28 AM

11. 'Endeavour' rules!

Watch 'Fugue.' Great episode.

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Response to shenmue (Reply #11)

Sat Nov 1, 2014, 01:19 AM

14. Yes, love Endeavor!

(Love Morse too!)

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Response to shenmue (Reply #11)

Sun Nov 2, 2014, 08:19 PM

21. It does!

Watched "Rocket" last night on UNC-TV, but caught "Fugue" twice before. Outstanding. Up there with "Wallander."

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Response to mackerel (Reply #9)

Sat Nov 1, 2014, 01:42 PM

16. Yes, it's great! Hopefully, there will be more series.

 

I also like the actor who plays his boss. I've seen him in several things, and he's always been good.

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Response to mackerel (Reply #7)

Sat Nov 1, 2014, 06:52 PM

18. Death come to Pemberley will be on the PBS station here tonight

I hope I don't have to know anything about Jane Austen or her characters to enjoy it. I have managed to avoid her stuff all my life. On the other hand, I have loved everything I ever read by P. D. James so I plan to watch it.

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Response to amandabeech (Original post)

Sat Nov 1, 2014, 12:26 AM

10. It's also on Acorn TV

$4-$5 a month if you've got a Roku box.

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Response to shenmue (Reply #10)

Tue Nov 4, 2014, 01:09 AM

22. All six seasons are on AcornTV

along with many other fine British, Canadian, Irish, and Australian series that have never been shown in the U.S. or were shown so long ago that you probably don't remember them.

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Response to amandabeech (Original post)

Sat Nov 1, 2014, 12:56 AM

12. playing in los angeles. i've seen a few eps recently

 

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Response to amandabeech (Original post)

Sat Nov 1, 2014, 01:18 AM

13. I like the show a lot.

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Response to amandabeech (Original post)

Sat Nov 1, 2014, 02:10 AM

15. thanks for the heads up

I love all of these crime/detective/mystery shows from PBS also. I also like The Paradise and Mr. Selfridge and Call the Midwife etc. I just watch all of them .

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Response to IcyPeas (Reply #15)

Sat Nov 1, 2014, 01:43 PM

17. I think that we have the same play list.

 

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Response to amandabeech (Original post)

Sat Nov 1, 2014, 11:19 PM

19. Another one I love is Midsummer Murders

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Response to mackerel (Reply #19)

Sun Nov 2, 2014, 06:35 PM

20. The English countryside shown on MM is just beautiful!

 

I love George Gently, but it is somewhat dark.

MM takes place in a soft and wonderful world, with a very nice main detective. I've had a major crush on Sgt. Troy for years. Go figure.

The only problem here in the DC area is that they're showing the same episodes over and over. It's probably time to sign up for one of the internet sources for some new plots.

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Response to amandabeech (Reply #20)

Tue Nov 4, 2014, 01:10 AM

23. Again, Acorn TV has all the Midsomer Murders, and

they get the new ones before they're released on DVD.

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Response to Lydia Leftcoast (Reply #23)

Tue Nov 4, 2014, 11:58 AM

24. Thanks for the tip.

 

I'm really going to have to check out Acorn.

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Response to amandabeech (Original post)

Tue Nov 4, 2014, 12:33 PM

25. Martin Shaw was hot back in the day...

in the Professionals, I only found out the other day, that he's other partner died last year...Shaw still looks good, those bedroom eyes

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Response to HipChick (Reply #25)

Tue Nov 4, 2014, 03:30 PM

27. For an older guy, he looks terrific.

 

I'm not familiar with the Professionals, though.

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Response to amandabeech (Reply #27)

Tue Nov 4, 2014, 10:20 PM

29. Basically a British Version of Miami Vice...

Without all the nice suits though..

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Response to amandabeech (Original post)

Tue Nov 4, 2014, 01:27 PM

26. Any relation to Dirk Gently?

 



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Response to KamaAina (Reply #26)

Tue Nov 4, 2014, 03:30 PM

28. Not to my knowledge, but they'd be an interesting pair. n/t

 

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