Inspector George Gently is a crime drama set in 1960s Northumnerland, about an old-school detective trying to come to terms with a time when the lines between the police and criminals have become blurred. The drama series is produced for BBC One by Company Pictures and stars Martin Shaw as Inspector George Gently and Lee Ingleby as Sergeant John Bacchus. Guest stars for the show’s fifth season include, amongst others, Helen Baxendale, Kevin Whately, and Mark Gatiss.
The show’s fifth season opens with a feature length episode, titled Gently Northern Soul, which sees the racial unrest that is sweeping the United States reach British shores as Enoch Powell launches his tirade against immigration. But racial harmony can be found at the “all-nighters‟ that take place in 1968, where disillusioned young people, black and white, escape the boredom of factory life to dance the night away to imported soul music. In Newcastle, the haven of equality found at the Carlton Ballroom all-nighter is destroyed when a young black girl, Dolores Kenny, is murdered, leading Gently to uncover a disturbing and racialist undercurrent growing within the local community.
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