Inspector George Gently
Why Gently (Martin Shaw) doesn’t throttle his racist, sexist, ageist offsider John Bacchus (Lee Ingleby) shows true restraint on the part of the chief inspector. His patience, over six seasons and 23 episodes dating back to 2011, is remarkable. Then again, Bacchus is a handy reminder of the prejudices that reigned in the 1960s. Yes, Gently With Honour, episode 18 from last year, is a repeat, but get used to them. They’re here until the rating season kicks off again in February. Gently and Bacchus investigate a former soldier who murders a man in the showers of a gay club, then disappears.