Ge­orge goes to war

In­spec­tor Gen­tly faces two of his big­gest ca­reer chal­lenges in sea­son 7.

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Bri­tish crime show In­spec­tor Ge­orge Gen­tly (2007- cur­rent) started the sleuthing ac­tion in 1964. Seven sea­sons later, Chief In­spec­tor Gen­tly (Martin Shaw) is fac­ing his big­gest ca­reer test yet in 1969: his fail­ing health and col­leagues who’re stand­ing in his way as he in­ves­ti­gates his new case. “The writ­ers thought that Ge­orge needed an­other chal­lenge this sea­son, so we’re ex­plor­ing mul­ti­ple sclero­sis,” says series lead Martin. “It’s a [ner­vous sys­tem] dis­ease that comes and goes but is present in the whole of the new four-part series.”

FIGHT­ING BACK

The four episodes are 90 min­utes each and Martin adds that “I did a lot of re­search to play this con­di­tion – not for the drama, but out of re­spect for view­ers and peo­ple who suf­fer

with it. Peo­ple nowa­days use cannabis as an ef­fec­tive treat­ment, but that isn’t an op­tion for Ge­orge in 1969!” Some­thing else that’s not an op­tion in episode 1 is get­ting help from his col­leagues. In­spec­tor Gen­tly is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the rape of a sex worker but the other cop­pers think that he’s “gone nuts” be­cause a pros­ti­tute can’t be raped – she’s sell­ing sex af­ter all. This in­cor­rect mind­set doesn’t sit well with Ge­orge and that kick­starts his mis­sion to change the way the po­lice force han­dle rape cases.

TWO’S COM­PANY

At least Ge­orge can count on his two faith­ful friends on the force as the episodes un­fold. Sergeant Rachel

Coles (Lisa McGril­lis) re­lives tragic mem­o­ries in episode 2 (21 April) when they in­ves­ti­gate an ap­par­ent sui­cide of a doc­tor, while

Ge­orge’s right-hand De­tec­tive In­spec­tor John Bac­chus (Lee In­gleby) is still jump­ing around in his lep­rechaun- green suite. “I love work­ing on the show but could John please get a makeover?”

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Bac­chus (left) will be help­ing In­spec­tor Gen­tly solve more crimes in the ’60s.

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