In­spec­tor Ge­orge Gen­tly 8.30pm, BBC One

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A MO­MENT of silent tribute, please, as tonight’s fea­ture-length in­ves­ti­ga­tion is the last ever episode of the se­ries, with Martin Shaw as the prin­ci­pled, stolid de­tec­tive serv­ing out the twi­light of his ca­reer in North­ern Eng­land, fol­low­ing the mur­der of his wife in Lon­don. Since 2007, these films have fol­lowed him and his younger part­ner, John Bac­chus (the splen­did Lee In­gleby), as the 1960s turned into the grim early 1970s, and while the se­ries has never quite set the world on fire, it’s never quite got its due, ei­ther. Depend­ably in­volv­ing, at­mo­spher­i­cally filmed, if they dubbed them into Swedish, stuck on English sub­ti­tles, then started re­peat­ing them on BBC Four, they’d be much more chat­tered about. As tonight’s fi­nal case be­gins, Gen­tly is back in Lon­don, giv­ing ev­i­dence against for­mer col­leagues in a po­lice cor­rup­tion trial, where he gets drawn into ex­am­in­ing the un­solved mur­der of a young sec­re­tary. Mean­while, in New­cas­tle, Bac­chus is in­ves­ti­gat­ing a killing at a picket line. As po­lit­i­cal un­rest churns around them, the cases be­gin to move to­gether.

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