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I have a questiion...

has anyone ever seen a show called George Gently? I think it's BBC and it stars Martin Shaw from The Professionals. I just wondered if it's any good. There are seven seasons on Netflix and I was thinking about starting to watch them. I've never seen The Professionals, so I'm not familiar with this guy at all. The storyline sounded good. Anyone?

Hugs, Patt

Edited Sunday night: Well, I started watching Pros on You Tube and found out it has terrible sound and I'm so hard of hearing that there is no way I could listen to it withouot all the background noise being louder, too. I'm bummed, but thus is life. Being hard of hearing sucks sometimes. *sigh*


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Feb. 1st, 2015 03:54 am (UTC)
Although I was always a Bodie (Lewis Collins) girl myself, anything with Martin Shaw is bound to be good. I really loved his Judge John Deed series too. I haven't seen George Gently but if Martin's involved it would be quality TV.
Feb. 1st, 2015 03:56 am (UTC)
I might try one episode out tonight and see if I like it. :)
Feb. 1st, 2015 03:57 am (UTC)
I was just going to do the same thing LOL
Feb. 1st, 2015 03:59 am (UTC)
The worst that could happen is we don't care for it. :) I really like the show on BBC called Luther. I think there are five seasons of that. But, I have to be in the mood to watch them. They're very serious.
Feb. 1st, 2015 04:01 am (UTC)
I couldn't get into Luther at all. I used to love A Touch Of Frost. The Sweeney was great too and of course The Professionals.
Feb. 1st, 2015 08:49 am (UTC)
First of all, Patt, you REALLY should watch Pros, it's great! I'll send you some episode recs!

GG is a really nice series. It's set in the 60s in the north of England and MS plays a London copper stranded there - can't remember why. He has a charming but gawmless and sometimes quite annoying sidekick played by the lovely Lee Ingleby. There is real chemistry between the two leads. The stories tend to seem quite slow moving - I'm trying to avoid using the word "gently"! - but it's more that they are slow-burners, and they usually rather dark in tone. Generally (there are always off ones in any series)it's a good, solid piece of entertainment with good performances and a feel for the period and lots of topical stuff of the time included. And way more realistic than JJD, where the character is just BONKERS! :))
Feb. 1st, 2015 08:58 am (UTC)
Let me ask you some things about Pros. Is it a cop show, because thenn I might be interested. If it's a spy show, then I'm not so interested. I'm not too big on spy things and I sort of got the idea that they were like that. If it's just a cop show, then I'm game to watch a few episodes and see if I like them. I wonder if Pros is on Netflilx.
Feb. 1st, 2015 09:12 am (UTC)
Pros is cops - but they are "special" cops - an "elite" organisation specially formed to target terrorism and major crime... and basically interesting stuff for our heroes to get involved in. There's a great relationship between the two main characters - which has of course generated mountains of slash since the 70s - and a great boss in George Cowley (Mr Hudson from the original Upstairs Downstairs!) and continues to inspire both gen and slash writers to this day.
Bodie and Doyle are the prerequisite chalk and cheese pairing - so loads of fireworks and great banter. Bodie is a former mercenary and ex-SAS, Doyle is an ex-Met copper. Both have loads of girlfriends (pretty much babes of the week) and loads of shadowy people from their pasts who turn up to create havoc, as well as evil but believable criminals. There's H/C, angst, and jeopardy galore, along with loads of jokes and car chases and gun-fights. It's fab stuff!
Off the top of my head, and not sticking to a timeline here, I would say start with:

Blind Run
The Purging of CI5
The Ojuka Situation
Man Without a Past
Discovered in a Graveyard

But they are all (with a couple of weird exceptions) hugely enjoyable!
Feb. 1st, 2015 09:17 am (UTC)
They don't have them on Amazon Prime or Netflix. Where do you watch them?
Feb. 1st, 2015 09:21 am (UTC)
I have the DVDs. If you find like the show - when you watch on YT - I suggest if you want DVDs you wait for the rest to come out in their revamped form. They just rereleased the first season and the quality is SUPERB! (also Blu-ray, but we don't have that at home)
Feb. 1st, 2015 09:24 am (UTC)
Well, here's hoping I like it. I like Forever, I like Almost Human, Person of Interest, Major Crimes, Blacklist, Criminal Minds and Mentalist. So, it's not like it has to have Jim and Blair in it to make me happy. LOL
Feb. 1st, 2015 09:09 am (UTC)
Where can you watch this show? It's not on Netflix. I'm bummed. I would sort of like to see what it's about.
Feb. 1st, 2015 09:18 am (UTC)
Patt - there are plenty of episodes uploaded in full to You Tube. Here is "Purging of CI5" - the sidebar will then show you more to choose!


Feb. 1st, 2015 09:20 am (UTC)
Thank you, Ann. :) I'm too tired tonight, but tomorrow, I'll check it out after the game.
Feb. 1st, 2015 09:34 am (UTC)
Here is Blind Run - have a go at that first, maybe. This YT vid has Spanish subtitles but it doesn't distract!


BTW the way to find the episodes is to keep scrolling down the sidebar to find one that's around 50 minutes in length - so a full episode. Once you have scrolled down and not found one you are looking for, click on any of the episodes shown, and the new side bar will tend to have additional videos on it. Eventually you will find the eps I've suggested! It took me quite a lot of scrolling and clicking to find Blind Run! Let me know if you need any other pointers!

Feb. 1st, 2015 01:43 pm (UTC)

George Gently is fab - it's slow-ish, but incredibly authentic to the 1950's 1960's in the UK. If you enjoy Lewis, you'll enjoy GG.

And I second the pimping of you into Pros! You want to watch Martin Shaw's bottom in Blind Run, and forget dodgy scripts, plot holes and any clue as to what's going on! Would I lie to you?

Feb. 1st, 2015 08:36 pm (UTC)
I plan on checking them out tonight after the game. :) Thanks for the heads up.
Feb. 1st, 2015 03:28 pm (UTC)
I like George Gently. It's set in the 60s, so there are several shows about prejudice and civil rights violations. George's younger partner is typical of the time, very conservative and biased. Working with George opens his eyes a bit, so he gets more liberal as he progresses through the cases.

I've watched all five of the series and it gets better as you go along. It's very British, slow, but thorough in character development. Martin Shaw is fab. I think if you like shows like Inspector Morse, Endeavour, or Lewis, you'll probably like George Gently. If you like things that go at a faster pace, probably not.

I liked The Professionals, too, but for very different reasons. It's very slashy. Bodie and Doyle are partners in an elite squad called CI5. They stop terrorist plots or gangsters, but they're more like cops than spies. I don't like spy shows, either. They're very good, but on a totally superficial level, they're incredibly slashy and handsome in a very British way. There's a lot of action and they're sort of like Starksy and Hutch the English way. There's a TON of fanfic, too. I read that before I watched, so I was already inclined toward seeing them in slashy terms.
Feb. 1st, 2015 08:39 pm (UTC)
I'm going to check them out on YouTube tonight. I'll give them a look-see. I'm sort of hoping I"ll like the show and the guys. I used to love Startsky and Hutch. So, this might be something I'd like. And thanks for the info about GG.
Feb. 2nd, 2015 02:00 am (UTC)
I got the George Gently DVDs from my local library and really enjoyed them.

Feb. 2nd, 2015 04:55 am (UTC)
I have Netflix and all five seasons are on there. I'll have to check them out.
Feb. 2nd, 2015 01:47 pm (UTC)
I've thought about getting netflix but haven't. Is is worth it?
Feb. 2nd, 2015 07:50 pm (UTC)
I think it's 8.50 a month. I can't remember, but they have all sorts of seasons on there. Especially BBC ones. And the new Longmire will be on it, too. I really enjoy it for watching an older film now and then. And it changes every month or so for the movies, so if it's not there one month, it might be the next. I use it all the time. You can get a month free and check it out and if you don't care for it, then you can cancel. Nothing lost that way.
Feb. 2nd, 2015 08:11 pm (UTC)
Good to know. Thanks.
Feb. 2nd, 2015 12:49 am (UTC)
Chiming in late on this, but also wanted to add my opinion that Pros is awesome. Bodie and Doyle were a great team. I was always a Doyle-girl and still love Martin Shaw to this day. Definitely check out George Gently. Martin just keeps getting better with age. :-)
Feb. 2nd, 2015 04:54 am (UTC)
Thanks, I will have to have a look see. :)
Feb. 2nd, 2015 09:49 pm (UTC)
George Gently is definitely worth a watch.

As has already been mentioned, it is not a fast-paced show but the plots and acting are first rate and I highly recommend the series.

I was a Pros fan way back and still enjoy watching an episode now and again so I hope you have the opportunity to find copies of the series to watch elsewhere rather than via You Tube.
Feb. 2nd, 2015 10:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'm going to check out GG. :)
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