Inspector George Gently: Gently With Class

8:30pm Sunday 2 September on BBC ONE

It’s 1968 and the social landscape of the western world is being shaken to its core. In Paris, riots rage as workers and students take to the streets. In the US thousands rally against the Vietnam War, and in England antipathy for the upper class’s outmoded social mores and abuse of privilege is growing by the day.

The indefatigable Chief Inspector George Gently (Martin Shaw) and his sidekick, John Bacchus (Lee Ingleby) experience the inflated authority of their ‘social betters’ firsthand when a beautiful young girl called Ellen Mallam (Ebony Buckle) is found dead in the passenger seat of an upturned car registered to local aristocrats the Blackstone family.

When it becomes clear that the driver of the car left Ellen to drown in the river in which the car was submerged, Gently and Bacchus must untangle a web of secrets to get to the truth.

Free-spirited Ellen represented a challenge to the Establishment, beguiling the sensitive heir-apparent James Blackstone with promises of a beautiful world outside his gilded cage. But James’ mother, Alethea (Geraldine Somerville) has planned her son’s future from the moment he was born and refuses to be defeated. Only her son’s death can stop her in her tracks.

Bacchus is convinced they are on the brink of a brave new world in which the aristocracy’s days are numbered. But as the investigation takes an astonishing turn, Gently is unsurprised to find the hegemony of the ruling class is as unshaken and as impenetrable as ever.

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