Its 1970 and we return to Northumberland for Gently's last cases in this final series. It's the start of a new decade and Edward Heath has just won a narrow victory for the Conservatives at the General Election on a platform of peace and prosperity by taking the UK into Europe. There's also radical change for women, political paranoia in the Cold War and industrial unrest in the air. Martin Shaw stars in the title role and Lee Ingleby and Lisa McGrillis return as his sidekicks Detective Inspector Bacchus and Detective Sergeant Rachel Coles.
1. Gently Liberated When a body found in a chemical waste tank is identified as the victim, and late husband, of a convicted killer, DCI Gently controversially decides to re-investigate the eight year-old case. But Dl Bacchus is vehemently opposed to his mentor's decision, not least because he was on the original investigation. Will they be able to heal the widening rift between them before Gently's imminent retirement?
2. Gently and the New Age Gently is about to retire when he is approached by a covert police unit with one last tantalising offer. The cold case of a young girl murdered four years ago in Washington, County Durham, finds Gently tracking a charismatic politician. When the investigation leads to a murky web of union protest and political intrigue, will Gently do the unthinkable and bend the course of justice?