The newest series of the hit crime drama, George Gently, has been available for streaming in the US since it debuted on Acorn TV three weeks ago. However, if your preferred or only means of watching it is broadcast television, you’ve been out of luck… but not for much longer…
Starting this April, PBS affiliates and other local public television stations will be bringing the latest series’ four feature-length episodes — based on stories in Alan Hunter’s series of George Gently novels — to viewers in select markets.
Series 6 picks up six months after the humdinger of a cliffhanger in the Series 5 finale, when DCI George Gently (Martin Shaw, Judge John Deed, The Professionals) and DS John Bacchus (Lee Ingleby, White Heat, Place of Execution) nearly died in the shootings at Durham Castle. Both are worse for wear, but their ways of moving forward are as different as their investigation techniques: Gently has returned to work whereas Bacchus has resigned — the latter an outer manifestation of an inner confidence now shattered.
But Bacchus’ detective days aren’t over yet. While he serves out his notice, he and Gently investigate a death in custody in “Gently Between the Lines.”
As the series progresses, Gently and Bacchus delve into cases involving the discovery of a young woman’s dead body near a holiday camp in “Blue for Bluebird,” an ex-soldier murdering a man in a Turkish bath in “Gently with Honor,” and the suspicious death of a coal miner in “Gently Going Under.”
Simon Hubbard (The Tudors) returns to the series as PC Taylor, and Lisa McGrillis (Hebburn) joins the cast as WPC Rachel Coles.
Guest stars in Series 6 include several actors that should be familiar to British TV fans, including Steve Evets (Rev.), Robert Pugh (Game of Thrones), Andrea Lowe (DCI Banks), Lee Boardman (Rome), Pip Torrens (Fleming), Jemma Redgrave (Frankie), Lucy Cohu (Ripper Street), and Jack Deam (Shameless).
The local public television stations listed below are confirmed for airing George Gently: Series 6. Although the program is available starting 1 April 2014, not all of the stations will debut it on that date, so check your local listings or contact the station serving your area for details. (Links to their websites are provided below.) Also check back here over the coming weeks for updates about additional stations picking up the series.