DVD: George Gently (15)

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Martin Shaw has swapped John Deed's judicial robes for the copper's overcoat in this Sixties-set series.

Inspector George Gently is a no-nonsense London detective who has been relocated to Northumberland, where he gruffly fights crime with the help of his sidekick DS Bacchus (Lee Ingleby). Now coming to the end of its second series on BBC1, Gently's original pilot and two further episodes are collected here.

Adapted from Alan Hunter's novels by Peter Flannery, creator of Our Friends in the North, Gently is a quality addition to the detective genre, covering cultural issues that defined the decade. The extras are minimal, however, so if you're unfamiliar with Gently, you could always get a flavour of series two for free on iPlayer.