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George Gently on TV

George Gently is a BBC TV police procedural set in 1964 Northumberland with Martin Shaw playing Alan Hunter's ex-Scotland Yard Chief Superintendent. Hunter wrote almost fifty Gently novels in the last half of the twentieth century. Indeed, he wrote nothing else. A first two-hour show was broadcast last year adapting Hunter's eighth novel Gently Go Man with wholesale changes: Northumberland replaces Norfolk; Gently gains an assistant and has just lost the wife that he would not marry for another nineteen books. I can understand why television adaptors feel the need to make such changes but they did not enhance the story for me.

Last night a second installment adapted Bomber's Moon, one of the last novels to be written. Although I found it mildly enjoyable I did not warm to any of the characters and I still faintly resent the change of locale. A third episode will be based on Gently Where the Roads Go, which came out soon after Go Man, but I think that I will probably give it a miss.


Yeah, I recorded the two on o'er the last two Sundays with the intent of getting around to watching 'em one day.

I assume that the Alan Hunter in question did not provide spot illos for fanzines in the sensational 'seventies?

I fail to see why TV adaptors change things such as the locale of a series (though in general I see why they change things).

I am left wondering why I have not heard of Hunter before. Sounds like a less prolific John Creasey.

My apologies for the spotty nature of this reply.


I think, dear Tim, that you are absolutely correct in your speculations about Hunter's lack of activity in comics fandom. Presumably, the gritty north east is more sensational than rural East Anglia in the minds of the producers.

September 2015



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