Inspector George Gently returns tonight: Cast, start time and spoilers

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Inspector George Gently returns tonight on BBC One: Here's the cast, start time and spoilers for the last ever series.

After ten years, the last ever series of the police drama begins tonight wit the first of two final episodes.

Inspector George Gently cast

Martin Shaw returns as the titular character DCI George Gently, Lee Ingleby is back as his right hand man Inspector Bacchus, and Lisa McGrillis reprises her role as Detective Sergeant Rachel Coles.

Guest stars across the two new episodes include Anamaria Marinca (’Fury’, ‘Maigret’s Dead Man’), Victoria Bewick (’Call the Midwife’, ‘The Iron Lady’), Richard Harrington (’Poldark’, ‘Hinterland’), Adam Levy (’Before I go to Sleep’) and Steven Robertson (’Trainspotting 2’, ‘Shetland’).

Reflecting on his final appearances as Gently, Shaw said previously: "It's wonderful to be coming back to the show. We're a very happy and close company, and working with such friends is a joy.

"I'm excited at being able to bring the series to a proper finale, a farewell that befits such a popular series."

In tonight's first instalment, Gently Liberated, it's the North East, 1970. On the brink of retirement, DCI Gently and his team investigate a body found in a chemical waste tank.

When Gently discovers the victim’s wife was convicted of the murder eight years ago, he decides to re-open the case - a controversial move. But DI Bacchus opposes Gently’s decision, not least because he worked as a DS on the original investigation - putting mentor and protégé at complete odds.

Is Gently about to expose an appalling miscarriage of justice, or will he sacrifice his reputation and legacy for a convicted murderer? And can Rachel help heal the widening rift between her superiors, whilst navigating being a woman in a professional male world?

Finally, will the team finally prove beyond doubt the identity of the killer?

Inspector George Gently airs at 8:30PM tonight on BBC One.

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