Inspector George GentlyGoofs
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Gently and Bacchus only report to one Chief Constable, but in the 1960s, when the series is set, north-east England was covered by several polices forces, Durham County Constabulary, Sunderland Borough Police, Gateshead Borough Police, South Shields Borough Police, Northumberland Constabulary, Newcastle upon Tyne City Police, and Tynemouth Borough Police.
Many early episodes end with a scene of the murderer being executed, however in 1957 the death penalty was abolished except for murders using firearms or explosives, murders of police and prison officers, or multiple murders.
In "Gently With Class" Bachuss refers to "Hooray Henry's from the Bullingdon club " which is an oblique reference to then PM David Cameron, (and colleagues George Osbourne, Boris Johnson).However the term "Hooray Henry" was not in use in the 1960s and a provincial Newcastle policeman would be unlikely to have been aware of an exclusive club for aristocrats at Oxford university.