The new series of "Inspector George Gently" started last night on the BBC. It's a reasonably good detective but the main attraction, as far as I am concerned, is that it is set in North Tyneside, so Mrs MP and myself can play "Spot the Location" all the way through the programme.

However, the show has made me doubt my own memory. You see, I was seven years old back in 1966, the year in which the current series is set and I thought I had pretty good recall of that period of my life. The thing is that I can't remember life as being that dark back then. I'm sure the sun shone sometimes, it wasn't always raining or overcast. And I'm absolutely positive that it was not the law that we could only use 10 watt light bulbs or that, whatever the size of the room, we were restricted to one light bulb per room. In fact, I recall us not being so obsessed with conserving energy as we are nowadays and happily illuminating our buildings with 100 watt light bulbs or higher. Yet, in "Inspector George Gently" the policemen stumble around their station in almost pitch blackness. They sit at their desks in small pools of dim light and anything could lurk in the shadows and dark corners. Outside the streets are like the blackout during the blitz.

Normally, as this programme is produced by the BBC, I would accept that it is myself who is wrong. However, the BBC have definitely made one huge mistake on this one. I just cannot understand how their researchers could have made such an error. You see, back in 1966, as I thought everyone knew, England was still in black and white but everyone in this series walks around in full technicolour. Standards in my country are definitely slipping.



  1. Gently has always been dark, this one is lighter than usual. It doesn’t detract from its quality though