The latest episode of Inspector George Gently proved to be bittersweet for viewers, who said they are “raging” that it is coming to an end.
The BBC police drama starring Martin Shaw is being wrapped up after 10 years.
The penultimate instalment, entitled Gently Liberated, saw the inspector investigating an old case of a woman convicted of her husband’s murder.
It went down a storm with viewers on social media who declared the series to be “the real deal”.
Wow! Some outstanding acting in #InspectorGeorgeGently tonight! Fantastic!— Karen E Coles 🕷 (@Kazzywrites) May 21, 2017
I LOVE #InspectorGeorgeGently so much I am "obsessed" !!!! Why must all things good and great come to an end?! 😥— ArCr 🗳️👩🏫🎨🌍 📖 (@pavalover) May 20, 2017
Many were upset to think Gently’s days are numbered.
Superb episode of #InspectorGeorgeGently tonight. My absolute favourite detective drama. Raging the last episode is on later in the year.— Helen Carrick (@CarrickHelen) May 21, 2017
The announcement that the final episode will not air until later this year also triggered some upset online.
The series, created by Peter Flannery and based on the Alan Hunter novels, also stars Lee Ingleby as John Bacchus and Lisa McGrillis as Rachel Coles.
It has followed the trio of investigators on varied cases around Durham and the North East during the 1960s.