I've recorded tonight's George Gently which starred regular authoritative figure Martin Shaw. I've mentioned this show on the blog a couple of times.
The BBC has an interview with Martin Shaw about playing George Gently. There are several other links off that page about the filming, cast etc.
I'm not sure which, if any, book the pilot is based on but Alan Hunter did write 46 novels so plenty more to have a go at. The full list is here.
I'd heard some rumours that it was very slow but perhaps anyone who's seen it, would leave a comment on how good it was.