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Lee Ingleby is open to a George Gently spin-off as Bacchus: "It could take an interesting turn"

Inspector George Gently is ending. But is that the end of the story?

It's over. After 10 years, filming has wrapped on Inspector George Gently, with the final series of the Martin Shaw series airing soon on BBC One.

Joining Shaw for the final outing will be, of course, Lee Ingleby - who play's Gently's faithful sidekick DI John Bacchus.

"It was sad, in many ways," Ingleby told Digital Spy of shooting the final two feature-length episodes. "Even though we've been doing it for 10 years, we only ever did 20 episodes - which sounds like a lot, but over 10 years, I suppose it isn't.

"Sometimes we'd only do two episodes a year, other times we'd do four episodes a year. But it's always been fun - that's why both Martin Shaw and I carried on with it, because it was such a lovely piece to do.

"Things have to end - they can't go on and on. Although some do! But no, I think collectively as a company, and amongst ourselves, we just thought it'd be nice to finish it and to wrap it and to have a conclusion, so that's what we're going for."

But is this really the end of the story? Ingleby – currently starring in BBC One's Line of Duty – told us that he's open to going down the Inspector Morse / Lewis route and fronting a Bacchus spin-off.

 "Who knows? It's never down to me - I'm just the actor! But you never know, there's always possibilities.

"It could take an interesting turn, of course, 'cause I think the writer Peter Flannery would be able to come up with something wonderful."

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