Matt Baker and Alex Jones are joined by actor Martin Shaw, who talks about the new series of Inspector George Gently. John Sergeant continues his stunning Scottish journey.
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Hello. Welcome to The One Show. Many detectives swear by the
softly-softly approach. For one copper, gently gently works every
time. Welcome to Martin Shaw. Good to see you. Nice to have you
back. You have played a policeman and a judge of course, Judge John
Deed. What do you make then of this real-life judge in the north east
saying that it takes courage to be a burglar? There has been an awful
lot of dreary journalise around this. No-one knows what the judge
said. A judge's judgment takes a long time to write and consider. We
have no idea whether he was quoting a defence barrister. We don't know
what the context was. David Cameron said the same. David Cameron is the
Prime Minister and rightly he has to condemn the sound bite, but asen
intelligent man he must know in his mind there would have been a lot
more said than that. We can't assume that a judge who spent half
a lifetime learning the law and how to punish or administer
minuteishment to people, we have to assume he knows what he is doing.
We are sure the judge will have his chance to put his side of the story
across. Tonight, we want to add to Inspector George Gently's team. So
if you or somebody close to you was in the force, anywhere in the UK,
back in the '60s, then please do send us a picture and we will bring
some of you out of retirement later on. You are looking forward to that.
I shall long for it. Selling stolen property is a crime.
Unless it is the police that are doing the selling.
Top of the range DVD players, a set of golf clubs, expensive watches
and seen this off-road motorbike, all available at bargain prices
that seem almost a steal. This may look like every other auction but
it's not. The items being sold here have a shady history.
These are all items that have been seized by the police during his
investigations. Some of them will have sentimental value. Others less
so. These auction owners visit police stations of West Yorkshire
picking up goods that have been stolen from homes and businesses
across the county. Police say their efforts to track down owners don't
always work and as storage space is limited, the only option is to sell
them at auction. This is one of our typical stores What kind of stuff
do you have in here? Power tools, pedal cycles. Electrical goods, TVs,
video players, things people can move on quickly and easily.
stuff you you can take to auction. Yes. What is it that the police can
do and are doing to get that back to its rightful owner. When it is
brought in we search the computer system. Try and reunite it that way.
The chances of giving that back to the people who own it? Very, very
slim. But actually, there's a very simple way of helping to get your
stolen goods back. We have ultraviolet pens. Take your
electrical goods, you put your house postcode on there and house
number. So you can see there's nothing that stands out there. Put
whatever you want on there and you will see it shows up under
ultraviolet light. How many people do this? Not many do it. If the
police can't reunite you with your property, it will be sold on.
Across the UK a freedom of information request for The One
Show found over three years more than 1.5 million pounds has been
raised from sales like these. That keeps auction houses like this
busling with business. Do you have any bad feeling about selling
things that were taken in a burglary from someone's home?
don't let it bother me. It doesn't enter into my mind. Not at all.
It's come from the police and that is how I see it. Has anyone ever
said, hold on that belongs to me? Nobody. Because once the police
give us it, it is our responsibility to get rid of it.
is good news for Bargain Hunters. What are you looking for? Two or
three bikes that I come and have a look at. You can get a bike for �10
and then it is worth over �100. Or if it just needs a brake, you buy
it and put it on. Not everyone is here to make a profit. 272-year-old
John buys buys cheap tools which he gives to a charity that sends them
on to after ka. I can -- Africa. I am looking for hand tools today. I
give them to my favourite charity. If I gave this charity �10 notes,
that is all they would get. But if I give them these, it is far more
valuable to the charity. Are you planning on bidding for this?
I hit the floor to see how the How did you get on? Two bikes.
that a good result? It's more than I normally get. How much money did
you spend? �38. I went to �38. set of golf clubs. Cuddly toy.
bought a dinlingy box. -- digibox. Have you any mixed feelings about
making money from what was at some point was someone's property.
are the police suppose today do. They can't keep hold of these
things forever. It wouldn't worry me if it's been someone else's. As
long as it's been dealt with properly by the police. Any money
the police raise from auctions has to be donate today charitable
causes. At least a little good can come from your misfortune.
As somebody who has been burgled I wouldn't feel comfortable at all
buying those goods. Somebody who knows about this is BBC reporter
Tom Symonds who found himself on the other end of crime. This guy
appeared in front of me, mask, hood, knife and I saw the knife very soon.
He took my wal et, my phone and it was a hell of a shock. But I handed
everything over. The police came up, looked for him and didn't find him.
They said have you set up the tracking device on your phone and I
had. They had this computer and they are looking at it for a bit
and my phone popped up on this housing estate three or four miles
away. We went down from, full speed. Two guys stood there and they ran
off in different directions and they did catch the guy who had
taken my phone and he dropped it in a bush and they called the phone to
find it. A lesson learnt, always enable
these tracking devices. If you haven't got it, then download the
app if you can do that. What other advice have the police given us
about protecting property? The one thing I learned that night, don't
wander around a dark dark street using an expensive mobile phone,
that might cost �300. This guy followed me from the bus stop. The
other thing is that you really can do a lot to protect yourself. You
can register all your goods, anything that is expensive can be
registered in advance, so if it is stolen it can be tracked on the
police database. There is a website called Immobilise and you can
register your valuables there. a crime reporter, it must have been
extraordinary extraordinary to go through that?. I got to see what
was like being a victim on the other side of the story, especially
the court process, it was very interesting. The person who mugged
me only pleaded guilty when I turned up at court to give evidence
against him. He wouldn't have pleaded guilty if I hadn't been
there. That is another important thing, stand up and say what
happened. Did you get your wallet back?. Yes, I got the phone back. I
didn't see the wallet again. What do you think, would you be
comfortable buying from these police auctions? I don't think I
would. That old hippie thing about the vibes, but also somebody else's
property that's been taken from them, I think it would have the
wrong feel about it. When you think about antiques, you don't know
their past. That is true, it is a thought. I don't think I would be
happy with one of those. It is good to see the money goes to good
causes. Tom would be there in a flash? I am out of pocket now, so
yes, I need to get something back. All this week John Sergeant has
been finding his sea legs on some of Scotland's most stunning lochs.
Tonight he journeys from Little In the far north-west, the wild
rugged mountains of wester Ross frame some of the most beautiful
Scottish sea lochs. I am sailing the spirit of June, to
one of the most remote and unusual communities in Britain. On the
shore of Little Loch Broom. I am going to see how people live in the
small village here and we are going by boat because that is the only
way the normal traveller can get there. It is one of just two
villages on mainland Britain which are only accessed by boat. Cathy
has lived here for most of her adult life. I came here for the
winter and then I thought I will move on in the spring and that was
32 years ago. You just think it is wonderful Not always, no, but it is
home. Love it or hate it, I couldn't think of living anywhere
else. It isn't just off the beaten track, it is off the electricity
grid. The res gents -- residents generate their own power. It is
hard here to keep a secret. Is that good or bad? Good. I think so.
means that everyone knows your business. Can't sneeze without
somebody two miles away saying you have a cold. Everything going on or
off does so across the loch, which means the boat taxi a vital link.
This is the Friday afternoon trip across the loch to pick up the
school kids. What life is it for the kids? It is great to run around
after school, you know you are going to be safe, you don't have to
worry about cars. For primary school age children it is an
excellent place to grow up. It is not paradise. It is hard work. You
are an hour-and-a-half from your car to your front door. Everything
has to come on to the boat and across the loch. If you have
forgotten something, disaster. Bill's daughter loves coming home.
What do you like about living here? It is unique. It is a big family
really. There must be times when you just think it is a bit boring.
It can get very boring. community has to accept that it's
teenagers want to fly the nest. Do you think you will leave here when
you grow up? Probably. That is probably just because I want to see
the world and experience different things. I could come back. I am
leaving this loch for the open waters of the North Atlantic. With
20 knots of winds, you need your wits about your. Why do I like
sailing? You are in a different world, you have to think about so
many things, think about, have you enough water under you, what about
the sails, what about the wind. Are you going in the right direction.
All that makes you think about these things and not about the
problems at home or about traffic or about work. That's why although
Loch Ewe, where a belt of tall pines conceals a surprisingly
xrotic landscape. The warm waters of the Gulf Stream keep conditions
mild enough for unusual plants from all over the world. Kevin is taking
me to see something quite extraordinary. These pines were
were known only through fossils and were thought to have become extinct
two million years ago until some were found in an isolated
Australian ravine. These specimens were donated here in 2007. It is
the equivalent of find ago dinosaur alive. They are prehistoric looking.
We are so lucky to have a group of nine growing this far north. They
really look unusual. Loch Ewe, unusual gardens, unusual
trees, and an unusually beautiful place.
A part of the country you know very, very well. Off bolt hole up there.
I have, in gallow way. I was on a loch just last weekend. I keep a
canoe in the barn and so we were out on the loch giving it that.
it important for you to have that remoteness? It is vital. There's no
internet, scarcely any mobile phone signal. The land line is only
intermittent. That's Matt's dream. I try and create that at home. You
are back with a brand new series of Inspector George Gently. These
detective dramas on a Sunday night tend to be nice cosy viewing but
yours tackles darker grittier issues, like racism and class. Why
do you think it took that route? Because that is what police work is
about. You can't really romanticise racism or child kidnapping. I think
police work does involve darkness. You have this interesting paradox,
certainly for me as an actor, as a man who is living a double life.
He's got his internal life of grief and being alone and missing his
wife, but at the same time having to be a leader and somebody who
enforces the law. There's so much going on, not only the social
history but with Sergeant Bacchus as well in his 30s, you have older
viewers seeing things from your perspective and younger ones seeing
it from his. It is cleverly putting together. It is. It is a joy to do.
It's going to work with your mates. Lee is an absolute delight. From
day one we got on so well together. It helps with the chemistry of the
show and helps when we ad lib and make things up as we go along. Is
there quite a bit of that? There is a little bit. There was one last
week when he got the car wrong, and he said something and we just keep
it in. It adds realism to it. is the pair of you in episode four
when, shock horror, Gently is facing corruption charges.
There's no evidence. Allegations had been made at the time of the
trial had been re-examined. Which ones? That you had a corrupt
relationship with him. That you framed him to cover your own crimes.
Well I would like to see the evidence for that because there
isn't any. There is, sir. They have uncovered bank accounts in your
name with regular payments all from rat began. -- Rattigan.
We were watching Sunday night's episode earlier in the office and
we were both saying how much attention to detail there is as far
as keeping it authentic to the '60s. You are hands on. You are very
fussy. Very fussy. I I I am one of the few people in the series who
was alive at the time. We have got one of the finest designers in the
world, Morris Cane, whose attention to detail is spectacular. He will
create a complete world that you won't necessarily see. On the first
day, the murdered wife was called Isabella and on the first day I got
into my office, picked up a period Ronson lighter and engraved on it,
it says to George love always Isabella. Nobody is going to see
that except me, but it means so much to you as an actor, that that
is there. It is always there in my pocket or on my disc. Nobody will
know that, they will now, but that is the kind of designer that we've
got. That is why it looks so authentic. You can see Martin in
Inspector George Gently this Sunday night on BBC One at 8.30. If a
stranger offered you a bundle of cash, would you take it and run or
refuse, fearing you were being scammed?
Well it appears that one anonymous benefactor is genuinely giving
money to random people that he has only just met.
As the saying goes there's no such thing as a free lunch, even if you
find a tenner in an old pair of jeans that's not really luck,
because it was yours in the first place. One man is busy reinventing
the whole notion of luck. Through his scheme, we are lucky, this
anonymous benefactor is giving away hundreds of thousands of pounds of
his own money. Very simply I select people I come across, that I bump
into or I find out about and I approach them and give them �1,000.
And ask them to do something good with that money. How do you decide
who to give the money to? It is always the result of some positive
encounter, whether it is a smile on the tube train or something amazing
someone has done or just someone being nice and doing a good deed.
The thing is about me not choosing where the money goes, other people
choose. It is as simple as that. Yes. There have been over 100
recipients so far, from twitter treasure hunters to random
encounters. I had been following we are lucky on twitter all day. Once
I told him about my leaving my job the day before to work on projects
in Africa, he decide today give me one of the envelopes. I knew it was
would be massive boost for the charity if I got the money. That is
why I decided to go. Mr Lucky has given other people the chance to
hand out invitation toss claim the money, including cabbie Paul.
out on my normal day and hadn't been out long and a woman hailed me
down and I asked her if this was where she worked and she said no
this is where my daughter goes to school but I work for a charity.
She was really over the moon with it. Sadly, the lady didn't come
forward. A bit of a shame. What was your inspiration for this?
father who never had any money but was incredibly active in our
community, he spent a lot of time time giving something back and
putting something into the people around him. I always thought that
was amazing and I aspired to be like that. If you trust people then
people respond. Is it a marketing ploy? No tlrks has been an
incredible interest in what has been put out so far and people seem
to like it. It sets off a positive chain of feeling. Why is it
important to be anonymous? Someone giving out money and saying look at
me is pretty pretty horrible. Someone doing a similar thing
anonymously retains some kind of charm. There are good people left
in the world. If you have been on either end of a ran done act of
kindness, we would like to know about it. Drop us a line and we
will put the best on the show next week.
Speaking from experience, a sewer is not a pleasant place to spend
the afternoon. This is a build up of fat, sanitary items, coming into
the sewerage system. I will never tire of seeing that.
It was so hot in there. Modern sewers are less mucky and Marty
Jopson has been in a cleaner version.
Unthe streets of London, networks of tunnels transport people and
power around the city. But now there is something digging much
deeper. This is the top of the Lee tunnel shaft that plummets 75
metres straight down. It is one of the deepest tunnels ever dug in the
UK. It is an incredible feat of engineering. As I descend into the
tunnel, trim travelling down the equivalent height of a 25 storey
building. Nick is the construction manager. It is a thing of beauty.
like to think so. My wife doesn't agree. The tunnel will be part of a
new super sewer for London. The current system can't cope with the
volume of sewage London produces an average 39 million tonnes of it is
discharged from overflow points into the Thames every year. The Lee
tunnel will capture this overflow and hold it until a treatment
treatment plant has the capacity to deal with it. This is like a
reservoir then. Yes, it prevents the discharge happening. A poo
reservoir. Yes. To hold all the sewage the tunnel needs to be big.
The width of three London buses. It also needs to be deep, to avoid
damaging other tunnels. But getting down so keep has thrown up a
massive problem. They have got to tunnel through very challenging
geology. Behind these walls is a thick player lr fr -- layer of
chalk, which is peppered with great chunks of this. This is flint and
it is one of the hardest rocks known to man. Beneath London is the
same layer of chalk and flint that appears on the south coast. It was
formed more than 65 million years ago under a sea which covered much
of Britain. Inside flint, you often get these funny grey shapes like
this. This is actually the fossil of a sea sponge. It is the
skeletons of sea creatures like these that made the flint. They
contain silica which has a crystaline structure. Over millions
of years this silica has turned Flint Flint scratches steel that
means flint is harder than steel. Imagine what would happen to the
machine that tries to dig through this stuff. How are they finding a
way to tunnel through it? Meet busy Lizzie, named after the Queen, it
is a tunnel boring machine, designed specifically for the Lee
tunnel job. Presumably the head is in that direction somewhere. Yes,
we are about another ten metres further forward than that. It is
quite a long machine. The head of the machine rotates slowly against
the rock face. This is where busy Lizzie gets clever. Here you can
see blue disc built into the wheel. There are 20, custom designed to
grind through the flint. Up close I get a chance to see exactly how
they do it. These are the boys that are doing all the work. How does
that work?. If you pick up the flint and put it up to the edge
here and what happens, this spins round and you have got the thrust
of the machine as well, which is enough to crack that. Busy Lizzie
is making short work of the flint here, moving forward 17 metres a
day. That is 3,000 tonnes of rock every day being removed as part of
London's new super sewer. The Lee tunnel will be completed in
2015, helping prevent millions of tonnes of sewage flowing into the
Thames. Earlier on as Martin is here we
asked for pictures of you in the forces back in 1960. We have been
inundated. This is Danny Grant. He was in the police force for 30
years in Strathclyde as a superintendent. Now lives in Loch
Matt Baker and Alex Jones present the stories that matter from across the country.
Matt and Alex are joined by actor Martin Shaw, who talks about the new series of Inspector George Gently.
We meet the man who is giving away thousands of pounds to strangers in apparently random acts of kindness. We visit the police auction where it is perfectly legal to sell on stolen goods, and John Sergeant continues his stunning journey around some of Scotland's remotest lochs.