Inspector Morse and Lewis actor Kevin Whately will guest star in BBC One‘s drama Inspector George Gently.

The news that Whately will appear in the forthcoming new series of the detective drama comes as something of a surprise as Lewis and Inspector George Gently could be considered rivals. The Sunday evening drama’s air on rival channels at the very least and certainly appeal to similar audiences.

Whately’s appearance in George Gently was revealed along with several other guest-stars for the new season of the drama. Martin Shaw and Lee Ingleby will once again return for the fifth season and Whately will appear in the final episode. Other guest stars for the new series include Diana Quick, Ralph Brown, Nigel Lindsay and Morgan Watkins.

Filming on the new series is currently talking place in Durham and will be shown on BBC One later this year.

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