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DCI Banks [DVD]

Stephen Tompkinson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Stephen Tompkinson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005GPYKFK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,238 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Stephen Tompkinson (Wild at Heart, Grafters) leads the cast as detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks, based on the hugely successful novels from award-winning international crime writer Peter Robinson. Tompkinson stars in the TV adaptation of three Inspector Banks novels: Playing with Fire, Friend of the Devil and Cold is the Grave.

In Playing with Fire two bodies are found after a fire on some narrow boats and Banks and DS Annie Cabbot find themselves on the trail of an arsonist who has killed two people. In Friend of the Devil a young student is attacked in the middle of the city and in another part of Yorkshire a woman has her throat cut, but the two different murders have disturbing similarities.

Cold is the Grave is a case terrifyingly close to home as Banks is asked by his boss, Superintendant Gerry Rydell, to find his missing teenage daughter…

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Stephen Tompkinson (Wild at Heart, Grafters) leads the cast as detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks, based on the hugely successful novels from award-winning international crime writer Peter Robinson. Tompkinson stars in the TV adaptation of three Inspector Banks novels: Playing with Fire, Friend of the Devil and Cold is the Grave. In Playing with Fire two bodies are found after a fire on some narrow boats and Banks and DS Annie Cabbot find themselves on the trail of an arsonist who has killed two people. In Friend of the Devil a young student is attacked in the middle of the city and in another part of Yorkshire a woman has her throat cut, but the two different murders have disturbing similarities. Cold is the Grave is a case terrifyingly close to home as Banks is asked by his boss, Superintendant Gerry Rydell, to find his missing teenage daughter... ...DCI Banks (Season 2) - 2-DVD Set ( DCI Banks - Season Two )


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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this series 17 Nov 2011
By Miss S. Hocking TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I'm a big fan of crime dramas and always have higher hopes for British ones. I really enjoyed D.C.I Banks particularly because the stories were really gripping and I always love a good 'who dunnit?' mystery which most of the episodes are. The series follows D.C.I Alan Banks and the Serious Crimes Unit and a series of murder mysteries which the force are called to. Each double episode (there were three stories so six episodes) has a self contained plot but the character's own subplot stories continue throughout the whole series. The very first double episode isn't quite as good as the second and third (my main reason for 4 stars) but it's still really great so push past if you find it a bit slow. The storylines are actually really clever especially 'Friend of the Devil' and 'Cold is the Grave' and got quite creeped out by the latter as it's so well written.

UPDATE!! - As I purchased this DVD but reviewed it based on watching when it was broadcast on TV, I've only just noticed a lovely surprise. I didn't know before this series, there was a double episode called 'Aftermath' that was broadcast in 2009/10 and this is included in the box set so an extra double episode for you - which was actually very good also!

D.C.I Banks himself takes a while to become likeable but I really grew to like him as the series progressed, and that's the same for the other characters but as they are more revealed you grow to like the whole team.

The acting is pretty good too, not really amazing but enough to keep you interested. Overall, a good crime drama that keeps you guessing with really original story lines. I'm hoping for another series.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 3 Dec 2011
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I have given this series five stars, because it deserves five stars. I love police dramas and this series is up there with Waking the dead, Silent witness and anything by val mcdermid and a lot of other great British serials.
Stephen Tomkinson is just a natural as DCI Banks. ITV could not have chosen any better. He just moulds into the role and there is nothing pretencious about the guy which makes him so believable. The cases are hard and at times not easy to watch as we see the worst in human beings. This is not done for show or ratings, but merely to show how evil people can get. Dci Banks comes across as your average copper and he is far from that. There is a lot more to him than meets the eye and his character developes with the series.

Hopefully ITV will continue this great series as it has tremendous potential. With so much rubbish on tv today this series was a breath of fresh air and i recommend it most highly. So put it in your Christmas stocking!

Not for the faint of heart!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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i missed this when it was on TV and had been ooooh and aaaaaaaahing about whether to buy it or not, but after reading reviews on here, i took a chance and thank god i did. the pilot two parter aftermath started off well, did kinda lose it at some points (not in a bad way) still enjoyable. then the Playing with fire, which was brilliantly enjoyable. kept you guessing.
Friend of The devil another fantastic episode which has a link with the pilot episode (aftermath)
then the final one Cold is the grave which in my opinion is the best one, and i am hoping for a second series. the acting, directing is brilliant and well adapted from Peter Robinson's DCI Bank novel series. i thought this type of show was dying, after wire in the blood had finished and their hasnt really been any really absorbing detective dramas in awhile. Stephen Tompkinson who i know from BBC's old show In Deep. plays DCI Banks well, though a bit emotionless at times. i havent read any of the novels so i dont know if it keeps to the books or not. so again i am happy that this exists. as waking the dead, wire in the blood, messiah, have all but faded out. with most channels more concerned with ratings and the pointless reality shows yada yada yada... am glad to have taken a chance on this show. great drama from ITV... all we need now is more. i would like to see some adaptations of Peter James Roy Grace novels. but hey have to wait and see...... hope this review is helpful, sorry havent done any of the plots to the stories. im just lazy :)
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing 3 Mar 2012
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I have read and enjoyed most of the books by Peter Robinson but these adaptations leave a fair bit to be desired! I don't understand why the books haven't been filmed in chronological order so that the personalities of the characters can be developed though the series. Annie Cabot is especially poorly portrayed with none of the depth of relationship she and Banks have. Nor is Banks given any persona outside the police force so we learn virtually nothing of his children, relationship with his ex-wife, love of music etc making him appear rather shallow. This is a great shame as the books should have made excellent television and I've been wondering why they hadn't been filmed before.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed the first 2 episodes.... 29 Feb 2012
By Roo B
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... and expect to enjoy the rest! A interesting new detective, played very sympathetically by Stephen Tomlinson.Hope there will be more.....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific police procedural 16 Jan 2012
By Ewan
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Anything with Stephen Tompkinson in it is generally very good. He's an actor who always gets viewers on his side. This is very well written and produced crime. The female sidekick is irritating and a bit of a bitch but she's probably just playing the part as a good actress! The stories are excellent, but they should be because they are from the best selling novels of Peter Robinson. Incidentally the locations and cinematography on this show are exceptional. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars DCI Banks dvd
Dvd was good. The plastic cover was broken. It must be sorting machines you have there.I get DVD's from Australia where I live, no problems. From England always cracked.
Published 1 month ago by Robert Carr
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Bought this for my Mothers Birthday! She loved it. Now she doesn't know what to watch! Haha, Thank You! A+++
Published 1 month ago by Litisha
5.0 out of 5 stars a good tv series
i really enjoyed watching this series. the characters are interesting and complex as they have to be. interesting to see female characters so strong and sensible
Published 1 month ago by pascal deneve
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings Peter Robinson's Books to Life
There are four "stories" in this series and each one is broken into two parts of 45 minutes each. My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed this series; we found it exciting and very... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun TV show
Really enjoyed this TV show. It is not shown in the USA. Great acting and storyline! Glad we got a Region Free DVD player.
Published 1 month ago by Barbara Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars d c i banks
what a great crime drama great plots and acting I would recommend this dvd to anyone it is a great dvd
Published 1 month ago by barrie pitts
2.0 out of 5 stars Thin
I haven't read the books, but the series disappointed me. The first two episodes both ended with a young, unstable female character being harangued by Banks, leading her to a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by MJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I enjoyed both series and I hope they make more. Britain does it better than the US. So much more real.
Published 5 months ago by Karin
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic entertainment
Great character development, intriguing storyline, filmed in great locales, has instantly become one of my family's favorites, and wonderfully and irreverently British,
Published 5 months ago by Mark R. Betts
4.0 out of 5 stars definitely good
banks a little more exciteable than Midsomer Murders and George Gentry but very good. Gripping enough to keep you interested.
Published 6 months ago by penmar99
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