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DCI Banks - Series 1 2011


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Three two-part episodes from the ITV crime drama series based on the crime novels by Peter Robinson. Stephen Tompkinson stars as the tenacious and stubborn Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks, who unravels a string of disturbing murder mysteries aided by his feisty and ambitious young assistant, DS Annie Cabbot (Andrea Lowe). In 'Playing With Fire' Banks and Cabbot investigate two deaths following a houseboat fire. It becomes clear the arsonist intended to murder when they discover the victims had been drugged before the fire started. In 'Friend of the Devil' the duo look into two murders that appear to be connected despite one having taken place in the city while the second body was found in the countryside. As the detectives make headway in the case, Annie reveals a dark secret about her past. In 'Cold Is the Grave' the daughter of Chief Superintendant Gerry Rydell (Colin Tierney) goes missing and the pressure is on Banks to find her.

Jack Deam, Stephen Tompkinson
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Product Details

  • DCI Banks - Disc 1 ages_15_and_over
  • DCI Banks - Disc 2 ages_15_and_over
Runtime 6 hours 0 minutes
Starring Jack Deam, Stephen Tompkinson, Colin Tierney, Andrea Lowe, Lorraine Burroughs
Director Paul Whittington, Bill Anderson
Genres Drama
Rental release 31 October 2011
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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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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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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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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I've read with interest several of the reviews on here, and learnt a few things. The first was that this TV series has been transferred from a series of books. I gather that the characters were more detailed than the TV series showed. It makes sense. I couldn't understand the character of DS Annie Cabbot (Andrea Lowe) at all. One moment she and Banks are seconds away from a kiss, then she is telling their boss what her investigations involving Banks, have turned up. DCI Banks (Stephen Tomlinson) has a perfectly reasonable explanation as to why he doesn't confide all to DS Cabbot, and life goes on, seemingly with no recriminations.This of course is nonsense,as one or both of them would be told to put in for a transfer.
The plots themselves are well written, the story lines get our rapt attention and the twists and turns during murder investigations certainly whet the appetite.
Stephen Tomlinson's facial expression is gloomy and stays that way. The weight of the world is on his shoulders, but something more should be required to assist in the characterisation of DCI Banks. Instead, Tomlinson does come across as one dimensional on occasion - this detracts from the series. His turgid delivery of lines adds to this sense of gloom and doom.
In summary DCI Banks as a series has many fine points - at times its plots are captivating, interesting. The characterisations in some cases should have been a lot better than they were - and the Director could have improved on this. I'd give it ***and a half stars if I could - but will settle for four.
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