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DCI Banks - Series 2 2011 Subtitles

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Features all the episodes from series 2. Stars Stephen Tompkinson (WILD AT HEART) as the titular detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks.

Starring:
Jack Deam, Stephen Tompkinson
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Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 4 hours 30 minutes
Starring Jack Deam, Stephen Tompkinson, Samuel Roukin, Andrew Lowe, Charlotte Riley
Director Jim Loach, Tim Fywell
Genres Drama
Studio 2 ENTERTAIN VIDEO
Rental release 19 November 2012
Main languages English
Subtitles English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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Either I'm getting used to Stephen Tompkinson's portrayal of Banks, or he's softened in this series but he seemed much more believable. Also, the arrival of Caroline Catz as DI Morton, his sidekick, is a huge improvement on the Annie Cabot character of the 1st series. Catz's character has more depth and individualism than Andrea Lowe was allowed to be as Cabot. And the initial relationship was a fiery test of territory as they pace around each other, slowly arriving at mutual respect.

The story lines seemed stronger. Good support team. The settings are good and the series was on the whole greatly improved.

And I liked the incidence of Bank's actually getting it wrong in the final episode. It made him seem more human.
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Great series but series 2 is very short. It has just 2 episodes in disc one and one episode on disc 2. Each episode is approx an hour and half. This is the shorter series of 1 to 3. It is a great series though and I personally plan to collect them all as soon as they come out.
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Received this DVD yesterday morning. Having already seen Innocent Graves, Dry Bones that Dream, and Strange Affair on TV, I just checked the quality and subtitles and was not disappointed. I like Caroline Catz as Helen, and she does not appear in any of the novels. No matter. We get to know Banks better, I think in this series. Watch the TV series first, and then read the novels. Then you won't be disappointed!
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Wont spoil it for you, but have to say that like series one this was gret British television at it best. Superb acting, superb plot. Just buy it and enjoy. Wish i could say more
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AfterLewis disappeared and I was unable to continue enjoying Midsummer Murders I found DCI Banks, what a joy. Excellent quality story, performances and continuity. Cannot recommend too highly for anyone who loves high quality crime TV.
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I have read all of Peter Robinson books, so I hope there are more series.Took a little while to get used to Stephen Tomkinson and I had an entirely different picture in my mind
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I have read and hugely enjoyed all of Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks novels, not least because of Inspector Banks himself who comes across as sexy, edgy, smart and sometimes a little troubled. I felt for him when his marriage fell apart and appreciated the chemistry between him and Annie. I listened to his music with him in his car and in his home and appreciated his pride in his son's success with his band in the later novels.

I realize it is very difficult to translate a detective novel to the screen and it is true that most TV detectives may bear little physical resemblance to the author's creation but this is not necessarily a drawback as ITV struck gold with the late great John Thaw as Inspector Morse and Kevin Whately as his sidekick Lewis; yet Morse was the younger man in the books and both men were, in some respects, quite different physically in the novels by Colin Dexter than the actors who portrayed them on the small screen.

The problem with Stephen Tomkinson as Banks is he comes across as turgid and unattractive and there is not an ounce of chemistry between him and the female leads. Where is the charisma and sex appeal that draws most females to Alan Banks. One of the attributes that is most associated with Banks is his love of and eclectic taste in music and this never really comes across. Remember Morse and his love of opera and classical music.

This is not to say that Stephen Tomkinson is not an accomplished actor but he is, in my opinion, not the best choice to play Banks.

For me the stories' merits and demerits pale into insignificance when I am confronted with this insipid and leaden version of Banks.
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Tompkinson is not realy up to the DCI banks in the books. That apart the storylines are not to bad, far two short.what this series misses out on? It would have been better each episode had run for a number of weeks.
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