DCI Banks

Thursday, 8 November 2012, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Banks and his team must regroup: the collapse of Owen Pierce’s trial has left the case wide open and there is still a killer on the loose. Banks vows to construct a watertight legal case against Owen, still his prime suspect, although Helen urges him to keep an open mind. As the team reviews the evidence in the case, Banks warns Pierce, who has returned to a vandalised house and a shattered reputation – just because Owen is free now, that doesn’t prove that he isn’t guilty of murder and Banks will be watching him. Pierce is angry too; doesn’t Banks’ realise what an impact this ordeal has had on him?

When Helen and Winsome uncover promising new leads focusing on Tyler Judd, it seems that the team might finally be closer to the truth surrounding Ellie’s murder, although Banks isn’t so sure. But when another schoolgirl is found murdered, it isn’t long before Pierce finds himself in the spotlight again. Can Banks and Helen end the killing and bring the real culprit to justice without compromising their friendship?

Wednesday, 7 November 2012, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Innocent Graves (1/2)

Frustrated with a number of recent cases being knocked back by the CPS, Banks and his team are called on to investigate the murder of teenager Ellie Clayton, daughter of a successful internet entrepreneur. The suggestion that Ellie might have been raped, as well as her background, means that the investigation is soon the subject of intense media speculation and Banks promises Ellie’s parents that they will bring the culprit to justice. Sure enough, the team quickly uncover strong evidence against Owen Pierce, a local theatre director who ran the drama workshop Ellie attended on the night that she died. Under questioning, Owen proves himself to be a liar and slightly obsessed with his ex-girlfriend Maddy Phillips, who bears a more than passing resemblance to Ellie. When clear forensic evidence links Pierce to the scene of the crime, Banks is confident that he has his man and Owen is charged. But with Pierce’s trial set, DI Morton voices her concerns; Banks’ instinct might be telling him that Pierce is guilty, but is he looking at all the evidence? There are plenty of other potential suspects, not least Ellie’s bad-boy former boyfriend, Tyler Judd. In court, Banks soon finds not just Owen Pierce, but the actions of his entire team and his friendship with Helen on trial…

Wednesday, 24 October 2012, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Dry Bones That Dream (1/2):

DCI Alan Banks and DI Helen Morton must learn to reconcile their conflicting policing styles and personalities whilst trying to unravel the increasingly puzzling murder of a local accountant who has been leading a secret double life.

When a professional hitman bursts into the luxurious house of Keith Rothwell and his family and shoots the accountant in cold blood, DCI Banks is instantly struck by the strange reactions of the victim’s family. Before the team can get a grip on the case, evidence comes to light that Rothwell has been living a secret double life and Banks is instantly attracted to ‘the other woman’ in Rothwell’s life, Pamela Jeffries. Now investigating the murder of a victim with literally two identities, a possible link to a major money laundering scam blows the case wide open and drags Banks into a high profile fraud investigation with political ramifications and into conflict with an old police rival. With DI Helen Morton struggling to fit into her new surroundings, seemingly unable to relax amongst the team and Banks uncertain of his place in a changing police landscape, both officers are struck by the fluid nature of identity in the case. Who was Keith Rothwell really and who wanted the man dead?

Wednesday, 17 October 2012, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Strange Affair (2/2):

With Roy dead, Banks must return to his childhood home to inform his parents. Whilst there, simmering resentments between Banks and his father and the acute sense of distance between Banks and his younger brother, begin to surface.

When Banks’ parents, desperate for answers, plead with their son to find out what happened to Roy, Banks defies DI Helen Morton and returns to the station to try and lead the investigation into the murders of Roy and Jennifer Lewis. Both convinced that the answer to the case lies with Carmen, an ‘exotic companion’ being treated at the Berger-Lennox clinic, Banks and Helen agree to put their differences aside to help each other get to the truth.

But when Banks is finally able to track Carmen, her evidence appears to make the case more complicated than ever. Soon, both detectives are thrown into a dark investigation that ultimately shakes both officers to the core…

Wednesday, 10 October 2012, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Strange Affair (1 of 2):

With DS Annie Cabbot pregnant and due to start her maternity leave, DCI Alan Banks is feeling low, until a mysterious phone message leads him to Harrogate to search for his estranged younger brother, Roy.

Meanwhile, at the scene of the murder of a young woman found in her car near Eastvale, Banks’ team are introduced to DI Helen Morton, drafted to cover Annie’s imminent departure. Uncomfortable working as part of a team and often tactless, Helen quickly alienates her new colleagues.

Matters are made worse when the team discover DCI Banks’ name and address in the pocket of the victim, Jennifer Lewis, and unable to locate him, Helen speculates that their boss could be a suspect in the case. Unaware that his team are searching for him, Banks begins to delve into the life of his brother, and soon uncovers questionable business transactions and associates, as well as an angry fiancée and an affair.

Could Banks’ brother be the killer his team are searching for?

Friday, 21 October 2011, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Cold is the Grave (2/2) 

With Emily Rydell dead, apparently brutally beaten, DCI Banks quickly finds himself at the heart of a murder investigation with any number of suspects. How did the murderer lock Emily into the cubicle from the inside? Why did Emily have Ruth Walker’s credit card? What did Emily know about the activities of Brian Clough and was this the reason for her death? When a surveillance operation establishes a clear link between the murder of Charles McKay and Brian Clough, Banks and Annie realise that the two cases must be connected. Their investigation takes a number of alarming twists that soon start to uncover a conspiracy pointing to one of their own team being a criminal informer. But as Banks pushes all the suspects hard, the case threatens to undermine his own integrity as an officer and brings his relationship with Annie to breaking point. Who can they trust in the search for the truth?

Friday, 14 October 2011, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Cold is the Grave (1/2): 

An armed robbery takes a sinister twist when the culprit is brutally executed in his own home. Before DCI Banks can begin to unravel the case, his superior officer, Chief Superintendent Gerry Rydell, has made a personal plea for Banks to find his missing teenage daughter. A series of nude photographs found on the internet by Rydell’s wife, Rosalind, suggest that she might be in London and Rydell would like Banks to bring his daughter home, without official police involvement. Reluctantly, Banks accepts and soon tracks Emily Rydell to the home of a dangerous drug dealer, where he attempts to persuade Emily to return with him to Yorkshire. Although she initially refuses, Emily changes her mind and Banks is able to complete his unofficial mission before resuming his duties. DS Annie Cabbot, who has been leading the investigation into the robber’s murder in his absence, believes the robbery to have been staged, but the victim’s accomplice won’t talk. Banks tries to concentrate on his work, but when Emily contacts him again and suggests that she has seen one of Clough’s associates in Leeds, Banks urges Emily to tell him anything she might know about Clough’s business, but she refuses. Later, when a battered body is found in an Eastvale nightclub, Banks is shocked to learn that the victim has been identified as Ruth Walker, a friend to Emily in London. But when the true identity of the victim is revealed, Banks and Annie find themselves at the centre of a conspiracy which has changed both investigations unimaginably.

Friday, 7 October 2011, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Friend of the Devil (2/2): 

When the body Kevin Templeton is discovered in an alleyway, Banks and his team find themselves investigating the murder of one of their own. Annie is convinced of a link between the murder of Lucy Payne and Templeton, but with no evidence to support her claims, she is dismissed as trying to push her own career ambitions. When Timothy Randall is found to be innocent of Hayley Daniels’ murder, Banks finds his investigation must go back to the drawing board. Not until Annie receives new information from another force altogether can she begin to uncover the real connection between the three murders. But when Annie turns to someone she trusts for answers about conflicting evidence, she finds the true identity of Templeton’s killer to be far closer to home. Meanwhile, Banks has proved how Hayley Daniels’ real murderer committed his crime without being caught on CCTV and intercepts Annie and the serial killer, but not before Annie has revealed a shocking secret about her own past.

Friday, 30 September 2011, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

DCI Banks informs Annie of a murder that has taken place on the Moors and for the first time asks her to head up the investigation. Thevictimwas found in her wheel chair with a cut throat and a disfigured face. The body has been discovered in the same place that Marcus and Lucy Payne, a previously gruesome case for Banks, buried one of their victims. Whilst Annie heads to the Moors, Banks heads to the Market Square to investigate the murder of a teenage girl, whose bodyhas been found in a storage room down an alleyway. The motive for her death isn’t clear, but a local shop owner, Timothy Randall,who discovers the body, comes under immediate suspicion. When Annie heads to a local care home to try and identify the victim on the Moors, she soon makes a shocking discovery; the dead girl is Lucy Payne. Banks meets new pathologist, Elizabeth Waring and together they begin to unravel the psychology of the case, although Annie immediately questions her assumptions. Banks appears to make progress in his case when he is able to identify the DNA of Randall on the victim’s clothing and makes an arrest. But whilst he is in custody, a second alleyway murder takes place.

DCI Banks


Friday, 23 September 2011, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

When Tom McMahon becomes the third victim of a spate of suspicious fires, Banks realises that he is now on the trail of a serial killer. 

Warned by his superiors to keep his distance from the Aspern family who are attempting to lodge a complaint against him, Banks resolves to find the ringleader of the art forgery scam which links two of the victims, known only as the mysterious ‘Morrison’. 

Meanwhile, Annie continues her relationship with Mark Keane, despite Banks’ warnings about compromising the integrity of the investigation. 

When a new discovery about the methods used by the killer casts doubt on the alibis of all his suspects, Banks is determined to get to the truth at the Aspern’s house. 

But when Banks finally identifies the true identity of ‘Morrison’, he quickly realises that Annie has been placed in mortal danger. 

Can Banks apprehend the killer and save Annie from being burned alive? 


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