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DCI Banks

  • Episode: 

    1 of 6

  • Title: 

    Wednesday's Child
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Mon 03 Feb 2014
  • TX Confirmed: 

    No
  • Time: 

    9.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 06 2014 : Sat 01 Feb - Fri 07 Feb
  • Channel: 

    ITV
  • Status: 

    Returning
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Series overview
 
DCI Banks returns for a new six‐part series starring Stephen Tompkinson, Andrea Lowe and Caroline Catz.
 
Produced by award‐winning indie Left Bank Pictures, the new series comprises of 6 x 60’ episodes based on three of the internationally successful novels from the pen of author and Banks creator Peter Robinson. Two episodes are devoted to each of the three stories entitled Wednesday’s Child, Piece of My Heart and Bad Boy.
 
The series sees the return from maternity leave of DS Annie Cabbot, played by Andrea Lowe (Love Life, Monroe), immediately thrown into a harrowing case for a new single mother. Having acknowledged their feelings for one another in the last series, the new episodes focus on whether a romantic relationship between Banks and Annie can ever be a reality. However, there are inevitable complications as the pair come to acknowledge their own unique and challenging roles as colleagues and parents.
 
Caroline Catz (Doc Martin) also returns to the series playing DI Helen Morton, the disarmingly blunt and often socially inept detective who joined Banks’ team when Annie left for maternity. Helen has to confront her inflexible approach to both her home and work life; can her relationship with Banks help her to understand when to bend the rules? With both Helen and Annie working under Banks, will he successfully be able to juggle the opposing views of these two strong willed independent women? How far will Banks go to keep both these women at his side?
 
This series also sees the surprise introduction of Banks’ university dropout daughter, Tracy. Although on the surface, Banks and Tracy have a good relationship, it becomes clear that neither father nor daughter really know each other as well as they pretend. The distance between the pair means Banks cannot see the real danger Tracy soon throws herself into until it is too late.
 
The first story, Wednesday’s Child, which revolves around a strange and sinister child abduction apparently undertaken by a man and a woman claiming to be social workers, is written by lead writer Robert Murphy (Strike Back, Cape Wrath). Robert Murphy also adapts Piece of My Heart, where the body of a journalist in a remote village connects Banks to a death in the 1980s revolving around the surviving members of a pop band. In the final story Bad Boy, which is adapted by Catherine Tregenna (Lewis, Law & Order: UK), a terrible chain of events is set in motion by the discovery of a loaded gun in a young girl’s bedroom, that ultimately puts Banks’ daughter in mortal danger.
 
DCI Banks is produced by Emma Kingsman-­‐Lloyd (Life of Crime, Lip Service), who was also responsible for the last series. Left Bank Pictures Chief Executive Andy Harries, Gabriel Silver and Robert Murphy will executive produce the drama.
 
The series was commissioned for ITV by Director of Drama Commissioning, Steve November. “DCI Banks has become a firm favourite amongst the ITV Drama audience and I’m very pleased we have commissioned a third series,” said Steve. “The new stories will pose searching questions for Banks as ultimately he’s forced to take extreme action to keep his team together,” added Steve.
 
Executive producer, Andy Harries said: “I’m delighted by the continued success of DCI Banks. Stephen Tompkinson and the whole team have turned a hit series of novels into an international success story that began, like so many of the great TV detectives, on ITV.”
 
 
Episode one: Wednesday's Child
 
When a man and a woman claiming to be social workers come to Katy Heath’s house and tell her that they need to take away her son Kyle, Katy complies. But when they fail to return her son and are unknown by social services, DCI Alan Banks is quickly drawn into a full-scale search for the missing boy.
 
Why has Kyle been abducted and what are the chances that he can be found alive? When a search of Katy’s house reveals a drugs connection and different witnesses - including Kyle’s father - begin to contradict Katy’s version of events, even Banks begins to question the veracity of Katy’s story.
 
Banks pushes DI Helen Morton to get close to Katy, but in the face of problems with her own son, the proximity to Kyle’s mother only appears to destabilise the detective. 
 
Meanwhile, returning from maternity leave to join the investigation, DS Annie Cabbot believes she has found a credible suspect for Kyle’s abduction at his school. Yet to Annie’s frustration, Banks appears to be distancing himself from her.
 
With the search becoming ever more desperate, Banks must find a way to reconcile his colleagues conflicting attitudes to children and parenthood, before the hunt for Kyle is too late.
 
Cast
 
DCI Banks - Stephen Tompkinson 
DS Annie Cabbot - Andrea Lowe
DI Helen Morton - Caroline Catz
DC Ken Blackstone - Jack Deam  
Katy Heath - Christine Bottomley
Chivers - Geoff Bell
Paul Cain - John Lightbody
Chelsea - Rebecca Calder
Kyle Heath - Oliver Woollford
Mark Campbell - Rick Warden
Head Teacher - Sara Powell
Michael Morton - Matt Lanigan
Roger Harris - Andrew Frame
Marian Harris - Heather Bleasdale
Joseph Forbes - Ben Lambert
Arcade Attendant - Sushil Chudasama
Steven Morton - Matthew Newman
Reporter - Darryl Clark
Kevin - Jamie Rooney-West