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DCI Banks

  • Episode: 

    3 of 6

  • Title: 

    Series 4 - Buried (pt1)
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Wed 18 Mar 2015
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    9.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 12 2015 : Sat 14 Mar - Fri 20 Mar
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Series overview
A new series of contemporary crime drama DCI Banks returns for a six‐part series starring Stephen Tompkinson, Andrea Lowe and Caroline Catz.
Produced by award‐winning indie Left Bank Pictures, the new series will comprise 6 x 60’ original episodes inspired by the books written by acclaimed novelist Peter Robinson. 
Stephen Tompkinson reprises his role as DCI Alan Banks with Andrea Lowe (Love Life, Monroe) playing DS Annie Cabbot and Caroline Catz (Doc Martin) as DI Helen Morton. Well renowned actors Keith Barron and Polly Hemingway also return as Banks’ parents, Arthur and Ida.
With a reputation for delivering credible and emotional crime stories that are firmly rooted in the Yorkshire setting, DCI Banks has become a firm favourite with ITV viewers. This fourth series will feature powerful personal stories for the lead characters, both in their private lives and in their work environment; a deeper exploration of Banks’ relationship with his parents, further complications in Annie and Banks’ on/off romance and a personal crisis that threatens Helen’s career.
DCI Banks is produced by Radford Neville (The Game, The Borrowers, Loving Miss Hatto). Radford is also a co‐executive producer alongside Left Bank Pictures Chief Executive, Andy Harries.
The series has been commissioned for ITV by Director of Drama, Steve November and Head of Drama Series, Jane Hudson.
Episode 3 – Buried
A husband and daughter struggle to come to terms with their grief when the body of wife and mother Anaan Kamel is found washed up by an underground river.
Suspicion falls on Marcus Leyton, a former employee of Anaan and Raheel’s law chambers, who was recently fired by Raheel – especially when texts between her and Marcus suggest an affair which progressed to blackmail on his part.
The team struggles to find further information about Marcus as his records only seem to go back five years. Banks and Helen believe that the family are hiding something when daughter Nafeesah makes up a story about her mother recently falling down the stairs, until she eventually reveals Anaan’s brother Bilal hit her in an argument over her conduct and faith. Bilal swears he is innocent of his sister’s killing.
When Marcus’s body is found upstream, the team are faced with a double murder. Evidence at the crime scene makes them suspect a contract killing and there seems to have been an eyewitness who has fled the scene. Banks wonders if the husband, Raheel, has ordered the killing.
Annie and Ken track down the witness, Geoff Dwyer who witnessed the killer. They persuade him to help create an E-fit, which matches Jacky Mullen, an ex-army man from Nottingham, known to have associated with a notorious14 loan-shark, Lewis Hargreaves. Banks discovers the facts that explain Marcus’s history and connections to Hargreaves.
Banks arrests Hargreaves and although he claims to have nothing to do with the murder, the police find a newspaper clipping about Marcus in his possession. Mullen traces where Geoff is living with his teenage daughter, Evie. He breaks in and scrawls a terrifying warning not to speak out.