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DCI Banks

Seasons: 5
Episodes: 32
User ratings: 4,171
Average rating: 7.6

Crime, Drama, Mystery

The tenacious and stubborn DCI Banks unravels disturbing murder mysteries aided by his young assistants, DS Annie Cabbot and DI Helen Morton.

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Aftermath: Part 1
A police officer is killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call. When DCI Alan Banks is called to investigate the grisly scene, he discovers it's the home of a serial rapist and murderer.
User ratings: 302
Average rating: 7.4
Aftermath: Part 2
Marcus Payne is dead and DS Annie Cabbot requests an autopsy which reveals he died from repeated blows to the head. There is no evidence of any defensive wounds and she's told by her boss to get PC Janet Taylor to confess to using excessive force. The police find a witness who saw Leanne Wray get into Marcus Payne's car - but he was not alone and the investigation now focuses on finding Payne's accomplice. They team thinks it has to be Payne's wife Lucy but Banks is keeping an open mind thinking it might be someone else.
User ratings: 252
Average rating: 7.4
Playing with Fire: Part 1
Two bodies are found after a fire on some narrow boats and Banks and DS Annie Cabbot find themselves on the trail of an arsonist who has killed two people.
User ratings: 219
Average rating: 7.1
Playing with Fire: Part 2
The Chief Superintendent calls Banks on the carpet for having struck Dr. Patrick Aspern. Artist and art forger Jack McMahon is the latest victim of the arsonist and the police find a second metal box with a large amount of cash and forged paintings. Art expert Mark Keane meanwhile confirms that the Turner painting is a fake. The key to the case is finding Gerry Morrison, the man named by almost everyone involved as being behind the forgery scheme. The only problem is that he has been very careful to conceal himself and no one knows what he looks like. As for Patrick Aspern, Banks knows that he's hiding something and is determined to find out what.
User ratings: 196
Average rating: 7.3
Friend of the Devil: Part 1
A student is attacked in the middle of the city and in another part of Yorkshire a woman has her throat cut, but the two different murders have disturbing similarities.
User ratings: 210
Average rating: 7.5
Friend of the Devil: Part 2
The police now have a third murder on their hands: that of DC Kevin Templeton, a member of Banks' team. He was killed in the same alley as Haley Daniels and in a manner quite similar to Lucy Payne but Annie's suggestion that she take charge of the murder investigation does not go down well. The pathologist, Dr. Waring, is of the opinion that Kevin was killed with a serrated knife while Lucy was killed with a thin, sharp blade. She also says a man was likely responsible for one death and a woman for the other. Annie isn't sure about that conclusion. A witness comes forward with an alibi for Timothy Randall so Banks is back to square one with Haley Daniels' murder. As for Kevin's murder, they make a relatively quick arrest but Annie is right - there is a link between her case and Kevin's murder.
User ratings: 203
Average rating: 7.7
Cold Is the Grave: Part 1
A case terrifyingly close to home occurs as Banks is asked by his boss to find his missing teenage daughter.
User ratings: 203
Average rating: 7.8
Cold Is the Grave: Part 2
Banks and Cabbot come to suspect one of their team may be implicated in a criminal conspiracy.
User ratings: 186
Average rating: 7.9
Strange Affair: Part 1
A new case becomes personal when Banks discovers that his brother Roy is missing and Roy's girlfriend has been shot dead.
User ratings: 215
Average rating: 7.6
Strange Affair: Part 2
The body they've found some 5 miles from where Jennifer Lewis was killed is confirmed as DCI Banks' younger brother Roy. Now cleared of suspicion, DCI Banks offers to give DI Morton a helping hand. They focus on the escorts website that Roy owned and the medical clinic in which he and his partner Gareth Lambert had an investment. One of the escorts, Carmen, seems to be at the center of it all and when the police find her, she is an advanced state of pregnancy. She tells them someone paid her to carry the child to term and give the child to them. Banks thinks it's a baby-selling racket but something far more sinister is at play.
User ratings: 199
Average rating: 7.7
Dry Bones That Dream: Part 1
Banks is called in to investigate the death of a mild-mannered accountant who appears to be the victim of a contract killing.
User ratings: 185
Average rating: 7.6
Dry Bones That Dream: Part 2
With Pamela Jeffries unconscious in hospital following the attack on her, DI Morton and DS Jackman attends Keith Rothwell's funeral. They return to the Rothwell home to find they have been burgled. Banks feels there has to be something about Rothwell that has led to all of this and the police question anyone who may have known him. Banks speaks to the local MP, Martin Fleming, and is called on the carpet for doing so. When Pamela regains consciousness, she gives a description of her attacker but Helen is already one step ahead having identified Arthur Jameson as one of Norcliffe's clients. Meanwhile, Rothwell's son Tom returns for the funeral and tells the police he had seen his father with another woman. That vital piece of information leads them to a surprise resolution to the case.
User ratings: 171
Average rating: 7.5
Innocent Graves: Part 1
The strangling of a wealthy financier's 16-year-old daughter unearths a complex web of lies and secrets for Banks to solve.
User ratings: 182
Average rating: 7.6
Innocent Graves: Part 2
Owen Pierce has been released but Banks still believes he's the man responsible responsible for Ellie Clayton's murder. Pierce's house has been vandalized but Banks has little sympathy to offer. Ellie's friend Becca contact the police to tell them Ellie's boyfriend, Tyler Judd, was possessive and dangerous. DI Helen Morton finds CCTV footage of Ellie getting into a car the night she disappeared and it clearly wasn't Pierce's automobile. A second murder however leads them to focus on Judd but the solution to the crimes lies elsewhere.
User ratings: 168
Average rating: 7.7
Wednesday's Child: Part 1
When a mother reports her child as having been abducted by a man and a woman masquerading as social workers, Banks is drawn into a strange and unsettling search for the missing boy.
User ratings: 179
Average rating: 7.6
Wednesday's Child: Part 2
Banks and his team now have a murder inquiry on their hands, as the body found on the moors is identified as 11-year-old Andre Petri.
User ratings: 160
Average rating: 7.7
Piece of My Heart: Part 1
Following the death of a journalist, Banks and his team discover connections to a suspicious death in 1980s involving the surviving members of a pop band.
User ratings: 170
Average rating: 7.6
Piece of My Heart: Part 2
When Banks and Helen learn that Ian Basset has returned to the country, the surviving members of The Crystal Kiss are reunited, and the trio seem tighter than ever.
User ratings: 161
Average rating: 7.6
Bad Boy: Part 1
A terrible chain of events is set in motion when an old neighbor of Banks' finds a loaded gun in her daughter's bedroom.
User ratings: 160
Average rating: 7.6
Bad Boy: Part 2
Circumstances take a dramatic and unexpected turn when Banks begins to fear for the safety of his own daughter.
User ratings: 160
Average rating: 7.7
What Will Survive: Part 1
The investigation of a young Estonian woman's death leads Banks to uncover a world of prostitution and drugs hidden behind a respectable veneer.
User ratings: 164
Average rating: 7.6
What Will Survive: Part 2
The team are dismayed to discover that an arson attack at the Osgood's house has injured Michael and killed his autistic son Robbie.
User ratings: 154
Average rating: 7.7
Buried: Part 1
A husband and daughter struggle to come to terms with their grief when the body of wife and mother is found washed up by an underground river.
User ratings: 157
Average rating: 7.5
Buried: Part 2
Banks puts Geoff and his daughter under watch at a hotel while he widens the search for the gunman.
User ratings: 152
Average rating: 7.6
Ghosts: Part 1
When the body of a university undergraduate is found dumped in a ravine, the investigation reveals he was far from being a model student.
User ratings: 158
Average rating: 7.7
Ghosts: Part 2
Helen works hard to win back Alan's approval as they try to find the killer and prevent Josh's father from seeking a revenge of his own.
User ratings: 152
Average rating: 7.9
To Burn in Every Drop of Blood: Part 1
When a victim of a frenzied attack is found in the woods, Banks wonders if it's related to the location - a shrine to a local girl who recently committed suicide there.
User ratings: 137
Average rating: 7.7
To Burn in Every Drop of Blood: Part 2
The post mortem into the daughter of crime boss Steve Richards reveals that her death isn't a simple suicide - could someone else have been involved? And if so, who?
User ratings: 120
Average rating: 7.7
A Little Bit of Heart: Part 1
When a devoted husband and father goes missing, a ransom demand takes Banks and his team on a journey into Leeds' Chinese community.
User ratings: 124
Average rating: 7.7
A Little Bit of Heart: Part 2
Xun's death makes the team realize the case is more complicated than they first thought, and it's not necessarily connected to the kidnapping.
User ratings: 125
Average rating: 7.7
Undertow: Part 1
Banks and the team begin the painful job of finding out exactly who was responsible for Annie's death, an incident that has affected all their lives.
User ratings: 112
Average rating: 7.7
Undertow: Part 2
Banks' mission to solve Annie's murder is made all the harder by the fact he has been taken off the case and sent on gardening leave - but that won't stop him.
User ratings: 111
Average rating: 8.0
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