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DCI Banks

DCI Banks

ITV 2011

DCI Banks is a British crime drama series based on Peter Robinson's Inspector Alan Banks novels.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of DCI Banks

DCI Banks - S1E1

#1 - Playing with Fire (1)


Season 1 - Episode 1

In the first episode, DCI Alan Banks is taken to a canal where there has been a fatal fire. The crime is far from straightforward, and as another body is discovered the motive, as well as the intended victim, become increasingly unclear. However, the discovery of what appears to be a Turner landscape suggests that at least one of the victims was involved in an art forgery scam.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of DCI Banks from 283 votes.

DCI Banks - S5E1

#2 - To Burn in Every Drop of Blood (1)


Season 5 - Episode 1

The crime drama series returns with the first episode of a two-part story. When a victim of a frenzied attack is found in the woods with his head caved in, initially the team wonders if it is a random attack or related to the location - where a local girl recently committed suicide. Banks, however, has a theory of his own. When the victim is identified as small time drug dealer Damon Horsley and Banks uncovers a link to local crime boss Steve Richards, he is convinced the hitherto untouchable Richards had a part in the murder.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of DCI Banks from 248 votes.

DCI Banks - S1E3

#3 - Friend of the Devil (1)


Season 1 - Episode 3

DCI Banks assigns DS Cabbot as SIO when the mutilated body of a woman is found on the Yorkshire Moors, while he investigates the murder of a teenaged girl whose body has been found in a storage room. Annie discovers that her victim was Lucy Payne.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of DCI Banks from 119 votes.

DCI Banks - S4E3

#4 - Buried (1)


Season 4 - Episode 3

A husband and daughter find it hard to deal with their grief after the body of wife and mother Anaan Kamel is discovered washed up by an underground river. Marcus Leyton, a former employee of Anaan and Raheel’s law chambers becomes the main suspect.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of DCI Banks from 142 votes.

DCI Banks - S1E4

#5 - Friend of the Devil (2)


Season 1 - Episode 4

DC Templeton's body is discovered, and Annie becomes convinced that the murder is connected to that of Lucy Payne. The suspect in the Daniels murder case is cleared, so DCI Banks must establish how the real murderer was able to avoid detection.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of DCI Banks from 107 votes.

DCI Banks - S1E2

#6 - Playing with Fire (2)


Season 1 - Episode 2

After Tom McMahon becomes the third victim following some suspicious fires, Alan realises that he is now attempting to catch a serial killer. His superiors warn him to keep his distance from the Aspern family who are trying to lodge an official complaint against him. Banks is determined to locate the ringleader of the art forgery scam which links two of the victims. Annie continues to see Mark Keane, despite Banks’ warnings. After Banks finally discovers the true identity of ‘Morrison’, he quickly realises that Annie could be in real danger.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of DCI Banks from 219 votes.

DCI Banks - S5E3

#7 - A Little Bit of Heart (1)


Season 5 - Episode 3

When a devoted husband and father goes missing, a ransom demand takes Banks and his team on a journey into the Chinese community.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of DCI Banks from 227 votes.

DCI Banks - S5E2

#8 - To Burn in Every Drop of Blood (2)


Season 5 - Episode 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? While the violent Richards conducts his own unique brand of investigation, the focus shifts once again when the team discover that despite Kat's confession, she can't have murdered Damon Horsley. The break comes when evidence is uncovered that puts Kyle Finn, who found Horsley's body, in the spotlight, and under questioning he confesses to something truly shocking ‐ but Banks already knows he's lying, the real murderer has been hiding in plain sight all along.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of DCI Banks from 231 votes.

DCI Banks - S3E1

#9 - Wednesday's Child (1)


Season 3 - Episode 1

11-year old Kyle Heath escapes a couple claiming to be social workers who try to force him into their car but next day his mother Katy tells Banks and Helen that they returned and abducted him and the phone number they gave her is false. Mr and Mrs Harris who live opposite confirm the visit but are critical of Katy's parenting and Kyle's behaviour. When heroin is found in the floor-boards of Katy's house Annie believes Kyle was taken to force Katy to give them to the abductors but Katy denies knowledge of it. She suggests Kyle's father, her estranged partner Paul Cain, is the culprit though evidence suggests that Kyle is the actual drug dealer, earning money to spend at an arcade with headmaster Mark Campbell. Then a young boy's corpse is found - though it is not that of Kyle.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of DCI Banks from 156 votes.

DCI Banks - S3E2

#10 - Wednesday's Child (2)


Season 3 - Episode 2

Campbell admits to kerb crawling but claims to have met Kyle in the arcade by chance and sent him home whilst the dead boy is named as Andre Petri, who died of a heroin overdose and lived near the Heaths. His sister tells Annie that she was amazed how flush he was and it turns out that the arcade was the recruiting ground for under-age drug dealers. Banks suspects the leader is Chivers, a cab driver with previous convictions, who has disappeared with a female accomplice but Helen believes that Katy is not so innocent and is involved with Chivers to get Paul to pay a ransom which he will share with her. Annie shadows Paul as he delivers the money but loses him. Eventually Banks catches up with Chivers and finds that things are not as they first appeared to be.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of DCI Banks from 111 votes.

DCI Banks - S2E6
#11 - Innocent Graves (2)
Season 2 - Episode 6

The collapse of Owen Pierce's trial has left the case wide open and there's still a killer on the loose, but Banks remains determined to build a watertight legal case against his prime suspect. As the investigation continues, Morton and Jackman uncover promising new leads focusing on Ellie's ex-boyfriend Tyler, but just as they seem to be getting close to the truth, another schoolgirl is murdered, putting Pierce in the spotlight once again.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of DCI Banks from 76 votes.

DCI Banks - S2E3
#12 - Dry Bones That Dream (1)
Season 2 - Episode 3

A professional hitman bursts into the luxurious family home of accountant Keith Rothwell and shoots him in cold blood. Banks is instantly struck by the strange reactions of the victim's family and evidence comes to light that Rothwell has been living a secret double life. Now investigating the murder of a victim with two identities, Banks and Morton discover a possible link to a major money-laundering operation and are plunged into a high-profile fraud investigation with political ramifications.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of DCI Banks from 124 votes.

DCI Banks - S4E1
#13 - What Will Survive (1)
Season 4 - Episode 1

After the unidentified body of a woman is found on some waste ground, the team find themselves becoming involved in the world of vice in a town where nobody is happy to talk. Banks also has to deal with a personal tragedy.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of DCI Banks from 143 votes.

DCI Banks - S2E1
#14 - Strange Affair (1)
Season 2 - Episode 1

DCI Banks receives a disturbing phone message from his estranged brother Roy and heads to Harrogate to find him. Meanwhile at a murder scene, the team is introduced to new recruit Helen Morton, who quickly alienates her colleagues with her tactless style. She then makes matters worse when she finds evidence linking Banks to the victim's body and speculates he could be a suspect. Unaware everyone is searching for him, Banks begins to delve into Roy's life and soon uncovers questionable business transactions and associates.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of DCI Banks from 158 votes.

DCI Banks - S1E5
#15 - Cold is the Grave (1)
Season 1 - Episode 5

An armed robbery ends up taking a much darker twist after the culprit is brutally murdered in his own home. Before DCI Banks can start to unravel the case, Chief Superintendent Gerry Rydell, makes a personal plea for Banks to look for his missing teenage daughter. Some naked photographs found on the Internet by Rydell’s wife, Rosalind, makes it look like that she could be in London. Banks reluctantly agrees to help and manages to track Emily down to the home of a drug dealer. Emily refuses to come back home with him but changes her mind. Annie, who has been leading the investigation into the robber’s murder whilst Banks has been away, thinks that the robbery could have been staged, but the victim’s accomplice refuses to talk. After Emily contacts Banks and suggests that she has seen one of Clough’s associates in Leeds, Banks wants her to tell him everything she knows about Clough. Emily refuses to tell Banks anything though. After a battered body is found in an Eastvale nightclub, Banks is shocked to discover that the victim has been identified as Ruth Walker, somebody Emily knew whilst in London. After the true identity of the victim is revealed though, both Banks and Annie find themselves involved in a conspiracy which has changed both investigations hugely.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of DCI Banks from 94 votes.

DCI Banks - S2E2
#16 - Strange Affair (2)
Season 2 - Episode 2

Banks visits his childhood home to break the news of Roy's death, and his parents plead with him to find out what happened. Defying Morton, he returns to the station in an attempt to lead the investigation into the murders of his brother and Jennifer Lewis, and both officers are convinced the key to cracking the cases lies with a woman being treated at a clinic.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of DCI Banks from 123 votes.

DCI Banks - S4E2
#17 - What Will Survive (2)
Season 4 - Episode 2

The officers are dismayed to learn the arson attack on the Osgoods' house has injured Michael and killed his son Robbie, and local bully Gary McCready is soon questioned. As the investigation into Katrin's murder continues, the body of an older man who died of natural causes is found buried near her grave, and when Banks suspects Jason McCready abducted missing Annika, he uncovers a shocking secret. Meanwhile, the detective gives a moving speech at his mother's funeral, and the ceremony brings him closer to his father.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of DCI Banks from 130 votes.

DCI Banks - S5E4
#18 - A Little Bit of Heart (2)
Season 5 - Episode 4

Following the murder of a recently rescued hostage, Banks and his team must untangle secrets and lies from the closed world of the Chinese community.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of DCI Banks from 211 votes.

DCI Banks - S4E4
#19 - Buried (2)
Season 4 - Episode 4

Geoff has become a marked man and Banks decides to put both him and his daughter Evie under watch at an anonymous hotel whilst he increases the search for Mullen.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of DCI Banks from 115 votes.

DCI Banks - S1E6
#20 - Cold is the Grave (2)
Season 1 - Episode 6

Emily Rydell has apparently been brutally beaten to death and DCI Banks quickly ends up being in the middle of a murder investigation with many suspects. After a surveillance operation establishes a link between the murder of Charles McKay and Brian Clough, Banks and Annie soon work out that the two cases have to be connected.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of DCI Banks from 92 votes.

Last updated: mar 03, 2021



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