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DCI Banks is a BBC crime drama series based on a book by Peter Robinson. The lead character, Banks, is a gritty, determined homicide detective who teams up with associate, DS Annie Cabbot, to solve brutal murders perpetrated by a serial killer. Banks' prior brief sexual history with Cabbot is a great source of friction between the two.

Cabbot is a young, opportunistic DI, who has her sights on advancement. His personal life is also in shambles having been divorced from his wife -- who is remarried and pregnant -- and his estrangement from his children, with whom he barely has a relationship. Although Banks is a good detective, his methods are somewhat unorthodox. Although the tension between Banks and Cabbot is palpable, they continue to inch closer to the identity of the killer. As the bodies continue to pile up, DC Winsome Jackman joins the team. Her contributions give the team the cohesiveness that it needs.

DCI Banks is a Crime Drama series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (32 episodes). The series first aired on September 27, 2010. It has mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.6.

DCI Banks is available for streaming on the itv website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch DCI Banks on demand at HBO Max, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Vudu, Google Play, iTunes online.

Wednesdays 9:00 PM et/pt on itv
5 Seasons, 32 Episodes
September 27, 2010
Crime Drama
Cast: Stephen Tompkinson
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DCI Banks Full Episode Guide

  • Having been thrust into a dark place from where it looks like there is no coming back, 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. While his old team struggle, Banks operates for the first time on the other side of the law, using his years of experience, wits and wisdom to secure the all-important break-through.

  • Banks and the team begin the painful job of finding out exactly who was responsible for the tragedy that has changed all their lives forever, while dealing with the grief it has caused.

  • Having recently returned a kidnap victim safe and sound, the team is thrown on to the back foot when he is found murdered. The way the victim died suggests a local protection gang is to blame, but nailing the hard-nosed woman they believe is behind it proves challenging - witnesses know the price they will pay for talking to the police.

  • What starts out as a missing person's case soon escalates into a kidnap and ransom - but when the perpetrators cleverly stay one step ahead of the police, it soon becomes clear that they aren't average criminals.

  • When a victim of a frenzied attack is found in the woods with his head caved in, initially the team wonders if it's a random attack or related to the location - a shrine to a local girl who recently committed suicide there. Banks, however, has a theory of his own.

  • Believing that Al Jenkins is Jaff’s accomplice, Banks pressurises him to lead him to Jaff, but Al stays defiant. The result of Annie’s internal investigation requires Helen’s immediate suspension, causing the rift between Annie and Banks to get worse. After Richard Martin’s body is found, Al confesses to his knowledge of the killing and after he makes an offer to help Banks get his daughter back from Jaff, Banks considers breaking every rule he in the book to meet his demands.

  • A former neighbour of Banks informs him that she has found a gun in her teenage daughter’s bedroom and he decides to quietly retrieve the weapon. After Helen convinces him though that she should lead a firearms team to take possession of the gun neither of them foresees that the incident will lead to an innocent man being badly hurt. An internal investigation is carried out which threatens to break up Banks’ team after Annie is ordered to take a close look at Helen’s role in the operation.

  • David Hornby is now a suspect in the case and Annie has no choice but to admit that the father of her baby doesn’t know anything about her pregnancy.

  • Journalist Matt Barber is discovered dead in a holiday chalet in a remote village and when Banks and the team show up to lead the investigation they are confronted by an overwhelming number of leads.

  • The body found on the moors is identified so DCI Banks and his team now have a murder enquiry to deal with. Banks finds himself dividing his time between trying to find the killer and find Kyle who is still missing.

  • A sinister child abduction apparently undertaken by a man and a woman claiming to be social workers takes place. DCI Alan Banks soon finds himself being drawn into a full-scale search for the missing boy.