DCI Banks: Aftermath

Forget ballooning around Australia, Stephen Tomkinson returned to our television screens tonight in the new ITV drama series DCI Banks: Aftermath. The first of a two part pilot series kicked off with a bang, domestic abuse, a copious amount of blood and four bodies in a cellar.

You really can’t ask for much more can you?!!! Episode 2 Summary Here (contains Spoilers)

I heard about the production following my review of Robinson’s latest Bank book called Bad Boy – where Banks’s daughter Tracy has fallen for the wrong boy. Her flatmate’s boyfriend is good-looking, ambitious, and surrounded by an intoxicating air of mystery. He’s also very dangerous.

Produced by Left Bank Pictures and based on the novel Aftermath by crime writer Peter Robinson, the series was shot in Yorkshire earlier this year.

Aftermath tells the story of an ordinary house in an ordinary street, which is about to become infamous. When two young police constables are sent to the house following a report of a domestic disturbance, they stumble upon a truly horrific scene.

When they fail to get a reply, the young WPC peers through the letterbox and discovers a blood-stained body lying on the floor.  Lucy Payne is close to death and while an ambulance is called the two constables search the cellar only to find a locked door and a shadow blocking out the light.

Breaking down the door they come face to face with a serial killer (Marcus Payne) who runs at the constables erratically wielding a machete. Within seconds PC Morrissey‘s neck has been slashed twice and is crumpled on the floor dying, with self-preservation key the WPC brandishes her baton and Marcus Payne is left in a coma.

It’s a rather frenetic start to the series and although the action doesn’t continue throughout the 60 minute episode, there’s more than enough to keep you entertained.

With slick production values, this has the makings of a highly successful series but I’ll reserve judgement until the second episode airs next Monday night. It will be interesting to see how DCI Banks is received. Tomkinson is supported by Andrea Lowe who plays the determined DS Annie Cabbot.

Aftermath is the 12th novel in the Banks series and is widely considered as Peter Robinson’s breakthrough novel.

Cast Listing (order of appearance)

Maggie Forrest – Monica Dolan

PC Janet Taylor – Sian Breckin

PC Dennis Morrisey – Michael Keogh

Lucy Payne – Charlotte Riley

Marcus Payne – Samuel Roukin

Paramedic – Matt Chapman

DCI Banks – Stephen Tompkinson

DS Winsome Jackman – Lorraine Burroughs

DS Ken Blackstone – Jack Deam

Jackie Wray – Barry Sloane

ICU Nurse – Justine Adams

Dr Mckenzie – David Smith

DS Annie Cabbot – Andrea Lowe

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6 Responses to “DI Banks – Aftermath on ITV”

  1. Lynn says:

    Having read the original book, which was fast paced and involving and also having the benefit of having read the sequel I couldn’t believe how it was possible to make a tv show which was so slow and boring. The major fault in the adaptation was the hideous miscasting of both Banks and Annie. By far the worse being the physical and mental inappropriateness of Stephen Tomkinson. I am sure he is a respected actor but he sure as hell aint no Banks!! There are many forums for the fans of Peter Robinson’s writing and without exception all are up in arms that the producers appear to have given no thought to staying loyal to the characters. There is a consensus to the type of actor the fans thought appropriate and that would be in the physical appearance of Neil Pearson. Annie is also woefully inaccurate in portrayal

    • Milo says:

      I’ve only read Bad Boy – introduced to the series late! But I have to admit I did see Banks as a different actor even with my limited knowledge of Banks. Tompkinson is a great actor and I’m sure a lot of Robinson’s fans would have been disappointed with the casting. Thanks for the comment Lynn.

  2. Keith says:

    Hmmm,strange comments as Peter Robinson states that he feels both the screenplay AND casting are excellent, but of course as a fan you would know that?
    If in doubt see his OFFICIAL website.
    I liked it very much and felt Tomlinson made a very good Banks, if perhaps (as Robinson comments) a little on the short side.
    BTW Born and bred in N Yorks

  3. […] Please be aware that this summary contains spoilers from the second episode which aired on the 4th October, 2010 on ITV. Please stop reading if you haven’t watched the episode. Episode 1 Summary and thoughts. […]

  4. felicity says:

    I have never read any of the books (I will now!) so I didn’t have any preconceived ideas of what Banks would be like. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait for more!

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