DCI Banks

Series 3 - 2. Wednesday's Child - Part Two

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Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

A young tearaway, Kyle Heath, is still missing from home, snatched by a couple claiming to be social workers. His feckless mother Katy (Christine Bottomley) is understandably weepy and distraught, though her mood isn’t helped by the cold judgement in the eyes of Det Insp Helen Morton. But Morton (Caroline Catz) has her own domestic problems with a troublemaking son.

It’s a dense, grubby story full of hopeless people trapped in despair, and as Banks (Stephen Tompkinson) and Det Sgt Annie Cabbot (excellent, underrated Andrea Lowe, who’s also in Inspector George Gently on Thursday) dig deeper, they unearth some dirty lies. Everyone, it seems, is up to no good – kids hang out in grotty amusement arcades, mixing with the wrong people, and the adults are exploitative and cruel.

About this programme

2/6. Part two of two. The detective now has a murder inquiry on his hands as the body found on the moors is identified as 11-year-old Andre Petri. With Kyle Heath still missing, Banks divides his team to search for a connection between the cases, and when post-mortem examinations show Andre was killed by a heroin overdose, it appears the two boys are linked by the illegal drug trade. Starring Stephen Tompkinson, with Andrea Lowe, Caroline Catz, Christine Bottomley and John Lightbody.

Cast and crew


DCI Banks
Stephen Tompkinson
DS Annie Cabbot
Andrea Lowe
DI Helen Morton
Caroline Catz
DC Ken Blackstone
Jack Deam
Katy Heath
Christine Bottomley
Geoff Bell
Paul Cain
John Lightbody
Rebecca Calder
Kyle Heath
Oliver Woollford
Mark Campbell
Rick Warden
Steven Morton
Matthew Newman
Mrs Petri
Gabriela Romanov
Angela Petri
Olivia Popica
Andre Petri
Marcus Willcock
Laura Richmond
Arcade attendant
Sushil Chudasama


Adapted By
Robert Murphy
Bill Eagles
Executive Producer
Andy Harries
Executive Producer
Gabriel Silver
Executive Producer
Robert Murphy
Emma Kingsman-Lloyd
Peter Robinson