DCI Banks

Series 1 - 3. Friend of the Devil - Part One

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Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

Do we watch crime dramas from a need to see the darkest horrors played out on screen? If so, the Banks saga doesn’t disappoint.

In tonight’s opening scene we see a terribly scarred, paralysed young woman in a wheelchair pushed up a bleak hill to have her throat cut. At which point you may decide that a swift pint is more the thing for a Friday night. But stick around, because grim
as it is, the story unfolds well, as Banks (Stephen Tompkinson) pursues his usual pit-bull-in-a-tea-shop approach of angrily accusing one suspect after another of murder.

What thickens the plot is that he’s on the case of a student raped and strangled in a back alley, while Annie (Andrea Lowe) investigates the moorland killing. We know their two cases will turn out to be linked, but we don’t know how.

About this programme

3/6. Part one of two. Cabbot investigates when a woman is found murdered on the moors. As the identity of the victim is established, it becomes apparent any number of suspects may have had a reason to want her dead. Meanwhile, Banks is called in when the body of a teenage girl is discovered in a storage room down an alleyway. Stephen Tompkinson and Andrea Lowe star.

Cast and crew


DCI Banks
Stephen Tompkinson
DS Annie Cabbot
Andrea Lowe
DS Winsome Jackman
Lorraine Burroughs
DC Ken Blackstone
Jack Deam
CS Rydell
Colin Tierney
DC Kevin Templeton
Tom Shaw
Timothy Randall
Ian Bartholomew
Di Botcher
Dina Howarth
Gail Burland
Claire Naylor
Joanna Burnett
Dr Elizabeth Waring
Raquel Cassidy
Gareth Todd
David Corden
Geoff Daniels
Tim Dantay
Malcolm Austin
Michael Maloney
Chelsea Pilton
Sarah Beck Mather
Donna Daniels
Susan Mitchell
Lucy Payne
Charlotte Riley
Jamie Morden
Morgan Watkins
Stuart Kinsey
Ian Weichardt
Dr Burns
Robert Wilcox
Hotel receptionist
Claire Eden
Sian Webber


Bill Anderson
Executive Producer
Andy Harries
Executive Producer
Francis Hopkinson
Stephen Smallwood
Laurence Davey