DCI Banks

Series 2 - 5. Innocent Graves - Part One

Innocent Graves - Part One
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Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

One of the first rules of detection is not to make a promise you may not be able to keep. Yet Detective Alan Banks still guarantees the distraught father of 16-year-old Ellie Clayton that he will track down her murderer.
Ellie had been found, some time after leaving her regular theatre workshop, strangled and dumped in East Vale Valley Park. Could this ill-advised vow be the reason why the morose copper is so convinced that he’s found the killer even though DI Morten points out how woolly the evidence is? And is it wise to proceed considering how many of his cases the CPS have knocked back recently? The story concludes tomorrow.

About this programme

5/6. Part one of two. Frustrated that a number of cases have been knocked back by the Crown Prosecution Service, Banks and the team are called on to investigate the murder of teenager Ellie Clayton, daughter of a high-profile internet entrepreneur. The victim's background, together with the suggestion she may have been raped, means the incident is soon the subject of much media speculation, and strong evidence implicates a theatre director who ran a drama workshop the girl attended on the night she died. The detective believes he has found his man, but Morton fears her colleague isn't seeing the bigger picture.

Cast and crew


DCI Banks
Stephen Tompkinson
DI Helen Morton
Caroline Catz
DS Winsome Jackman
Lorraine Burroughs
DC Ken Blackstone
Jack Deam
CS McLaughlin
Nick Sidi
Owen Pierce
James Callis
Simon Harris
Derek Riddell
Daniel Clayton
Tim Dutton
Sophie Clayton
Charlotte Emmerson
Defence barrister Vizard
Diana Hardcastle
Tyler Judd
Chris Overton
Maddy Phillips
Alice Henley
Glen Painter
Iain Robertson
Dr Burns
Alan McKenna
Dr Glendinning
Richard Cole
Becca Smith
Sophie Skelton
Mrs Bentley
Anita Booth
Mr Clarke
Robin Bowerman
Judge Robinson
Will Tacey
Lauren Harris
Louise Wood
Ellie Clayton
Imogen Comrie
Pierce's solicitor
Martin Oldfield
Desk sergeant
Simon Smithies


Mat King
Executive Producer
Andy Harries
Executive Producer
Charles Elton
Executive Producer
Robert Murphy
Emma Kingsman-Lloyd
Andrew Payne
Rob Williams