Wednesday's Child - Part One

Series 3 - Episode 1 Wednesday's Child - Part One

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Review

The eternally tormented DCI Alan Banks (Stephen Tompkinson) seems to have lightened up a little at the start of a new series, enough to host a barbecue at his lovely cottage on the moors. He even manages a wistful little smile as his clever sergeant Annie Cabbot returns from maternity leave with a cute baby. But the levity, such as it is, doesn’t last when a mother reports that her 11-year-old son has disappeared from his home on a grim estate.

A man and a woman claiming to be social workers arrived at her door and took the child, but the story sounds hollow to Banks, Annie and DI Helen Morton, particularly when they discover that the boy was a tearaway and his mum is fond of the bottle.

It’s a workmanlike, often harrowing crime drama adapted from Peter Robinson’s book Wednesday’s Child.

Summary

The crime drama starring Stephen Tompkinson returns with the first of a two-part story. A man and woman claiming to be social workers visit a mother and tell her they need to take her son away. However, when they fail to bring him back, it transpires that the pair are not known by the authorities. Banks is drawn into a full-scale search for the missing boy, but new evidence and inconsistent witness statements cause the detective to question the truth of what he has been told. Co-starring Andrea Lowe, Caroline Catz, Christine Bottomley and John Lightbody.

Cast & Crew

DCI Banks Stephen Tompkinson
DS Annie Cabbot Andrea Lowe
DI Helen Morton Caroline Catz
DC Ken Blackstone Jack Deam
Katy Heath Christine Bottomley
Chivers Geoff Bell
Paul Cain John Lightbody
Chelsea Rebecca Calder
Kyle Heath Oliver Woollford
Mark Campbell Rick Warden
Michael Morton Matt Lanigan
Roger Harris Andrew Frame
Marian Harris Heather Bleasdale
Joseph Forbes Ben Lambert
Steven Morton Matthew Newman
Kevin Jamie Rooney-West
Head teacher Sara Powell
Arcade attendant Sushil Chudasama
Reporter Darryl Clark
Adapted By Robert Murphy
Director Bill Eagles
Executive Producer Andy Harries
Executive Producer Gabriel Silver
Executive Producer Robert Murphy
Producer Emma Kingsman-Lloyd
Writer Peter Robinson
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