Plots to play by the book
Andrea Lowe says TV crime series DCI Banks is a hit because its storylines are straight from the pages of successful novels. Lowe plays Detective Sergeant Annie Cabbot in the British television series adapted from Peter Robinson’s Inspector Alan Banks novels and also starring Stephen Tompkinson (above). Robinson has penned no fewer than 20 books about Inspector Banks since he introduced the character in 1987. The second season of DCI Banks starts in Australia on April 4 and a third series of the drama has been commissioned. Storylines focus more on crimes than characters. This is one reason why DCI Banks is not a run-of-the-mill cops and robbers show, says Lowe. ‘‘We really follow the books,’’ she says. ‘‘They are based heavily on the crime and it’s not about the relationships. Peter (Robinson) has quite a dark side . . . the crimes are quite brutal and the series is quite unique.’’ The second series, consisting of three two-part dramas, sends Lowe off on maternity during the second series. Lowe was carrying her first child when filming started so the writers made that part of the series. ‘‘I’ve had lots of fictional babies, but nothing quite prepares you for the real thing,’’ she says. ‘‘I’m ready to get out there again.’’
Even though Lowe, a mother for 10 months, is not a household name in Australia, her face may be familiar with fans of UK-made dramas and telemovies. Among her list of credits are Silent Witness, The Bill, Coronation Street, Cracker (telemovie) and Murphy’s Law. ‘‘There are so many police shows on TV that you have to approach it (the character) as your own.’’
Thursdays from April 4, 8.30pm, UKTV.