Plots to play by the book

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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.

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