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Series 5 of the ITV drama with Stephen Tompkinson may be its best run yet.
DCI Banks has always been a solid, satisfying procedural, which sees the brooding Yorkshire landscape accentuating the loneliness of the workaholic copper. But the stakes are even higher in this outing, featuring a simmering story arc in which the dogged detective (Stephen Tompkinson) is circling property mogul Steve Richards (Shaun Dooley). Banks, like former ITV mainstay Morse, has no time for spivvy businessmen, especially when they’ve escaped a murder rap. With cases involving teenage suicide, a murder within the Chinese community in Leeds and the inevitable, final showdown between Banks and Richards, the two-part format builds the suspense and keeps you guessing. The direction isn’t flashy, though there are several stylish sequences (including a tense ransom delivery that doesn’t go to plan) and plenty of procedural nitty-gritty, particularly from the details-obsessed DI Helen Morton (Caroline Catz).
For all the enjoyable familiarity in meeting up with the team again – Banks and DS Annie Cabbot (Andrea Lowe) are still trying to get together – this is ultimately a shocking season with a hardhitting emotional finale. DCI Banks is better than ever.
Dimorton in full-on ‘winding up Banks by asking questions’ mode.