Stephen Tompkinson and Andrea Lowe star as the tenacious and stubborn Chief Inspector Alan Banks and the feisty and headstrong Detective Sergeant Annie Cabbot in thrilling crime stories. The Yorkshire countryside provides a striking and contrasting backdrop to these stories based on the Inspector Banks novels by Peter Robinson.
Number 27 The Hill is a seemingly ordinary house in an ordinary street. But when police officers Janet Taylor and Dennis Morrisey arrive, it’s clear things are far from normal. The young, beautiful Lucy Payne is unconscious in the hallway of the house, bleeding from a head wound. Hiding in the cellar is her husband – Marcus Payne – ready to wield a knife at anyone who tries to enter, desperate to protect his secret.
By the time Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks is called to the house, one of the officers is dead, the other fighting for life and career. Hidden behind the walls and floor of the cellar are the bodies of young women with one thing in common – they all have blonde hair. This discovery marks the start of a shocking investigation that tests Inspector
Banks to the limit.
“Playing with Fire”
When a fire on a houseboat leads to the discovery of the charred body of Leslie Whittaker, Banks and Annie believe they have uncovered a case of art fraud when a briefcase, containing a forgery of a famous Turner painting and £25,000 in cash, is found in the hull of the boat. At the scene, Banks crawls through the wreckage of the boat, and is informed that an unoccupied second boat, belonging to British Waterways, was moored alongside Whittaker’s boat at the time of the fire, and that it subsequently sank when the fire spread on to it. The investigation soon leads to Jake McMahon, a local artist known to have connections with Whittaker.
“Friend of the Devil”
Annie is called to the scene of a murder on Eastvale moor, and arrives to find a paralyzed female in a wheelchair who had had her throat cut. Meanwhile, Banks is called to the scene of a girl found murdered in an alleyway in the town center. Hayley Daniels, who had been out partying with her friends the previous night, is found strangled with her knickers in her mouth, and Banks immediately suspects the man who found her - a local shopkeeper, Timothy Randall.
“Cold Is the Grave”
Banks is asked by Superintendent Gerry Rydell to track down his missing daughter, Emily, and Annie gets lumbered with an armed carjacking and the murder of a small-time crook, Charlie McKai. Travelling from Eastvale to South London, Banks comes across one of Emily’s friends and her ex-flatmate, Ruth, who informs him that since their bust-up, Emily has been living with a well-known criminal and drug baron, Barry Clough. Paying a visit to Clough, Banks realises that Emily could be in danger, and after encouragement from Emily’s mother, decides to try and persuade her to return to
Eastvale with him.
When DCI Alan Banks receives a disturbing message from his brother Roy, he drops everything to find him, just as new recruit DI Helen Morton finds evidence linking Banks to the body of a murder victim. With his brother dead, Banks and his family struggle to come to terms with his murder, whilst Helen must now re-examine her own assumptions as she launches a double murder enquiry.