DCI Banks (2010–2016)
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Strange Affair: Part 1 

A new case becomes personal when Banks discovers that his brother Roy is missing and Roy's girlfriend has been shot dead.


Tim Fywell


Peter Robinson (novel), Robert Murphy




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Tompkinson ... DCI Alan Banks
Andrea Lowe ... DS Annie Cabbot
Caroline Catz ... DI Helen Morton
Lorraine Burroughs ... DS Winsome Jackman
Jack Deam ... DC Ken Blackstone
Nicholas Sidi ... CS McLaughlin (as Nick Sidi)
Keith Barron ... Arthur Banks
David Westhead ... Gareth Lambert
Eve Matheson Eve Matheson ... Elise Lambert
Lucy Briers Lucy Briers ... Dr. Janet Lucas
Lisa Kay ... Corinne
Alan Park Alan Park ... Roy Banks
Vicky Hall Vicky Hall ... Linda
Alan McKenna ... Dr. Burns
Heida Reed ... Carmen


With Annie due for maternity leave icily efficient inspector Helen Morton joins Banks' team to investigate the murder of Jennifer Lewis,shot dead in her car,where Banks' address is also discovered on a scrap of paper. Banks himself disappears following an answer phone message for help from his wide boy brother Roy,but Roy is missing from home and neither Corinne,his girl-friend,or his father Arthur know of his whereabouts. His business partner Gareth Lambert tells Banks that Roy was having an affair with Jennifer and CCTV from the garage where she bought petrol an hour before her murder shows Jennifer with Roy. Whilst Helen Morton is questioning Banks the news comes in that Roy has been shot dead with the same gun that killed Jennifer Lewis. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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10 October 2012 (UK) See more »

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The phone message from Roy Banks at the beginning doesn't match the same message on Alan's answerphone later as he omits saying "Alan" when played back. See more »

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Banks's Brother
9 January 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

So "Doc Martin's Wife" can't play any role other than "Doc Marin's Wife." She has been chosen because of her fragility and her lack of self esteem. She is a stumbling block to Banks and does a good job of being the clueless, insensitive newby. What works is the mysterious phone call from Banks' brother, that he is in trouble and Banks putting aside everything to see what is going. We get a view of the Banks family and the pecking order in the family. We have an overzealous replacement for Annie Cabbot getting in Banks' face and getting it right back. Her assumption that he is complicit is way beyond the acceptable bounds. There is a dead woman, shot in the head in close proximity to the brother. The ending of the first half really intensifies everything.

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