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"DCI Banks" Playing with Fire: Part 1 (TV Episode 2011) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • Banks and his team investigate when book-seller Leslie Whittaker's charred corpse is found on his burnt-out houseboat along with a strong-box containing twenty thousand pounds and a Turner painting. An informant links Whittaker to crazy artist Jake McMahon,who specialises in forgeries whilst Annie Cabbot seeks the advice of art expert Mark Keane and gets personal with him. Christina Aspen's body is also found floating in the river and her girl-friend tells Banks she was about to inform on her father,an elderly doctor with a very young wife, Miranda,whose car was spotted near the murder scene. After Banks has struck Aspen for insulting a black policewoman McMahon's corpse is discovered.

    - Written by don @ minifie-1
  • DCI Banks and DS Annie Cabbot investigate a fire on a houseboat that took the life of its owner, 36 year-old Leslie Whittaker, an antiquarian book dealer. The fire investigator insists that it was arson and not a random fire. On the burned out boat the police find a metal container with £20,000 and what appears to be a Turner painting. A second body - that of Christina Aspern - is found floating in the river which presumably came from a second boat that caught fire from the first. It appears however that the dead woman was struck on the head and may have been unconscious at the time of the fire. A witness claims Christina should have been at her father Patrick's 60th birthday party on the evening of the fire. CCTV footage reveals that the car belonging to Patrick Aspern's very young wife Miranda was in the vicinity of the houseboat on the night of the murder. There is another death by fire.

    - Written by garykmcd
  • Two bodies are found after a fire on some narrow boats and Banks and DS Annie Cabbot find themselves on the trail of an arsonist who has killed two people.

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