DCI Banks (2010– )
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Cold Is the Grave: Part 1 

A case terrifyingly close to home occurs as Banks is asked by his boss to find his missing teenage daughter.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
CS Rydell
Diner Manager
Niall Gilbert
Ross Armstrong ...
PC Rickert
Ross Boatman ...
DI Richard Brownlow
Tony Grimes
Charlie McKay
Scott Dyet ...
Crash Scene Uniform
Paddy Fletcher ...
Night Porter
Gemma Hepworth ...
Ellie Jacob ...
Ruth Walker


Petty crook Charlie McKay is found murdered in a gangland execution after stealing a van. Meanwhile Banks goes to London to bring back Emily, the erring schoolgirl daughter of Chief Superintendent Rydell, whose topless photos have appeared on the Internet. Banks tracks her down living with violent criminal Barry Clough and returns her to her parents. However, after Emily has implied she has a lot of incriminating evidence about Clough, his henchman Niall Gilbert follows them and she disappears again. Then a young girl's corpse is discovered. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






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14 October 2011 (UK)  »

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When Banks enters The Porcupine pub, he requests a pint of bitter. Immediately, he takes a phone call, after which he swigs whiskey from a glass. No pint, no bitter. See more »


[At Chief Superintendent Rydell's request, Banks has found Rydell's daughter in London and brought her back home. Their taxi pulls up outside Rydell's house]
Emily Rydell: [wearily] Oh well, here we go. Tears, snot and shouting.
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A daughter who falls into the wrong crowd
22 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This review relates to parts 1 and 2 of Cold is the Grave. It's also the final episode(s) of series 1.

Stephen Tompkinson is DCI Banks, and he has definitely shed his image as the comedic reporter from Drop the Dead Donkey back in the 90s. I like this series, and it's sort of an antidote to Midsomer Murders if you know what I mean. There are some humorous moments in this rather grim episode, where Chief Superintendent Rydell and his wife beg DCI Banks to search for their wayward daughter who is somewhere in London, caught up in the wrong crowd. Banks has to be very discrete about this and not do it on police time.

Incidentally, Rydell and wife live in a fancy place (in the Yorkshire dales perhaps?) so kudos to the location scouts.

The ending seemed to crumble for DCI Banks, but he recovered and got the respect back of DS Annie Cabbot.

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