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Innocent Graves: Part 1 

The strangling of a wealthy financier's 16-year-old daughter unearths a complex web of lies and secrets for Banks to solve.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
DCI Alan Banks
DI Helen Morton
DS Winsome Jackman
CS McLaughlin (as Nick Sidi)
Owen Pierce
Simon Harris
Daniel Clayton
Charlotte Emmerson ...
Sophie Clayton
Defence Barrister Vizard
Chris Overton ...
Tyler Judd
Maddy Phillips
Glen Painter
Dr. Burns
Richard Cole ...
Dr. Glendinning


Teenager Ellie Clayton is strangled on her way home from rehearsing a play with her drama group. A witness saw a blue car near the murder scene and next day a young man torches a blue car. Simon Harris,business partner of Ellie's Internet entrepreneur father Daniel,tells Banks he believes Ellie had a boyfriend unknown to the family though her friend Becca disputes this. Owen Pierce,director of the theatre group is arrested. His alibi is unreliable and a former girlfriend claims he is rough and possessive though Owen points the police to ex-group member Tyler Judd - the boy who burned the car. However Pierce is charged with murder and appears in court but a clever barrister highlights procedural errors and he is discharged. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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7 November 2012 (UK)  »

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DCI Banks at its best
4 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This review relates to parts 1 and 2 of Innocent Graves. I haven't read the DCI Banks books, but I'm hooked on the TV series, and each episode does not disappoint me.

Each instalment is compelling, and Innocent Graves is no exception. James Callis (Owen Pierce in an outstanding performance) should have lawyered up big time for wrongful prosecution, and sure he didn't have clean hands (who does?), the scripting was such that were unsure if he was the murderer until the shocking twist.

For a while I thought Daniel Clayton could have been the one, and also Tyler Judd (Chris Overton in an electrifying performance). As to who the murderer really was, now that was a twist and I never saw that coming.

One motif of some DCI Banks episodes is the grand house in Yorkshire, owned by the victim's family. It's a contrast to the gritty streets of Leeds, and I especially like the grey clouds, and rolling greens of the Dales. Just proves that not all houses in the UK are doll-sized.

This is the final instalment of season 2, and DS Helen Morton (Caroline "Doc Martin" Catz) is settling in well, despite her obsessive compulsiveness.

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