|DC Blackstone, DS Jackman, DI Morton and DCI Banks. Pics: ITV|
As the last DCI Banks story in the current series begins on ITV1, writer and blogger Pat Nurse writes about liking the drama, while being less enamoured with its star…
|Caroline Catz and Stephen Tompkinson|
When the current series began, I made sure to watch it and I wasn’t disappointed. It has intrigue, mystery and suspense, but it’s not exactly groundbreaking. Banks is branded as a typical clichéd Yorkshireman – grumpy, down-to-earth, loves the moors, doesn’t suffer fools and he loves jazz music. He will be a cantankerous old git when he retires. He is more than halfway there already.
Fast-paced, good plots
However, DCI Banks the series isn’t as edgy as the books owing to Tompkinson’s overwhelming presence. The character has become larger than Robinson’s original creation thanks the the actor’s interpretation of him. I get Annie’s attraction to him in the book but not in the TV character. Sexy and charismatic are not Tompkinson’s middle names, but maybe that’s just me.