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DCI Banks: Aftermath

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A young woman is unconscious, bleeding from a head wound. Hiding in the cellar is her husband, ready to wield a knife at anyone who tries to enter, desperate to protect his secret. What happens next leaves one of the officers dead, the other fighting for her career and Inspector Banks with a chilling murder investigation that will test him to the limit. The beauty and tranquility of England’s Yorkshire Dales provides a striking and contrasting backdrop in this thrilling psychological drama that brings Peter Robinson's fictional detective to the small screen for the first time.


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  • Actors: Stephen Tompkinson, Andrea Lowe, Lorraine Burroughs, Jack Deam
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 3, 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00D49YBTA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,241 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ramm TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 30, 2013
Format: DVD
Unlike my fellow Amazon Top 100 reviewer, K Harris (whose reviews I admire) , I was unfamiliar with the character of Chief Inspector DC Banks before seeing this film. Research after watching this DVD (I'm not a fan of "spoilers" and trusted the BBC label to give me a good detective story) I learned that this was a two-part "pilot" for a series that ran two seasons. (It was edited into one 90 minute "film" - I did notice a brief "pause" in the middle). So, if you are new to the character, I can only recommend that - like any good mystery - you go in knowing as little as possible before watching it.

There is a murder (in fact a few) and they are bloody (no spoiler here) and the story is told using flashback at points (in a creative way). The only thing that made me drop a star in my rating is that the action takes time out for a "romantic interlude" which detracts from the flow. (At least for me.)

The film is based on a novel (which I guess gets expanded in the subsequent "series", which I pan to look into watching; the main character did interest me.).

The DVD has no special features - just scene index and subtitle option (in case the accents are too thick for you.).

This is one of those crime series that the British do so well. Actually it was created by the commercial ITV Network but aired on cable on the BBC America channel and now released on the BBC Home Entertainment imprint.

If you want to know more about the plot I'll refer you to K's review. He covered it very well (though be prepared for "spoilers").

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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If you love contemporary cop shows and you haven't checked out the "DCI Banks" series, I'd strongly recommend that you take a look into it! This intense and no-nonsense offering from Britain plays by the rules of typical TV crimes procedurals, to be sure, but it does so with a refreshingly hard edge. "DCI Banks" ran for two six episode seasons in 2011 and 2012, but it kicked off in 2010 with the effective two-parter "Aftermath" (here combined and released at the feature length of ninety minutes). Some people, therefore, might consider this Season One of the Banks saga but really it's just a movie that introduces the primary characters who will extend into the following TV series. But whatever you want to call it, "Aftermath" is a gritty and entertaining film adapted from the popular novel by Peter Robinson. It may not necessarily be my favorite Banks case, but it does a great job introducing the characters and setting the mood that serves the series so well. First and foremost, an impassioned Stephen Tompkinson headlines the piece. He plays a fairly typical archetype: a disillusioned cop right on the edge of reason. But Tompkinson imbues Banks with just the right mix of integrity and volatility. You never know quite which way he's going to go.

"Aftermath" gets off to a quick and bloody start. When a woman hears a scream from across the street, she reports a domestic violence charge to the police for that address. When two patrol officers respond, they find the wife beaten on the ground and a macabre murder tableau in the basement. Just as they are taking in the sight of a tortured body, however, they are viciously attacked by the husband. It turns out that the police have been investigating the disappearance of five local women and they've just stumbled across the culprit.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By joyce conroy on October 14, 2013
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This video was well acted and very, very suspenseful. The scenery is lovely, the whole plot unfolds carefully and each actor makes us believe in the persona. I'd like to see more of this series.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Charlton on October 18, 2013
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and this series can really grow on you. Aftermath was the pilot of this episode and it's a chilling introduction to Alan Banks. Stephen Tompkinson plays a decent man besieged on all sides struggling to solve a horrifying series of murders. From the family of one of the victims, to the criminals and his own colleagues, all are trying to manipulate him.

I give this only four stars simply because it's not the best of British crime fiction, especially when compared to series like Foyle's War, or Sherlock but compared to American crime drama, this is very superior show.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Walker on March 3, 2014
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I've read ALL of the DCI Banks books, they are very dark and complex stories with dozen's of local characters and plenty of Red Herrings just like PD James, although the TV series had to cut a lot of the plot to make it fit into a 90 minute show they kept the heart of the story very well.
Are the books better ? of course (the audiobooks are great too, really good narrators) but this is a fine job of adaptation, great acting, scenery and local flavor.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By STRAIGHT BUT NOT NARROW on September 14, 2013
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Wetted my desire to see the series. DCI Banks is very emotional for a police officer... The Yorkshire countryside can look like scences from Midsomer Murders.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dale Hawkins on March 20, 2014
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Enjoyed it / good action / clean language / looking forward to the next one...
Good old English who done it... : o )
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Beatty on February 11, 2014
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I love British Crime Dramas because they rely on acting and writing as opposed to special effects or just blood and gore violence. There seems to be better and more real detective work going on. I am a bit biased as I just love English mysteries.
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