DCI Banks (2010–2016)
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What Will Survive: Part 1 

The investigation of a young Estonian woman's death leads Banks to uncover a world of prostitution and drugs hidden behind a respectable veneer.


David Richards


Peter Robinson (characters), Nicholas Hicks-Beach (as Nick Hicks-Beach)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Tompkinson ... DCI Alan Banks
Andrea Lowe ... DS Annie Cabbot
Caroline Catz ... DI Helen Morton
Jack Deam ... DC Ken Blackstone
Danny Rahim ... DC Tariq Lang
Keith Barron ... Arthur Banks
Polly Hemingway ... Ida Banks
Edward MacLiam ... David Hornby
Badria Timimi ... Dr. Allen
Steve Toussaint ... Michael Osgood
Aron Julius Aron Julius ... Robbie Osgood
Darren Morfitt Darren Morfitt ... Jason McCready
Kate Rutter ... Maureen McCready
Charlie Heaton ... Gary McCready
Holli Dempsey ... Jodie Nash


After celebrating his birthday with his parents and friends Banks is called to investigate the murder of Estonian Katrin Vesik, who worked in a beauty salon and had recently been in a fight with racist Shane Harris. Katrin had come to England to find her sister Annika and had rung the police the night she died. Katrin's colleague Jodie tells Banks that Annika was involved in drugs and prostitution though entrepreneur Jason McCready, boss of an escort agency, denies knowing her. Michael Osgood, another victim of racism and father of autistic Robbie, however admits that he knew Annika. Whilst investigating the crime Banks must also deal with a family tragedy. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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4 March 2015 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


This was the first original story written especially for TV, not based on a novel by Peter Robinson but only on the characters that he has created. See more »


When DCI Banks's parents give him a gift voucher in the pub, it is for £10. However when he looks at it at later on, at home, it is for £20. See more »

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Attacking the Weak
12 January 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Several people, because of their nationality, their sex, their desperation, or their illnesses, are harassed or murdered. Banks has his own issues because his taciturn, depressed father will have nothing to do with him after his mother dies. It is an episode of great pain for everyone. Each time one of these victims is assaulted in some way, we don't see how it could get worse. It does, however. It will be interesting to see how some of this gets resolved. It won't be a sense of equal justice. I guarantee it.

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