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Dry Bones That Dream: Part 1 

Banks is called in to investigate the death of a mild-mannered accountant who appears to be the victim of a contract killing.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
DS Winsome Jackman
DC Ken Blackstone
CS McLaughlin (as Nick Sidi)
Mary Rothwell
Patricia Potter ...
Pamela Jefferies
DCI Stuart Burgess
Arthur Jameson
Keith Rothwell
Laurence Pratt
Dermot Daly ...
Rachel Caffrey ...
Jim Millea ...


Keith Rothwell,an unassuming accountant with an overbearing wife Mary, is dragged from the family home and his head blown off by a masked intruder. Nothing is stolen. However musician Pamela Jefferies comes forward to say that she knew Rothwell as her married lover, Robert Calvert. Banks is not pleased when he meets DCI Burgess,an arrogant colleague at police college. He is investigating possible corruption by MP Martin Fleming. Solicitor Daniel Norcliffe disappears and Burgess believes he may be a link between Fleming and Rothwell in a money laundering fiddle. Then Pamela is savagely attacked. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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24 October 2012 (UK)  »

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[At a murder scene, a SOCO has found a piece of the page of a magazine used as makeshift wadding in a shotgun cartridge. Banks and Morton are examining it under a magnifying glass]
DCI Banks: Is that a...
SOCO: I think it is.
DCI Banks: And that could be a...
DI Helen Morton: Penis. First time I've seen one through a magnifying glass! You?
DCI Banks: I'm more interested in the sub machine-gun standing next to it.
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It Had to Be You
Written by Isham Jones and Gus Kahn
Performed by Ella Fitzgerald
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Parts 1 and 2 of "Dry Bones That Dream"
29 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here DCI Banks and his team (sans DS Cabbot, who is on maternity leave) attempt to solve the brutal murder of "unassuming accountant" Keith Rothwell (Dominic Mafham) after he and his wife returned home from a wedding anniversary with his status conscious wife. They return home to find their daughter bound and gagged, and then the murderer blows his head off in the garage.

Or does he?

Here DI Helen Morton (Caroline Catz of Doc Martin fame) attempts to be part of the team, and DCI offers helpful tips such as referring to colleagues as nicknames, joining them at the pub (DI Morton eschews pubs), buying them coffee, joking at the expense of colleagues, etc. DI Morton tries them, but with limited success. Also Morton referring to Banks as Banksy really offended Banks for some reason, even though his good friend refers to him as Banksy.

DI Banksy (I mean Banks) also strikes up a romance with someone who knew the victim, and he wonders whether to follow up the romance.

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