UPDATE 7th OCTOBER 2012
It’s back … For those of you who have been searching the television listings for the last few months, this is just to let you know that the first episode of a 6 part series, starts this Wednesday 10th October 2012, from 9pm-10pm on ITV.
The first 2 episodes will be entitled ‘Strange Affair’ and is based on the Peter Robinson book of the same name (see below).
You can check out more details directly from the ITV press site, by clicking here.
Great news for any followers of crime writer Peter Robinson … It has just been announced that following the successful adaptation and broadcasting on television, of four books featuring Peter’s character DCI Alan Banks, the television company ITV has just commissioned another three books to be adapted for broadcasting in 2012.
The books to be adapted this time around are :
WEDNESDAY’S CHILD – 1992
When a well-dressed couple, claiming to be social workers, appear at Brenda Scupham’s door, saying they must take her seven-year-old daughter, Gemma, into care after allegations of abuse, Brenda is confused and intimidated enough to hand the child over.
But when the couple, Mr Brown and Miss Peterson, fail to bring Gemma home, Brenda realizes she has made a terrible mistake.
As the days go by, Detective Chief Inspector Banks begins to lose hope of finding Gemma alive. Then a rambler finds a body in the ruins of an old lead mine, and the two cases begin to converge in a terrifying way, leading Banks to a showdown with one of the most chillingly evil criminals he has ever come up against. Nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America.
DRY BONES THAT DREAM – 1994
(Released in the US and Canada as ‘Final Account’)
One May evening, two masked gunmen tie up Alison Rothwell and her mother, take Keith Rothwell, a local accountant, to the garage of his isolated Yorkshire Dales farmhouse, and blow his head off with a shotgun.
Why? This is the question Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks has to ask as he sifts through Rothwell’s life. Rothwell was generally known in the area as a mild-mannered, dull sort of person, but even a cursory investigation raises more questions than answers. When Banks’s old sparring partner, DS Richard “Dirty Dick” Burgess, turns up from the Yard, the case takes yet another unexpected twist, and Banks finds himself racing against time as the killers seem to be dogging his footsteps. Only after he pits his job against his sense of justice does he discover the truth. And the truth leads him to one of the most difficult decisions of his career.
STRANGE AFFAIR – 2005
When Alan Banks receives a disturbing message from his brother, Roy, he abandons the peaceful Yorkshire Dales for the bright lights of London, to seek him out. But Roy seems to have vanished into thin air.
Meanwhile, DI Annie Cabbot is called to a quiet stretch of road just outside Eastvale, where a young woman has been found dead in her car. In the victim’s pocket, scribbled on a slip of paper, police discover Banks’ name and address.
Living in Roy’s empty South Kensington house, Banks finds himself digging into the life of the brother he never really knew, nor even liked. And as he begins to uncover a few troubling surprises, the two cases become sinisterly entwined . . .
My thoughts about ‘Strange Affair’ can be read by clicking here.
As you can no doubt tell, I am something of a Peter Robinson fan, so although we still have no firm air dates as yet, or news regarding foreign sales, either for broadcast or on DVD …. keep watching this space for more details soon …