Nicknamed ‘Memory Lane’, he has a keen eye for detail and has total recall, when it comes to cases and the officers working on them. A recovering alcoholic and an obsessive compulsive, he comes across as a bit lacking in social skills. Lane was partly blamed for the death of someone in his custody, which led to him working for the unit, but he swears he was framed for it. Lane has a long-suffering wife called Esther and a son, Mark.
Lane is played by Alun Armstrong
Alan is famous for playing broad, colourful sometimes crazy characters and spent nine years with The Royal Shakespeare Company and has appeared in numerous Dickens adaptations. On the stage, he originated the role of Thénardier in the London production of Les Misérables and won an Olivier role for the lead role Sweeney Todd. On TV, he has appeared in Bedtime, Our Friends in the North and This Is Personal.