|Based on||Novels by Peter Robinson|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||3|
|No. of episodes||20 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Andy Harries
|Running time||45 minutes (x2)|
|Production company(s)||Left Bank Pictures|
|Original channel||ITV, STV, UTV|
|Original run||27 September 2010– present|
DCI Banks is a British crime drama series produced by Left Bank Pictures for the ITV network. The series is based on Peter Robinson's Inspector Alan Banks novels and stars Stephen Tompkinson as Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks. In 2013, the series won in the drama category at the regional Royal Television Society Yorkshire Programme Awards.
In January 2010, author Peter Robinson signed with Left Bank Pictures and ITV to adapt novels from the Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks series for television. Filming on a two-part pilot based on Aftermath was completed in July 2010, with scenes filmed in Leeds. DCI Banks: Aftermath aired on ITV, STV & UTV 27 September and 4 October 2010. The two episodes drew 6.55 million viewers, twice becoming the fifth most-watched programme on the ITV network that week. ITV commissioned six episodes — three two-part dramas adapted from three novels.
The first full series consisted of three two-part dramas based on three novels. Filming began in February 2011 and included locations in Otley for Friend Of The Devil. Some shop names were unchanged during filming. The first episode, Playing With Fire, aired 16 September 2011, and drew an average of 4.5 million viewers. The subsequent two 2-part dramas, Friend of The Devil and Cold is The Grave, achieved similar ratings.
ITV commissioned a second series. Filming began in March 2012, and episodes began broadcasting from 10 October. For this series, the novels Dry Bones That Dream, Innocent Graves and Strange Affair were adapted. With Andrea Lowe on maternity leave, Stephen Tompkinson was joined by Caroline Catz as DI Helen Morton, a character not in the novels.
Sally Haynes, head of the ITV drama commissioning, said of the second series: "DCI Banks is now established as a firm favourite within ITV's crime drama slate. We're delighted so many viewers are appreciating Robert Murphy’s adaptations and how the team at Left Bank Pictures are producing DCI Banks." On 1 December 2012, Peter Robinson announced on his website " that DCI Banks has been recommissioned for a third series of six one-hour episodes (again, three two-parters), according to a revised statement posted June 17, 2013, based on three books: Wednesday’s Child, Piece of My Heart, and Bad Boy. The revised announcement said filming would begin in August 2013, broadcast dates to be confirmed later. In January 2013, Stephen Tompkinson mentioned in an interview "I’m pleased to say [DCI Banks has] recently been commissioned for a third series, which should start filming later in the year," and in a subsequent interview he said: "In series three [DCI Alan] Banks will be assisted by both Annie and Helen," indicating that Lowe and Catz will return. Describing Alan Banks, Tompkinson said, "He is heavily reliant on his team and a great, almost patrician leader."
In an article written for The Telegraph when the pilot DCI Banks: Aftermath first aired in the UK, Peter Robinson wrote:
"A lot of people asked me about the casting of Stephen Tompkinson as Banks....I met Stephen early on in the process, and he wanted to...find out everything he could from me about the character. I was impressed by his dedication, and when I finally saw him 'in character' I thought he managed to convey the essence of Banks. Stephen is taller than the Banks in the books, and my Annie is a brunette, whereas Andrea Lowe plays her as a blonde. It doesn't matter. You can't expect exact duplication. No actor is going to satisfy everybody's image of the way a fictional character should look, but that doesn’t mean he or she can't capture that character's spirit."
|DCI Alan Banks||Stephen Tompkinson||2010–||1.1–||20|
|DS Annie Cabbot||Andrea Lowe||2010–||1.1–2.1, 3.1–||16|
|DI Helen Morton||Caroline Catz||2012–||2.1–||12|
|DS Ken Blackstone||Jack Deam||2010–||1.1–||20|
|DC Tariq Lang||Danny Rahim||2014–||3.3–||4|
|Ch. Supt. Ron McLaughlin||Nick Sidi||2011–2012, 2014-||1.8–2.6, 3.5-||9|
|DS Winsome Jackman||Lorraine Burroughs||2010–2012||1.1–2.6||14|
|DC Kevin Templeton||Tom Shaw||2011||1.3–1.6||4|
|Ch. Supt. Gerry Rydell||Colin Tierney||2010–2011||1.1–1.8||8|
– Character has a major role in the current series.
- Character who is no longer featuring in the series.
All episodes to date have been in two parts, often broadcast a week apart.
The pilot was broadcast in late 2010, and good viewing numbers ensured the making of the subsequent series. Each series has comprised three two-part episodes. Series 1 was broadcast in late 2011, Series 2 in late 2012, and Series 3 in early 2014.
On 9 January 2013, BBC Worldwide America announced a "landmark syndication deal" with public television stations in the US for DCI Banks to be available on 166 PBS affiliate stations, "reaching an estimated 77% of U.S. TV households". The syndication deal includes the pilot, and Series 1 and 2. Idaho Public Television created a website for the show and posted all the episodes to be streamed on demand in the US . Although each drama was shown in two parts over two weeks in the UK, on PBS they have been shown as single 90-minute dramas. Julius Cain of BBC Worldwide America, said: “This syndication deal marks the largest we have inked to date between BBC Worldwide America and public television stations."
DCI Banks has also been broadcast in Canada, and it aired in Norway on NRK1. In Sweden, national public service broadcaster SVT aired the pilot and three Series 1 episodes (each about 90 minutes in length). Similar airings occurred in Denmark. The pilot and Series 1 have also been aired in Finland (YLE1). In Estonia, national public service broadcaster ETV aired the pilot and Series 1 in autumn 2012, with Series 2 due to be aired in the end of September 2013. Series 1 was aired in Germany (ZDF) in 3 episodes of 90 minutes each, between 26 May and 9 June 2013 under the title Inspector Banks. In Australia, the show has aired on subscription TV channel, UKTV, and in May 2013, began screening on free-to-air station ABC1.
The Series 1 DVD was released for Region 2 (UK) on 31 October 2011. The two disc-set features the pilot Aftermath and the three two-part dramas of Series 1. Extra features include some deleted scenes and short interviews with Stephen Tompkinson and Andrea Lowe. The Region 2 DVD of Series 2 was released in the UK 19 November 2012, and contains three two-part dramas. Panvision has published DVDs of the pilot and Series 1 with subtitles in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Finnish.
-  Full cast & crew at IMDB.com
- Kanter, Jake (21 October 2010). "ITV orders six-part run of DCI Banks". Broadcast (Emap). Retrieved 17 September 2011. (subscription required)
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- DCI Banks to return for a new six-part series | Radio Times
- DCI Banks: Dry Bones That Dream: An Inspector Banks Mystery Inspector Banks 7: Amazon.co.uk: Peter Robinson: Books
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- DCI Banks: Strange Affair: An Inspector Banks Mystery Inspector Banks 15: Amazon.co.uk: Peter Robinson: Books
- DCI Banks to return for a new six-part series, Radio Times, 20 Mar 2012
- Interview: Stephen Tompkinson and Anna-Jane Casey, OK! Magazine, 18 January 2013
- Dour detective back on the beat, The West Australian, 4 April 2013
- Peter Robinson on DCI Banks's TV debut, The Telegraph, 21 September 2010
- BBC Worldwide inks milestone syndication deal with public television stations for British crime drama DCI Banks, BBC Media Centre, 9 January 2013
- DCI Banks | UK TV Australia. Retrieved 11 May 2013
- DCI Banks - Premiere | ABC website. Retrieved 11 May 2013
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