DCI Banks

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DCI Banks
Banks 595.jpg
Intertitle (2010–2016)
GenreCrime drama
Based onNovels by Peter Robinson
ComposerSheridan Tongue[1]
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series5 + Pilot
No. of episodes32 (list of episodes)
Executive producersAndy Harries
Francis Hopkinson
ProducerStephen Smallwoad
Running time45 minutes
Production companiesLeft Bank Pictures
ITV Studios
DistributorITV Studios
Original networkITV
Picture format16:9 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original release27 September 2010 (2010-09-27) –
5 October 2016 (2016-10-05)

DCI Banks is a British television crime drama series produced by Left Bank Pictures for the ITV network. Originally broadcast over five series in 2010–2016, the series was based on Peter Robinson's Inspector Alan Banks novels and stars Stephen Tompkinson as Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks.[2] In 2013, the series won in the drama category at the regional Royal Television Society Yorkshire Programme Awards.[3]


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.[4] Filming on a two-part pilot based on Aftermath was completed in July 2010, with scenes filmed in Leeds. DCI Banks: Aftermath was broadcast on ITV on 27 September and 4 October 2010.[4] The two episodes drew 6.55 million viewers, twice becoming the fifth most-watched programme on the ITV network that week.[5]

ITV commissioned six episodes – three two-part dramas adapted from three novels for the first series. Filming began in February 2011 and included locations in Otley for Friend of the Devil. Some shop names were unchanged during filming.[6][7] The first episode, Playing with Fire, aired 16 September 2011, and drew an average of 4.5 million viewers.[8] 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.[9] For this series, the novels Dry Bones that Dream,[10] Innocent Graves[11] and Strange Affair were adapted.[12] With Andrea Lowe on maternity leave, Stephen Tompkinson was joined by Caroline Catz as DI Helen Morton, a character not in the novels.[13] 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."[13]

On 1 December 2012, Peter Robinson announced on his website "[14] 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,"[15] and in a subsequent interview he said: "In series three [DCI Alan] Banks will be assisted by both Annie and Helen,"[16] 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."[16]

The show was originally shown on ITV but from June 2014 the show was repeated on ITV's subscription drama channel ITV Encore on Friday nights.

On 22 September 2014, ITV announced the show was renewed for a fourth series. Filming began in Yorkshire in September 2014.[17] The fourth series featured six hour-long original episodes inspired by Peter Robinson's books and aired from 4 March 2015 to 8 April 2015.

On 3 December 2015, ITV announced the show was renewed for a fifth and final series.[18][19]


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.[20]

Actor Character Rank Position Series Duration Episode count
1 2 3 4 5
Stephen Tompkinson Alan Banks Detective Chief Inspector Major Crimes S.I.O. Main 1.01—5.06 32
Andrea Lowe Annie Cabbot Detective Sergeant Major Crimes Detective Main 1.01—2.02
Caroline Catz Helen Morton Detective Inspector Major Crimes Deputy S.I.O. Main 2.01—5.06 24
Jack Deam Ken Blackstone Detective Sergeant Major Crimes Detective Also Starring 1.01—5.06 32
Lorraine Burroughs Winsome Jackman Detective Sergeant Major Crimes Detective Also Starring 1.01—2.06 14
Danny Rahim Tariq Lang Detective Constable Major Crimes Detective Also Starring 3.03—4.06 10
Samuel Anderson Vince Grady Detective Constable Major Crimes Detective Also Starring 5.01—5.06 06
Tom Shaw Kevin Templeton Detective Constable Major Crimes Detective Recurring 1.03—1.06 04
Nick Sidi Ron McLaughlin Detective Chief Superintendent Borough Commander Recurring 1.08—4.06 15
Colin Tierney Gerry Rydell Detective Chief Superintendent Borough Commander Recurring 1.01—1.08 08
Shaun Dingwall Colin Anderson Detective Chief Superintendent Borough Commander Recurring 5.01—5.06 06


All episodes, to date, have been in two parts, often broadcast a week apart. For re-broadcast on U.S. public television stations, the two parts are usually re-edited into a single 90-minute episode (without commercial interruption).

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, Series 3 in early 2014, Series 4 in early 2015 and Series 5 in late 2016.

International distribution[edit]

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."[21]

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,[22] and in May 2013, began screening on free-to-air station ABC1.[23] In France, the drama began on 2 November 2012 on Arte.

DCI Banks has also been broadcast in Saudi Arabia by OSN (Orbit Showtime Network) which had forged an exclusive deal with BBC First HD that would carry the broadcast to Middle East & North Africa with programming screening 48 hours after their UK premier.

DVD releases[edit]

The Series 1 DVD was released for Region 2 (UK) on 31 October 2011.[6] 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.[24] Panvision has published DVDs of the pilot and Series 1 with subtitles in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Finnish.


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  2. ^ Kanter, Jake (21 October 2010). "ITV orders six-part run of DCI Banks". Broadcast. Emap. Retrieved 17 September 2011. (subscription required)
  3. ^ "RTS Yorkshire Programme Awards 2013 Winners". 24 May 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 October 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Weekly top 30 programmes - BARB". www.barb.co.uk.
  6. ^ a b "DCI Banks - Series 1". 31 October 2011 – via Amazon.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 April 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "DCI Banks: Playing with Fire starring Stephen Tompkinson PREVIEW - CrimeTimePreview". 13 September 2011.
  9. ^ "DCI Banks to return for a new six-part series".
  10. ^ results, search (25 October 2012). DCI Banks: Dry Bones That Dream. Pan. ASIN 1447217926.
  11. ^ results, search (25 October 2012). DCI Banks: Innocent Graves. Pan. ASIN 144722549X.
  12. ^ results, search (25 October 2012). DCI Banks: Strange Affair. Pan. ASIN 1447217950.
  13. ^ a b "DCI Banks to return for a new six-part series". Radio Times.
  14. ^ "Peter Robinson's Official Website". Peter Robinson's Official Website.
  15. ^ Interview: Stephen Tompkinson and Anna-Jane Casey, OK! Magazine, 18 January 2013
  16. ^ a b "Dour detective back on the beat, The West Australian, 4 April 2013".
  17. ^ "DCI Banks returns for a fourth series".
  18. ^ "DCI Banks returns for new six-part series".
  19. ^ "DCI Banks will not be renewed for a sixth series". Radio Times. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  20. ^ Robinson, Peter (21 September 2010). "Peter Robinson on DCI Banks's TV debut" – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  21. ^ "BBC - BBC Worldwide inks milestone syndication deal with public television stations for British crime drama DCI Banks - Media Centre". www.bbc.co.uk.
  22. ^ "UKTV - Channels - BBC Australia - BBC Studios Australia". BBC Studios Australia.
  23. ^ "ABC Television - ABC1 - DCI Banks - Premiere - 8:30pm Saturday, May 11 2013". www.abc.net.au.
  24. ^ "DCI Banks - Series 2". 19 November 2012 – via Amazon.

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