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Monday, 7 December 2015

DCI Banks to Return for New Series

ITV have confirmed that DCI Banks will return for a new six-part series which they claim to be its grittiest yet.

Stephen Tompkinson, Andrea Lowe and Caroline Catz are all set to reprise their roles of DCI Alan Banks, DS Annie Cabbott and DI Helen Morton respectively.

This new series, based on the books by Peter Robinson, will see the Yorkshire Detective tested in his toughest investigation yet. The drama will not only feature self-contained stories told over two episodes, but, in an explosive serial crime story that weaves through the whole series, DCI Banks will be forced to question all that he holds dear, as he pits his detective skills against criminals who will stop at nothing to escape the law.

When Banks confronts a powerful adversary who has been dubbed by his superiors as too big to bring down, Banks’ dogged pursuit of justice sets in motion a chain of events that rips at the very fabric of his life, both professional and personal. Banks needs his team around him but Helen’s rule-following approach threatens to undermine him and her desire for promotion could cause a divisive rift.  Spurred on by Helen’s ambition, Annie pursues her own results-driven, gut instinct style of policing, and Ken faces a dilemma when he is entrusted with a secret about Annie’s marriage.

The first story finds Banks drawn into the dark world of cyber shaming and self-harm when a school teacher and pupil are found dead. In the second story, Annie discovers a disturbing secret as the team investigate a kidnap within Leeds’ Chinese community, and in the final two episodes, Banks’ team question how far he will go in pursuit of justice when he enters a dangerous cat-and-mouse game to pin down a man who is seemingly outside the reach of the law.

Stephen Tompkinson said of the news, "I couldn’t be more thrilled that DCI Banks is returning.  Series five is taking us to its most dramatic place so far and I can’t wait to be reunited with the cast and crew to make our most memorable series to date.”

DCI Banks will begin filming in the stunning county of Yorkshire in early 2016.


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