ITV’s ‘DCI Banks’ Renewed For Fourth Season

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ITV has renewed their Stephen Tompkinson fronted drama DCI Banks for a fourth season, TVWise has learned.

The commercial broadcaster has ordered six episode for the show’s fourth season, in line with the episode orders the show has received for the past three years. As usual, the six episode order will comprise of three tw0–part stories. Production is slated to commence later this month in Yorkshire for a 2015 premiere.

Based on the novels written by Peter Robinson, DCI Banks was developed for television by Robert Murphy and follows Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks as he conducts murder investigations alongside his colleagues. The drama series is produced by Left Bank Pictures and stars Stephen Tompkinson, Andrea Lowe, Caroline Catz, Keith Barron and Polly Hemmingway. The executive producers are Radford Neville and Andy Harries.

“DCI Banks is much loved by the ITV audience and I’m thrilled a fourth series has been commissioned,” said ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November, who commissioned the fourth season alongside ITV’s Head of Drama Series Jane Hudson.

“This series will see Banks pushed to the limit as he tackles his toughest crimes to date whilst dealing with a personal tragedy which turns his life upside down”, commented Hudson.

While Left Bank Pictures CEO and Executive Producer Andy Harries added: “What people love about DCI Banks is the compelling stories that are drawn from real life and often inspired by real events.  It’s a proper British detective show set in the heart of modern Yorkshire.”