ITV Renews ‘DCI Banks’ For Third Season

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It’s been an open secret for the past six months, but ITV just formally announced that they’ve renewed their drama series DCI Banks for a third season. The series has received a pick up for a further six episodes (as three two-parters), with production slated to commence this August in Yorkshire.

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, Lorraine Burroughs and Jack Deam. Robert Murphy is returning to lead the writing team, with Emma Kingsman-Lloyd also returning as a producer. The executive producers are Andy Harries, Gabriel Silver and Robert Murphy.

“DCI Banks has become a firm favourite amongst the ITV Drama audience and I’m very pleased we have commissioned a third series,” said ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November, who recommissioned the series.  “The new stories will pose searching questions for Banks as ultimately he’s forced to take extreme action to keep his team together.”

While Executive producer Andy Harries added: “I’m delighted by the continued success of DCI Banks.  Stephen Tompkinson and the whole team have turned a hit series of novels into an international success story that began, like so many of the great TV detectives, on ITV.”