ITV has renewed their Stephen Tompkins fronted drama series DCI Banks for a fifth season, TVWise has learned. Six episodes have been ordered for season five, which begins production in Yorkshire early next year for a 2016 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 and Caroline Catz.
Along with the renewal, ITV has announced a slight change in format for the series. While, just as in previous years, the six episode order will comprise three two-part stories, the show will also take on a more serialised tone this year, with a plot-line that carries through all six episodes. Said plot-line sees Banks confront a powerful adversary, who has been dubbed by his superiors as too big to bring down, setting in motion a chain of events that rips at the very fabric of his life, both professional and personal.
“DCI Banks has become a firm favourite with the ITV drama audience and this series will be the grittiest yet,” said ITV’s Head of Drama Series Jane Hudson, who commissioned the show’s fifth season alongside ITV’s Head of Drama Steve November.. “We’ll see the team embark on an investigation that will truly change things forever.”
The writing team for the fifth season includes Lewis scribe Chris Murray, and return DCI Banks writers Nicholas Hicks-Beach and Paul Logue; all of whom work alongside novelist Peter Robinson. Anne-Louise Russell is on-board as the series producer, while Radford Neville, who produced season four, has been bumped up to co-executive producer. Left Bank Pictures CEO Andy Harries is the executive producer.
“I’m delighted we are producing a fifth series of DCI Banks, one of ITV’s best loved dramas”, Left Bank Pictures Chief Executive and Executive Producer Andy Harries said in a statement. “The stunning backdrop of the Yorkshire countryside is deeply contrasted with the uncompromising storylines the team are dealing with.”