DCI Banks: ITV crime drama turns spotlight on Leeds locations

Stephen Tompkinson as DCI Banks and Andrea Lowe as Annie Cabbot.
Stephen Tompkinson as DCI Banks and Andrea Lowe as Annie Cabbot.
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Leeds will have a key supporting role when detective show DCI Banks hits the nation’s TV screens tonight.

Based on novels written by Yorkshire-born Peter Robinson, the six-part crime drama was filmed in and around the county’s unofficial capital city.

Landmarks used included Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds Metropolitan University’s Rose Bowl building and the city centre’s Adelphi pub.

Location and crewing support was provided by Screen Yorkshire, the Leeds-based agency that promotes the county’s media, broadcast and cinema industries.

And the team on the ITV1 programme couldn’t have been more impressed by their time working in the city.

Location manager Gary Barnes said: “It was a real pleasure to film in Leeds.

“It has such a wide range of locations and the city council are extremely friendly, they work closely with Screen Yorkshire.”

Actor Stephen Tompkinson fills the lead role in the show as brooding Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks.

He is promising viewers the same kind of rollercoaster ride offered by the drama’s pilot episode, which aired in September last year.

Stephen said: “The first episode is similar to the pilot as it goes straight in with a bang.

“In the pilot you had police officers getting attacked by machete-wielding psychopaths and in this one you’ve got a very stylishly-filmed man being set on fire!”

Peter Robinson, originally from Castleford and a University of Leeds graduate, is also delighted to see his literary creation back in TV action.

Referring to the pilot episode, he said: “You can only do so much in one two-hour adaptation of one novel, so I hope this will give everyone a chance to build on the success they have already had.”

The series was made for ITV by Left Bank Pictures, the production company behind football movie The Damned United.

* DCI Banks is on ITV1 tonight at 9pm.

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