DCI Banks: TV detective series uses Yorkshire in best supporting role

Stephen Tompkinson filming a scene in Harrogate for the new series of DCI Banks.
Stephen Tompkinson filming a scene in Harrogate for the new series of DCI Banks.
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There’s no mystery about which county has the key supporting role in hit TV cop drama DCI Banks.

Yorkshire provided the backdrop for last year’s first series of the show, which stars Stephen Tompkinson.

Producers have now headed back to the Broad Acres for filming on the programme’s second run and have so far used locations in Burley, Alwoodley, Morley and Thorpe Park in Leeds. They have also been shooting at the Cairn Hotel in Harrogate, where the Yorkshire Evening Post was given a sneak peak.

The show is being made for ITV by Left Bank Pictures, the production company behind Leeds United film The Damned United.

Writer Robert Murphy, meanwhile, is again heading up the task of adapting the hugely-popular Banks novels for the small screen.

ITV controller of drama commissioning Sally Haynes said: “DCI Banks is now established as a firm favourite within ITV’s crime drama slate.

“We’re delighted so many viewers are appreciating Robert Murphy’s adaptations and how the team at Left Bank Pictures are producing them.” Tompkinson (Wild At Heart, Drop The Dead Donkey) plays the programme’s lead character, brooding Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks.

The second series features a new addition to the policing team in the shape of Detective Inspector Helen Morton, played by Caroline Catz (Doc Martin, The Vice).

Other cast members include Keith Barron (Duty Free, Where The Heart Is) and Polly Hemingway (Wallander, Heartbeat).

Banks novelist Peter Robinson is originally from Castleford and studied at the University of Leeds.

The three books being adapted for the six-part new series are Strange Affair, Dry Bones That Dream and Innocent Graves.