Almost forgotten in the ever-expanding British crime drama canon isDCI Banks – the doughty, always-solid procedural starring Stephen Tompkinson as the jazz-loving, Yorkshire-dwelling, titular detective. ITV announced today the show, based on the novels by Peter Robinson, will return in early 2016 for a new, six-part run.
Tompkinson reprises his role as DCI Alan Banks with Andrea Lowe playing DS Annie Cabbot and Caroline Catz as DI Helen Morton.
The new series will not only feature self-contained stories told over two episodes, but also a serial crime story that weaves through the whole series, which sees Banks forced to question all that he holds dear as he pits his detective skills against criminals who will stop at nothing to escape the law.
When Banks confronts a powerful adversary who has been dubbed by his superiors as too big to bring down, Banks’ dogged pursuit of justice sets in motion a chain of events that rips at the very fabric of his life, both professional and personal. Banks needs his team around him but Helen’s rule-following approach threatens to undermine him and her desire for promotion could cause a divisive rift. Spurred on by Helen’s ambition, Annie pursues her own results-driven, gut instinct style of policing, and Ken faces a dilemma when he is entrusted with a secret about Annie’s marriage.
The first story finds Banks drawn into the dark world of cyber shaming and self-harm when a school teacher and pupil are found dead. In the second story, Annie discovers a disturbing secret as the team investigate a kidnap within Leeds’ Chinese community, and in the final two episodes, Banks’ team question how far he will go in pursuit of justice when he enters a dangerous cat-and-mouse game to pin down a man who is seemingly outside the reach of the law.