ITV adaptation of Peter Robinson’s DCI Banks have been on our screens for six years and five series, and have provided solid procedural fare with a memorable main character and supporting cast. Now, like all good things, it’s time to say goodbye to the jazz-loving, Moors-living, wine-drinking grump.
According to the Radio Times this afternoon:
After five series, ITV has taken the decision not to recommission DCI Banks. We’re grateful to the production team at Left Bank Pictures for creating the world of DCI Banks and the actors Stephen Tompkinson, Andrea Lowe and Caroline Catz for the commitment and dedication they’ve shown to their roles.
A shame then, but not the biggest surprise in the world. Stephen Tomkinson was very good as Banks, and Andrea Lowe and Caroline Catz were excellent in their supporting roles (although in some ways I thought they were the real stars of the show). I know people who thought DCI Banks – both the character and the show – was dull as dishwater, but I actually quite enjoyed it, thinking it to be solid, watchable fare. (Although, to be fair, I had drifted away from the show in the past year or so.)
So, farewell Banks!