Stephen Tompkinson is to return as DCI Alan Banks for a trilogy of new cases adapted from the novels of Peter Robinson, this time joined by Doc Martin actress Caroline Catz.
Catz will take on the role of DCI Helen Morton, a mum of four and a serious-minded detective who’s more at home in front of a computer than in front of a suspect and whose approach to policing will push Banks to the brink.
Regular sidekick DS Annie Cabbot will be seen heading off on maternity leave as actress Andrea Lowe is expecting her first child, although Cabbot does vow to return to support Banks on future cases.
Lead writer Robert Murphy who dramatised the pilot episode and the first series for Left Bank Pictures will return to adapt the opening episodes of series two – Strange Affair, in which we will learn more of Banks’s family, his parents and his roguish brother, a wealthy businessman who becomes embroiled in the case.
Keith Barron (Duty Free, Take Me Home) will play Banks’s father Arthur, while Polly Hemingway (Wallander, Heartbeat) will portray mother Ida.
Writer Rob Williams will then tackle Dry Bones that Dream, while Andrew Payne adapts the final story, Innocent Graves. Production on the six episodes begins at the end of March.
Sally Haynes of the ITV Drama commissioning team said of the new series: “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 DCI Banks.”