FOLLOW DCI BANKS ON THE TRAIL IN YORKSHIRE FOR NEW ITV DETECTIVE DRAMA (23/09/2010)
Sharp-eyed television viewers from the region may have recognised the backdrop of the slick new detective drama which debuted on ITV on Monday. DCI Banks: Aftermath, starring Stephen Tompkinson (Wild at Heart, Grafters) is based on the hugely successful novel from award-winning international crime writer Peter Robinson, who was born in Leeds. The first episode trumped BBC's flagship drama series Spooks in the ratings stakes - if you weren't one of the 5.6 million to tune in, there's still time to catch up online at: http://www.itv.com/itvplayer/ before episode 2, which screens on ITV next Monday at 9pm.
The 2 x 60 min drama, produced by Left Bank Pictures, was filmed on location in Yorkshire earlier this year. It's the third project Left Bank Pictures have based in the region in recent years, following the success of their shoots on The Damned United and Married Single Other. DCI Banks: Aftermath was commissioned by Sally Haynes for ITV and directed by James Hawes, whose credits include award-winning BBC drama Enid. Screen Yorkshire provided crewing and locations support to the production team throughout the shoot.
Tompkinson stars alongside Andrea Lowe (Coronation Street, Route Irish), Charlotte Riley (The Take, Wuthering Heights), Monica Dolan (U B Dead, Occupation), Samuel Roukin (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Solomon Kane) Lorraine Borroughs (Identity, New Tricks), Jack Deam (The Street, Shameless), Colin Tierney (Nowhere Boy, Cracker) and Barry Sloan (Hollyoaks, The Mark of Cain).
What lies behind the door of number 27 The Hill? A routine ‘domestic' call out to the house leads to a policeman's murder, the suspect grievously injured and a shocking discovery made... DCI Alan Banks has to investigate the most difficult case of his life. Five young girls have gone missing, and he's just discovered the lair of a serial rapist and killer. Four bodies. Which means one, Leanne Wray could still be alive... But the suspect Marcus Payne is in a coma, and the ambitious DS Annie Cabbot, from Professional Standards, wants to know why. As Banks pursues his line of investigation she is ‘tailing' him every step of the way.
Francis Hopkinson, Executive Producer on DCI Banks, says of his experience filming in Yorkshire:
"It was very important to stay true to Peter Robinson's books, which are all based in the fictional town of Eastvale - which is very much in the real life locale of Yorkshire. It was great to be able to use the very places that Peter Robinson had written about. We shot in Spring of this year and had a very successful and smooth shoot. Our locations went from around the streets of Leeds to the magnificent Yorkshire Dales. We used local facilities and the majority of our excellent crew came from the region. In all it was a very positive experience and we hope to be returning to Yorkshire next year to shoot the series."
DCI Banks: Aftermath was filmed largely on location in Leeds, but also features locations in Bradford, Calderdale, Barnsley, Harrogate and the North Yorkshire Moors.
Look out for the following locations.....
- The house where the murders took place and the neighbour's houses were all in Headingley, Leeds
- The cellar scene was on Kirkstall Road in Leeds
- The exterior of police station is the Provident Financial building on Sunbridge Road in Bradford
- A number of exterior street scenes were filmed at Lincoln Green, Leeds
- DCI Banks' Cottage is in Huby, North Yorkshire
- White Holme Reservoir in Calderdale features in the final scene
Left Bank Pictures production offices were based at Studio 81 in Leeds.
Stephen Tompkinson talks about why he thinks Yorkshire is the perfect setting for television drama such as DCI Banks:
‘'The setting is a character in itself. It's very atmospheric. It offers both the metropolitan city and the countryside surrounding it. There's so many varied locations in such a close area and they all afford you different moods. I've had a great time filming here. I'm confident Aftermath will be a great success and hopefully DCI Banks will be around for a long while yet.''
Find out more about DCI Banks: Aftermath at: http://www.itv.com/dramapremieres/dcibanksaftermath/
Left Bank Pictures, founded by Andy Harries, Marigo Kehoe and Francis Hopkinson, has previously produced the multi-award-winning drama Wallander, and Oscar-winning film The Queen. www.leftbankpictures.co.uk