Watch trailer for fifth season of ‘DCI Banks’

ITV has released the first trailer for the new season of detective drama DCI Banks.

Stephen Tompkinson (Wild At Heart) reprises his role as DCI Alan Banks alongside Andrea Lowe (Monroe) as DS Annie Cabbot and Caroline Catz (Doc Martin) as DI Helen Morton in six new episodes.

Season 5 began filming in Yorkshire in April and will air on ITV this autumn.

Watch the trailer…

DCI Banks launched on ITV in September 2010 and a fourth season aired on ITV last year.

Buy Season 1 on DVD on Amazon here.

Joining the regulars in this year’s stories are Samuel Anderson (Doctor Who) as Vince, the latest member of Banks’ team, Shaun Dingwall (Silent Witness) as Chief Superintendent Colin Anderson, Shaun Dooley (Ordinary Lies) as hardened career criminal Steve Richards and Maimie McCoy (The Musketeers) as Richards’ wife, Tamsin.

Other returning DCI Banks cast include Jack Deam (Casualty) as DC Ken Blackstone and Keith Barron (Doctors) as Banks’ father, Arthur Banks.

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The official synopsis for Season 5 reads: “When Banks confronts a powerful adversary who has been dubbed by his superiors as too big to bring down, his dogged pursuit of justice sets in motion a chain of events that rips at the very fabric of his life, both professional and personal. Helen encounters unexpected challenges when she tries for promotion and Annie pursues her own results-driven, gut instinct style of policing which threatens to ruin her relationship with Banks.

“The first story finds Banks drawn into the dark world of self-harm when a school teacher and his 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.”

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