Press Release
British Crime Drama Debuts on WKNO


For more information: Teri L Sullivan
WKNO Promotions Manager
901-729-8735
tlsullivan@wkno.org

January 4, 2013
For Immediate Release

U.S. Premiere of British Crime Drama DCI Banks
- airing on WKNO -

WKNO/Memphis will be among over 160 public television stations that will premiere the Left Bank Productions crime drama series DCI Banks beginning Sunday, January 6 at 10:00 p.m., right after the Season Three premiere of Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey.  Stephen Tompkinson (Father Peter in Ballykissangel) and Andrea Lowe (Lady Eleonore Luke in The Tudors) star as tenacious Chief Inspector Alan Banks and feisty Detective Sergeant Annie Cabbot in seven thrilling crime stories.

The Yorkshire countryside provides a striking backdrop to these chilling murder stories based on the Inspector Banks novels by award-winning author Peter Robinson. With Andrea Lowe taking maternity leave during the second series, Stephen Tompkinson is joined by actress Caroline Catz (headmistress Louisa Glasson in Doc Martin) in the role of DI Helen Morton.

On ITV1 in the UK, the DCI Banks pilot secured an excellent 6.8 million viewers and 24.4% share in its premiere, surpassing ITV1’s slot and prime time averages, while ranking first in its time slot. Subsequent episodes performed similarly well with series two easily winning its time slot against all competition with one million viewers more than its nearest rival among all viewers 4+.

On December 1, 2012, Peter Robinson announced on his website, “DCI Banks has been recommissioned for a third series. Filming will take place between August and November 2013, for broadcast in early in 2014.”  

For a sneak peek of DCI Banks, go to http://editsquid.com/BBC/BANKS60.mov to view the series promo.

DCI Banks airs Sunday at 10:00 p.m. beginning January 6 on WKNO/Channel 10.

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