ITV commission DCI Banks: Aftermath

ITV today announced it has commissioned two-part pilot episode of DCI Banks: Aftermath, based on the hugely successful detective novel from award-winning international crime writer Peter Robinson.

Written in 2002 and considered Peter’s breakthrough novel in the UK, Aftermath tells the story of an ordinary house in an ordinary street, which is about to become infamous. When two young police constables are sent to the house following a report of a domestic disturbance, they stumble upon a truly horrific scene. The wife, Lucy Payne lies on the verge of death from a head-wound and her husband Terry crouches in the cellar, surrounded by a scene which will shock to the core and make a truly lasting impression on their lives and careers.

Consequently, the identity of a serial killer has finally been revealed. But his capture is only the beginning of a shocking investigation that will test DCI Alan Banks to the absolute limit. Working alongside Banks (Stephen Tompkinson) for the first time is ambitious and pretty, DS Annie Cabbot, who is a hard-working addition to his team.

Commissioned by ITV’s Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes, DCI Banks: Aftermath is Peter’s 12th book in the series featuring fiction’s top cop. It will be adapted for ITV1 by Robert Murphy. In fact, Peter’s 20th book in the series, published by Hodder and Stoughton, is due for release later this year.

“DCI Banks: Aftermath is a classy, contemporary thriller and we’re delighted to have commissioned a two-part pilot from Left Bank Pictures”. said Sally. “Banks is brooding and melancholic with more than his fair share of baggage. Stephen is a really versatile actor and it’s great to see him in a darker role.”

“The Inspector Banks Mysteries are incredibly popular with crime thriller readers across the globe,” added Executive Producer, Francis Hopkinson. “It’s very important we do justice to Peter’s reputation for writing and creating absorbing characters and intriguing plotline. As we go into production, we’re determined DCI Banks: Aftermath will be produced to a very high quality.”