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'DCI Banks' lands second series, 'Doc Martin' star cast as new partner

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A second series of Stephen Tompkinson's crime drama DCI Banks has been commissioned by ITV.

The Wild At Heart actor will once again portray the titular character for a six-part series based on Peter Robinson's novels.

DCI Banks in DCI Banks: Aftermath

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Caroline Catz

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"DCI Banks is now established as a firm favorite within ITV's crime drama slate," said Sally Haynes of the channel's drama commissioning team.

"We're delighted so many viewers are appreciating Robert Murphy's adaptations and how the team at Left Bank Pictures are producing DCI Banks."

Doc Martin actress Caroline Catz will portray Banks's new sidekick DCI Helen Morton, a mother-of-four "whose approach to policing will push Banks to the brink".

Actress Andrea Lowe's pregnancy will be written into DCI Banks as the reason for DS Annie Cabbot's departure at the start of the series. The character is, however, set to return in the future.

DCI Banks was tipped to be returning for a second series back in December, following the success of its first eight episodes.

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