BBC Worldwide America, Sales & Distribution, today announced a landmark syndication deal with public television stations for the British crime drama series, DCI Banks. The show will be available on 166 stations, reaching an estimated 77% of U.S. TV households*. The syndication deal includes the show’s pilot and seasons 1 and 2. DCI Banks will premiere on public television stations across the country, including WUSF Tampa, KERA Dallas and KCET Los Angeles, starting in January 2013.
DCI Banks is a crime drama series. It follows lead character, veteran Detective Chief Inspector, Alan Banks, on his passionate and relentless journey in pursuit of criminals and justice, which inevitably leads him to take dark and treacherous paths to solve crimes. DCI Banks stars Stephen Tompkinson (Wild at Heart, Ballykissangel, Grafters), as Alan Banks, Andrea Lowe (The Tudors) and Caroline Catz (The Bill, The Vice).
Julius Cain, Vice President, PBS Sales, BBC Worldwide America, said: “DCI Banks is a terrific and suspenseful show which we believe will attract a wide range of viewers in the U.S. This syndication deal marks the largest we have inked to date between BBC Worldwide America and public television stations and is evidence of the great interest in the top-notch and skillfully produced programs we offer our clients.”
DCI Banks is produced by Left Bank Pictures for ITV. The series is based on Peter Robinson’s Inspector Alan Banks novels.