BBC Worldwide Inks Syndication Deal With Public Television Stations for British Crime Drama 'DCI Banks'

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January 9th, 2013

via press release:




Multi-station syndication agreement to reach an estimated

77% of U.S. TV households*


New York, January 8, 2013 – 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.


To view the show promo, please click here. Full episodes are available for viewing upon request.


To read this release and a full list of stations, please click here.


About BBC Worldwide America Sales & Distribution

BBC Worldwide America Sales & Distribution is one of five core businesses operating in the U.S. under BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of the UK public service broadcaster, BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). BBC Worldwide exists to maximize the value of the BBC's assets for the benefit of the UK license payer, and invests in programming in return for rights. The Sales & Distribution business negotiates, sells and distributes television programs to networks and secures co-production partners in the region.

  • Minimme

    DCI Banks is ace, highly recommended, try it you won’t be disappointed!

  • Ravenrei

    They just started airing it on my PBS station last week. I was shocked this was a BBC series given the violence and themes, but perhaps that’s just because we don’t tend to get shows like this over here from them. At any rate, that first episode was excellent. I just wish my local station weren’t airing it at 10p (central) when most stations are showing the news.

  • Barb

    Of course they wait after two series have already aired (and out on R2 DVD) before bringing it to the states. I guess better late than never and it’s going into PBS instead of poor excuse of a station BBCA.

    @ravenrei Wait until Ripper arrives. There has been a lot of talk about violent that show is.

  • Uktvfan

    DCI Banks is distributed by BBC Worldwide outside the UK. In the UK, the show airs on ITV.

    Can’t wait for Ripper Street!

  • cj west

    I saw the pilot. It was excellent. The first scene is a good indication of what happens when you have an unarmed police officer.
    Too bad we will have to wait sometime to see series three.
    I love brit detective series. I have been hooked since Morse originally aired on PBS. This series is different , reminded me of Case Histories.

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