New cast members have been announced for the latest series of DCI Banks, which has gone into production in Yorkshire.

The ITV detective drama stars Stephen Tompkinson (Trollied, Truckers, Wild At Heart), Andrea Lowe (Love Life, Monroe) and Caroline Catz (Doc Martin), and is produced by Left Bank Pictures.

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The 6x60min series, said to be the “grittiest” season yet, will also feature Samuel Anderson (Trollied, Doctor Who), Shaun Dingwall (Leg-ends, Silent Witness), Shaun Dooley (Broadchurch, Ordinary Lies) and Maimie McCoy (Musketeers).

The series will be produced by Anne-Louise Russell with Radford Neville returning as executive producer alongside Left Bank Pictures’s Andy Harries.

Series 5 will be directed by Craig Pickles (DCI Banks, Suspects), Robert Quinn (Home Fires, Jekyll And Hyde) and Mark Brozel (Dickensian, Holy Cross).

The series has been commissioned for ITV by director of drama, Steve November, and head of drama series, Jane Hudson.

“DCI Banks has become a firm favourite with the ITV drama audience and this series will be the grittiest yet,” said Hudson. “We’ll see the team embark on an investigation that will truly change things forever.”