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ITV drama DCI Banks film crew at Cromwell Bottom, Elland
ITV drama DCI Banks film crew at Cromwell Bottom, Elland

TV camera crews moved into Brighouse this week to shoot scenes for the popular TV drama series ‘DCI Banks’.

Stephen Tompkinson, who plays the tenacious police detective, has been spotted at Cromwell Bottom where scenes involving a fire on a narrow boat were being filmed.

The series is being made on location in West Yorkshire and the first episode ‘Playing with Fire’ features two bodies being found after a fire on a canal boat in a suspected arson attack.

The cast also features Andrea Lowe as the feisty DS Annie Cabbott with Lorraine Burroughs, Jack Deam and Colin Tierney.

The success of a two-part ‘DCI Banks’ special last year, which attracted more than six million viewers for each episode, led to the commissioning of a new series. Executive producer Francis Hopkinson said: “We are delighted that so many people enjoyed Stephen Tompkinson as Insp Banks and with three more brilliant novels to work from I’m certain that viewers will look forward to returning to Yorkshire this year.”

The series has been adapted from the crime novels by Peter Robinson and filming started on March 29.

TV production vans took over a site near Cromwell House while camera crews were at work on the canal towpath.

Stephen Tompkinson starred in ‘Wild at Heart’ and ‘Ballykissangel’.