BBC Banks on crime drama with US local TV

Editor | 10-01-2013

In a multi-station syndication agreement that it claims will reach over three-quarters of US TV households, BBC Worldwide America has inked a landmark syndication deal with key public television stations for its British crime drama series, DCI Banks.
DCI Banks is produced by Left Bank Pictures for ITV and is based on Peter Robinson's Inspector Alan Banks novels. Starting in January 2013, the programme will be available on 166 stations premiering on public television stations across the US, including WUSF Tampa, KERA Dallas and KCET Los Angeles.
Commenting on what could be a huge win for the corporation, 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 US. 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 skilfully produced programmes we offer our clients."