DCI Banks filmed in Harrogate - PHOTO SPECIAL

Stephen Tompkinson on a staircase at the Cairn Hotel, filming DCI Banks.
Stephen Tompkinson on a staircase at the Cairn Hotel, filming DCI Banks.

HERE are exclusive pictures of ITV crime show DCI Banks filming in Harrogate this week.

The photos were taken on Tuesday night as cast and crew – including star Stephen Tompkinson – shot both inside and outside the Cairn Hotel on Ripon Road.

Stephen Tompkinson at the Cairn Hotel, filming DCI Banks.

Stephen Tompkinson at the Cairn Hotel, filming DCI Banks.

Ben Hepworth, location manager at Left Bank Pictures, said: “The reason we chose Harrogate is because we wanted a location with buildings on a grand scale – and Harrogate has many.”

Vicky Findlow, from the Cairn, said the production team had put red shades over lights and new numbers on doors as well as changing an ordinary window into a faux stained glass one featuring birds and flowers.

“They changed the decor slightly to add atmosphere,” she added.

The episode is part of the second series of the show and is expected to air in September.

Stephen Tompkinson at the Cairn Hotel, filming DCI Banks.

Stephen Tompkinson at the Cairn Hotel, filming DCI Banks.

Vicky said: “I can’t wait to see it when it’s actually being screened. I do know some of what happens in the story, but I don’t want to give that away, as people would never forgive me.”

The cast and crew of DCI Banks, filming outside the Cairn Hotel.

The cast and crew of DCI Banks, filming outside the Cairn Hotel.

Filming takes place outside the Cairn Hotel.

Filming takes place outside the Cairn Hotel.

Date:3rd April 2012.'Filming of ITV Drama DCI Banks, at the Cairns Hotel, Harrogate. Pictured Actress Heida Reed, during filming.

Date:3rd April 2012.'Filming of ITV Drama DCI Banks, at the Cairns Hotel, Harrogate. Pictured Actress Heida Reed, during filming.

Stephen Tompkinson (right) filming DCI Banks at the Cairn Hotel.

Stephen Tompkinson (right) filming DCI Banks at the Cairn Hotel.