Banks goes where the bod­ies are

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TER­RI­FIED ac­tor Stephen Tomp­kin­son says he was sur­rounded by dozens of real-life CORPSES while film­ing gritty new cop show DCI Banks.

The star, 45, ( above) says the brave crew filmed grue­some scenes for the ITV1 drama in a work­ing mor­tu­ary.

And wit­ness­ing the ef­fects of death on ca­dav­ers at first hand was “not pretty”, he said.

Tomp­kin­son, who plays De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Alan Banks in the ac­claimed show, ex­plained: “We were film­ing in a work­ing mor­tu­ary, just out­side Brad­ford.

“There wasn’t a lot of con­ver­sa­tion when we re­alised there were 30 corpses held there.

“As part of his in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Banks learns what can hap­pen to a skull when it reaches 1,200 de­grees C in a fire — and it isn’t ex­actly pretty!”

You can see DCI Banks on ITV1 on Fri­days at 9pm.

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