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Bancroft

  • Episode: 

    1 of 4

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Mon 11 Dec 2017
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    9.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 50 2017 : Sat 09 Dec - Fri 15 Dec
  • Channel: 

    ITV
  • Status: 

    New
Series overview
 
Sarah Parish leads the cast of ITV’s new thriller Bancroft
 
Scheduled across four consecutive nights Bancroft is a dark and compelling thriller, and at its heart is a female detective with an explosive secret.
 
Created and written by Kate Brooke (Mr Selfridge, Ice Cream Girls, The Making of a Lady), leading actress Sarah Parish (Broadchurch, W1A, Cutting It) plays respected police officer Detective Superintendent Elizabeth Bancroft.  Ruthless and courageous, Bancroft is a brilliant copper.  She has given her life to the police force.  But when ambitious fast-tracked recruit, Katherine Stevens joins the force, played by acclaimed actress Faye Marsay (Game of Thrones, Black Mirror, Love Nina), Katherine takes on a cold case and unwittingly disturbs the ghosts of Bancroft’s devastating past.
 
International actor, Linus Roache (Vikings, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) makes his return to British television.  Linus plays Tim Fraser who is haunted by an unsolved crime.  He has also been running from his past but his hidden shame can’t stay buried forever. Produced by Phil Collinson (Midwinter of the Spirit, Coronation Street, Dr Who) and directed by John Hayes (Vera, Home Fires), Bancroft explores what happens when heinous crimes, long buried, come back to haunt us. 
 
Filmed on location in and around Bolton and the North West, this new series also features Amara Karan (The Night Of, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man), Adrian Edmondson (War and Peace, Prey), Art Malik (Cold Feet, Indian Summers, Homeland), Kenneth Cranham (War and Peace, Rome), Adam Long (Happy Valley, Home Fires), Lee Boardman (The Five, Da Vinci’s Demons) and Steve Evets (One of Us, Looking for Eric). 
 
Bancroft is the first commission from the ITVS drama label, Tall Story Pictures, founded by drama producers Francis Hopkinson and Catherine Oldfield. Francis is an executive producer alongside series creator and writer Kate Brooke.
 
The series will be distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
 
Episode 1
 
The formidable Det. Superintendent Elizabeth Bancroft is leading the charge against the violent Kamara gang. Meanwhile, DS Katherine Stevens is given a cold murder case. In 1990, Laura Fraser was stabbed 18 times in frenzied attack at home. As Elizabeth and Katherine’s paths cross for the first time, Katherine finds that there’s more to the Fraser case than it seems – and Elizabeth has some secrets in her past which may prove difficult to hide.