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Bancroft

Published: Tue 28 Nov 2017

Sarah Parish leads the cast of ITV’s new thriller Bancroft. Scheduled across four consecutive nights Bancroft is a dark and compelling thriller, with a tortured female detective at its heart. 
 
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 DCI Elizabeth Bancroft, a woman with dark secrets in her past.
 
Ruthless and courageous, Bancroft is a brilliant copper.  She has given her life to the police force. Consequently, she’s trusted and adored by her colleagues and promotion to Detective Chief Superintendent looks assured. Bancroft is running an operation to bring down the pernicious and vicious Kamara gang. She adopts dubious methods, but the most violent brother, Athif (Amit Dhut), rules the local town with an iron fist, so it’s hard not to applaud her actions. 
 
Joining Sarah is acclaimed actress Faye Marsay (Game of Thrones, Black Mirror, Love Nina), who takes on the role of DS Katherine Stevens, an ambitious fast-tracked recruit.  When Katherine is assigned to a particular cold case, she unwittingly disturbs the ghosts of the past and what she unearths shakes Bancroft to her core.
 
International actor, Linus Roache (Vikings, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) makes his return to British television.  Linus plays Tim Fraser who was widowed when his wife, Laura, was brutally murdered in their home 27 years previously, an unsolved crime Elizabeth seems to know more about than she’s letting on.  This knowledge won’t stay buried and it seems Elizabeth Bancroft will be forced to confront her demons.
 
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), Charles Babalola (Broadchurch, Thirteen) and Steve Evets (One of Us, Looking for Eric).