Ah, the monosyllabic cop show. Morse, Lewis, Shoestring (I want to add Alan Partridge’s suggestion, Swallow, to that list)… you can reel off a long list. The latest one-word name to add to that rolecall will soon be with us, thanks to ITV, who announced yesterday that it has commissioned a new four-part series.
In its release, ITV seemed keen to stress Bancroft was NOT a procedural (it’s a THRILLER ALRIGHT?).
Respected DCI, Elizabeth Bancroft, has given her life to the police force and her ruthlessness knows no bounds. She’s courageous and tackles crime head on, often at risk to her own life. Consequently, she’s trusted and adored by her colleagues and promotion to Detective Chief Superintendent looks assured. DS Katherine Stevens is an ambitious, fast-tracked recruit. Her only indiscretion is an affair with a married police officer she finds hard to resist. However, when Katherine is assigned to cold cases she unwittingly disturbs the ghosts of the past. What she unearths couldn’t be more catastrophic in terms of the lives of her colleagues.
Set in a busy northern city, Bancroft isn’t a police procedural drama. Police officers are portrayed as a close-knit unit, fighting together against the darkness of the world. Throughout the series, Elizabeth Bancroft is running an operation to bring down the pernicious and vicious Kamara gang. She adopts dubious methods, but the most violent brother, Athif, is so vile it’s hard not to applaud her actions.
It’s created by Kate Brooke (Mr Selfridge, Ice Cream Girls, The Making of a Lady).
More news as we get it.