A while back we reported on a new ITV Encore series, set to star Sarah Parish – who’s doing good work in Broadchurch at the moment – had been commissioned. Bancroft (sorry, but that title still feels a bit Partridge to me) is a dark and compelling four-part thriller with a tortured female detective at its heart. It’s created and written by Kate Brooke (Mr Selfridge, Ice Cream Girls, The Making of a Lady), and DCI Elizabeth Bancroft is a woman with dark secrets in her past. And now it has started filming.
Bancroft’s story continues: 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, rules the local town with an iron fist, so it’s hard not to applaud her actions.
Joining Parish is 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.
Linus Roache also makes a return to British television by playing Tim Frazer, 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.
Produced by Phil Collinson (Midwinter of the Spirit, Coronation Street, Dr Who) and directed by John Hayes (Vera, Home Fires), Bancroft will explore what happens when heinous crimes, long buried, come back to haunt us.
The series has started filming in and around Bolton and the North West, and the series will also feature Amara Karan, Adrian Edmondson, Art Malik, Kenneth Cranham, Adam Long, Lee Boardman and Steve Evets.
More news as we get it.