Remember when I’m Celebrity Get me Out of Here finished last year? ITV aired a new crime drama ‘Bancroft’ starring Sarah Parish. Bancroft had a weird and unplanned journey to the screen. The channel had planned to a four-parter drama about the Hatton Garden jewellery robbery but that was suddenly pulled from the schedule putting Bancroft, which had been planned to air on ITV Encore got bumped to the main channel. Airing over four nights in early December the series didn’t really set the world of TV drama alight and I had assumed we’d seen the last of Bancroft and her ever so cliched group of fellow officers. Fast forward to February when ITV’s Head of Drama Polly announces the series will be returning for a new four episode series.
Commented Polly Hill: “We’re delighted with the audience response to Bancroft and to be working again with Sarah Parish as the manipulative policewoman. Kate Brooke is working on the next phase of Bancroft’s journey, which promises to be as intriguing as series.”
With Sarah Parish in the lead role, the new series focuses on Bancroft’s continuing success following her promotion to Detective Chief Superintendent. She’s popular with her colleagues, and her crime figures are down. However, her success comes at a price, as she’s lonely and estranged from her beloved son Joe and under pressure as a result of her dangerous pact with crime boss Daanish Kamara.When Joe is inadvertently dragged into the middle of a double murder case, Bancroft determines to do anything to protect her son and finds herself up against a chilling new antagonist.
The series was one of ITV’s best performing dramas of 2017 with a series average of 6.7 million and a 25.1% share of the available audience.
Catherine Oldfield, Executive Producer, Tall Story Pictures said: “That the audience took to Elizabeth Bancroft in all her terrible, distorted glory in such numbers is fantastic. Kate has loads of brilliant twists and turns in store for this new series and I can’t wait to see what Sarah and the cast do with them.’
Kate Brooke, Creator and Writer added: “In Bancroft I wanted to explore a contentious anti-heroine, a woman we love and loathe in equal measure. I’m thrilled to be continuing her story. In this new series the repercussions of her past actions will come back to bite her in ways she could never have expected.
Bancroft will return later this year on ITV.