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ITV commissions Bancroft series 2

ITV has commissioned a second series of Bancroft starring Sarah Parish.

Ruthless DCI Elizabeth Bancroft will return to ITV with a new four-parter, created and written by Kate Brooke (Mr Selfridge, Ice Cream Girls, The Making of a Lady). Bancroft series 2 will be executive produced by Kate alongside Catherine Oldfield, Creative Director and Executive Producer of Tall Story Pictures (Trauma, Tutankhamun, Home Fires).

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.

Creator and writer Kate Brooke said, ‘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.’

‘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 one,’ added ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill.

Filmed on location in and around Bolton and the North West of England, Bancroft series 2 will go into production later this year. Further details of casting and key production appointments will be announced closer to filming commencing.

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    But I don’t love the contentious anti heroine. I wanted her exposed and locked up at the end of season 1. I won’t be watching season 2 so that I can be manipulated into liking her and being okay with her escaping justice. It doesn’t work like that, tv show writing people. You should have locked her up and now I’m out.

    Brilliant series. One problem. Detective Walker looks the image of PC George Dixon (Dixon of Dock Green). Acts a bit like him too. Makes him seem out of date with the rest of the cast

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