9pm, ITV, Monday-Friday, December 11-14
Sarah Parish leads the cast of ITV’s new thriller Bancroft, a dark and compelling thriller which has at its heart a female detective with an explosive secret.
Created and written by Kate Brooke (Mr Selfridge, Ice Cream Girls, The Making of a Lady), leading actress Sarah Parish plays respected police officer Detective Superintendent Elizabeth Bancroft.
Ruthless and courageous, Bancroft is a brilliant copper. She has given her life to the police force. But when ambitious fast-tracked recruit Katherine Stevens joins the force, she takes on a cold case and unwittingly disturbs the ghosts of Bancroft’s devastating past.
Linus Roache makes his return to British television as Tim Fraser, who is haunted by an unsolved crime. He has also been running from his past but his hidden shame can’t stay buried forever.
It opens with the formidable Det Supt Bancroft leading the charge against the violent Kamara gang while DS Katherine Stevens is given a cold murder case.
In 1990, Laura Fraser was stabbed 18 times in frenzied attack at home. As Elizabeth and Katherine’s paths cross for the first time, Katherine finds that there’s more to the Fraser case than it seems – and Elizabeth has some secrets in her past which may prove difficult to hide.
As the week goes on, we see Bancroft help Katherine and Anya with the Fraser case, but they are struggling to find any worthwhile forensic evidence.
Katherine and Joe’s relationship progresses, whilst events take a grisly turn for the Kamara family – forcing Bancroft to offer Daanish a deal.
Laura’s former husband Tim Fraser is reluctant to help with Laura’s cold case, but an unexpected visit changes his mind. Katherine and Anya make some game-changing discoveries.
Finally, Bancroft is faced with a startling blast from the past, which brings the events from 1990 back to the surface.
Katherine, meanwhile, wrestles with twists and turns of the new information she is uncovering.
In the final episode, Katherine and Anya make a determined push to get to the bottom of the Laura Fraser case once and for all, hatching a plan to get the DNA evidence they desperately need.
Bancroft plans and executes a massive sting operation against Athif Kamara, but all doesn’t go smoothly. Bancroft is forced to reveal carefully-kept secrets about her past, and finally we find out what really happened to Laura Fraser – and why.