A second series is currently in production.
Sarah, left, stars alongside Paul McGann in other ITV drama If I Had You, which aired in 2006.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be returning to the role of Bancroft and inhabiting her complex life which Kate has crafted so well. Bancroft is such a contentious anti-heroine and as a character she offers me so much to work with. Manipulative and strategic with her thinking she knows how to get what she wants. The question is, what will this cold-blooded killer do next in order to defend her son?” – Sarah Parish
Sarah Parish returns to the role of ruthless Elizabeth Bancroft in four new episodes of the ITV detective drama, created and written by Kate Brooke. The second series sees new cast additions in Annabel Connors, Joe Bancroft’s fiancé, David Avery as Superintendent Jake Harper and Jacqueline Boatswain as Chief Constable Frances Holland.
Adrian Edmondson, Adam Long, Lee Boardman, Charles Babalola, Ryan McKen, and Shameem Ahmad also return for the second series which opens with Bancroft at the height of her career. The drama focuses on her continuing success and her enhanced reputation as a ‘good cop’ but that success comes at a price.
She is estranged from her beloved son, Joe (Adam Long), facing increasing pressure as a result of her dangerous pact with crime boss Daanish Kamara (Ryan McKen) and is forever under the watchful eye of Superintendent Cliff Walker (Adrian Edmondson) who strongly believes she’s corrupt and should be exposed as such.
When Joe is implicated in a disturbing double murder case, Bancroft’s personal and professional life come crashing down around her. She is determined to protect her son, but in doing so finds herself up against a chilling new antagonist.
The first series of Bancroft was one of ITV’s best performing dramas of 2017, the broadcaster notes, with a series average of 6.7 million and a 25.1% share of the available audience.
“Bancroft is a character who has lurked in the dark recesses of my imagination for many years. I am delighted to be bringing her back to the screen. Series two is a ferocious female driven tale where Bancroft, brilliantly played by the awe-inspiring Sarah Parish, meets her match.” – writer Kate Brooke