Bancroft is a twisting, turning four-part thriller with two women at its heart.
“I wanted to explore a powerful, charming, morally ambiguous woman who has a shocking secret in her past. I was also fascinated to explore the relationship between an older and younger woman – Katherine begins by hero worshipping Elizabeth and ends by obsessively wanting to bring her down.” – Kate Brooke, writer
Respected DCI, Elizabeth Bancroft, has given her life to the police force and her ruthlessness knows no bounds. She’s courageous and tackles crime head on, often at risk to her own life. Consequently, she’s trusted and adored by her colleagues and promotion to Detective Chief Superintendent looks assured. DS Katherine Stevens is an ambitious, fast-tracked recruit. Her only indiscretion is an affair with a married police officer she finds hard to resist. However, when Katherine is assigned to cold cases she unwittingly disturbs the ghosts of the past. What she unearths couldn’t be more catastrophic in terms of the lives of her colleagues.
Set in a busy northern city, Bancroft isn’t a police procedural drama. Police officers are portrayed as a close-knit unit, fighting together against the darkness of the world. Throughout the series, Elizabeth Bancroft is running an operation to bring down the pernicious and vicious Kamara gang. She adopts dubious methods, but the most violent brother, Athif, is so vile it’s hard not to applaud her actions.
Produced by the ITV Studios ‘drama label’, Tall Story Pictures, founded by drama producers Francis Hopkinson and Catherine Oldfield, Bancroft explores what happens when heinous crimes, long buried in the past, come back to haunt us. The series is written and created by Kate Brooke; who also executive produces the series alongside Francis Hopkinson.
“Kate Brooke has written a clever and surprising script, with two fantastic parts for female actors to get their teeth into. We’re looking forward to letting Elizabeth Bancroft loose…” – Francis Hopkinson, executive producer
Bancroft will be filmed on location in Manchester (pictured below) and Leeds during spring 2017.