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ITV Crime Drama 'Bancroft' Returns This Week And 'Marcella' Fans Will Love It

ITV Crime Drama 'Bancroft' Returns This Week And 'Marcella' Fans Will Love It

*This article contains spoilers for season one of Bancroft*

Sarah Parish returns as Detective Superintendent Elizabeth Bancroft (Credit: ITV)
Sarah Parish returns as Detective Superintendent Elizabeth Bancroft (Credit: ITV)

After a nail-biting first season, Detective Chief Superintendent Elizabeth Bancroft (played by Sarah Parish) returns, ready to lead a new police force following her long-awaited promotion.

But despite her soaring career, Bancroft's personal life is in tatters after the first season ended with her son, Joe Bancroft (played by Adam Long), cutting all ties following suspicions over the deaths of Laura Fraser and Katherine Stevens. Ouch.

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Fans of the show will know that the first season saw Joe disown his mum after he discovered she was actually a cold-blooded killer, leading him to leave home and vow never to have contact with her again.

Bancroft's professional life is soaring after her promotion at the end of season one (Credit: ITV)
Bancroft's professional life is soaring after her promotion at the end of season one (Credit: ITV)

Despite personal woes, Bancroft - who is now estranged from Joe - is about to face a whole new dilemma after a double murder leaves her wondering if events from season one could come back to haunt her.

Faced with a dangerous new threat and with Joe stuck in the middle of the drama, the second instalment could see Bancroft return to her murderous, calculated ways.

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Speaking about reprising her role at the time of the season two announcement, Sarah said: "I'm absolutely thrilled to be returning to the role of Bancroft and inhabiting her complex life which Kate [Brooke] 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.

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"The question is, what will this cold-blooded killer do next in order to defend her son?"

Adrian Edmondson (Cliff Walker) as well as Lee Boardman (George Morris), Ryan McKen (Daanish Kamara) and Shameem Ahmad (Mrs Kamara) will all return for season two.

Meanwhile, Charlotte Hope (who played Myranda in Game of Thrones) will play Joe's fiancée, Annabel Connors and Jacqueline Boatswain will take on the role of Chief Constable Frances Holland.

If you're on the hunt for even more binge-worthy thrillers to see you through winter, you'll love Netflix's latest release, Unforgettable.

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Bancroft is faced with a chilling new dilemma following a double murder (Credit: ITV)
Bancroft is faced with a chilling new dilemma following a double murder (Credit: ITV)

The 2017 American film follows a divorcee, Tessa (played by Katherine Heigl) who is hell bent on making the life of her ex husband's fiancée a misery.

From stalking to setting up fake social media accounts, the dark thriller sees Tessa stop at nothing to get her own way.

Meanwhile, don't forget Winter Love Island will kick off on ITV2 on Sunday, 12th January.

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Bancroft season two will air on ITV on Wednesday 1st January 2020 at 9PM.

Featured image Credit: ITV

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: TV News, TV Entertainment

Lucy Devine

Lucy is a journalist working for Tyla. After graduating with a master's degree in journalism, she has worked in both print and online and is particularly interested in fashion, food, health and women's issues. Northerner, coffee addict, says hun a lot. Get in touch at [email protected]