Charlotte Hope (The Spanish Princess, Game of Thrones), David Avery (The Night Manager, Starred Up, Borderline) and Jacqueline Boatswain (Cuckoo, Collateral) have joined the cast of ITV’s Bancroft for its second season, which is now being shot on location in Greater Manchester.
Bancroft explores what happens when heinous crimes, long buried in the past, come back to haunt us. It follows Elizabeth Bancroft, a respected DCI who has given her life to the police force. Trusted and adored by her colleagues, promotion to Detective Chief Superintendent looks assured.
Charlotte Hope has been cast as Annabel Connors, Joe Bancroft’s fiancé; David Avery as Detective Superintendent Jake Harper; and Jacqueline Boatswain as Chief Constable Frances Holland. They join returning cast members Sarah Parish, Adrian Edmondson, Adam Long, Lee Boardman, Charles Babalola, Ryan McKen and Shameem Ahmad.
In season two, Bancroft is at the height of her career. However, her success comes at a price. She’s isolated and estranged from her beloved son, Joe, facing increasing pressure as a result of her dangerous pact with crime boss Daanish Kamara and is forever under the watchful eye of Superintendent Cliff Walker who strongly believe 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. With threats closing in from all sides, the repercussions of her past actions will come back to haunt her in ways she could never have expected.
Bancroft was created by Kate Brooke and is produced for ITV by Tall Story Pictures. Four episodes have been commissioned for season two. Brooke penned episodes one, three and four; while episode two was written by Ben Morris. Simon Meyers is the series producer, while Doctor Who helmer Lawrence Gough is directing. The executive producers are Kate Brooke, Patrick Schweitzer and Catherine Oldfield. ITV Studios Global Entertainment are handling international sales.