96 votes


ITV 2017

A dark and compelling thriller centering on Detective Superintendent Elizabeth Bancroft, a female detective with an explosive secret.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Bancroft

Bancroft - S2E3

#1 - Episode 3


Season 2 - Episode 3

Free from the restrictions of her position, Elizabeth is determined to bring the true murderer to some form of justice.

The episode was rated from 151 votes.

Bancroft - S2E2

#2 - Episode 2


Season 2 - Episode 2

With the evidence around the Connors' murders building, Harper and the team are met with conflicting accounts.

The episode was rated from 158 votes.

Bancroft - S1E3

#3 - Episode 3


Season 1 - Episode 3

Bancroft is faced with a startling blast from the past, which brings the events from 1990 back to the surface. Meanwhile, Katherine wrestles with twists and turns of the new information she is uncovering. Bancroft secures Zaheera in safe accommodation and Daanish fulfils his part of the deal. Anya makes a surprising visit to an old friend. Katherine is faced with a chilling truth.

The episode was rated from 378 votes.

Bancroft - S1E2

#4 - Episode 2


Season 1 - Episode 2

Bancroft helps 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.

The episode was rated from 420 votes.

Bancroft - S1E4

#5 - Episode 4


Season 1 - Episode 4

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.

The episode was rated from 378 votes.

Bancroft - S2E1

#6 - Episode 1


Season 2 - Episode 1

When a double murder brings an unexpected reunion, newly promoted Bancroft is forced onto the side lines by Detective Superintendent Jake Harper.

The episode was rated from 171 votes.

Bancroft - S1E1

#7 - Episode 1


Season 1 - Episode 1

The formidable Det. Superintendent Elizabeth Bancroft is leading the charge against the violent Kamara gang. Meanwhile, 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.

The episode was rated from 443 votes.


Last updated: aug 08, 2022



I wanted this series to be so much better than it was but it ended up being just OK for me. First the good: The acting was solid. Sarah Parish, Faye Marsay and Amara Karan gave good performances. The casting was good. For me the shortcomings were all about the writing: Bancroft character was drawn with limited moral range and ends up being unlikeable because there is no room for internal conflict. Is she just a psychopath or is there some personal remorse that transcends getting caught? The writer also chose to have no seasonal plot arch - there are no small resolves which diminishes the tension between Bancroft and Stevens (self serving license versus justice). As it lies, if they renew the series, it will still be working out an unresolved season one. I rate this series a 6 (fair) out of 10 and hope for a better written season two which I will watch because of the potential of the cast. [Crime Drama]


British drama at it's best!!!10/10


According to ITV, IMDb etc. there is **no** episode 4 in the second (last) season.


Although some of story line seems a little far-fetched, and Bancroft's behaviour somewhat one-dimensional, I enjoyed the series - another good British crime drama, as only they know how to produce.


Two cases - one ongoing and one in the past - may or may not interlink. 27 years ago, a young woman was brutally murdered. 17 stab wounds and a bite. An inexperienced detectiive is assigned to cold case work, and she fastens on that murder, Her current guv'nor - Bancroft - as a young policewoman, discovered the body. There are hints that the woman may not have been dead, The case was closed as a burglary gone wrong, but there is clearly something more to it. Bancroft visits her superior officer at the time - soon after she leaves, we see that he's been killed. Did Bancroft do it? With all this in the background, Bancroft is trying to break up an Asian gang. She has the brother of the ringleader in custody, but she's after the man himself. The police chief, about to retire, refuses to release the young officer from the cold case work.


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