ITV's Bancroft earns praise (aside from a few hiccups)

Justin Harp
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From Digital Spy

Warning: The following article contains spoilers for the premiere of Bancroft.

ITV kicked off four straight nights of hard-boiled detective drama with the premiere of Bancroft tonight (December 11).

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The gritty crime thriller pitted Broadchurch's Sarah Parish against Game of Thrones' Faye Marsay as two detectives whose intertwining murder cases put them at odds.

Monday's series premiere slowly unravelled the troubled past of Detective Superintendent Elizabeth Bancroft (Parish), who was desperately trying to keep her own dark tendencies a secret while investigating the Kamara street gang.

When DS Katherine Stevens' (Marsay) own probe into the 1990 unsolved disappearance of a local woman named Laura Fraser put her in Bancroft's crosshairs, an inevitable conflict started building.

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It was clear from the off that Bancroft wanted Stevens nowhere near the Fraser case, which she originally investigated more than 25 years earlier. Maybe that's because Bancroft was much more involved in the disappearance than anybody knows?

Those tuning in were mostly gripped by all of the twists and turns of the Fraser case: