Sarah Parish to star as detective in new ITV Encore crime drama ‘Bancroft’

ITV Encore’s new female-led crime thriller has begun filming in Bolton and the North West. Described as “a dark and compelling thriller with a tortured female detective at its heart”, Bancroft will “explore what happens when heinous crimes, long buried, come back to haunt us.” The four-part series is created and written by Kate Brooke (Mr Selfridge, … >

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‘Broadchurch’ review: Episode 6 is Season 3’s strongest so far

This week’s Broadchurch episode, the strongest so far, is all about people trying to escape the prisons they carry with them – and often finding that they can’t. While Lenny Henry’s Ed Burnett spends the majority of the episode under police custody, brooding in an actual cell or a police interrogation room, and Joe Miller … >

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‘Broadchurch’ review: Season 3 Episode 3 explores toxic masculinity

If there’s a defining theme that seems to run through Broadchurch 3, but is particularly prominent in this third episode, it’s toxic masculinity. As Hardy says, “it makes me ashamed to be a man”. Chris Chibnall’s script dwells on the many ways the men of Broadchurch act suspiciously, defensively or even aggressively at the thought of … >

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‘Broadchurch’ review: Season 3 Episode 1 was taut, focused and emotionally charged

On the basis of last night’s episode, Broadchurch has gone beyond a mere crime drama serial to something gut-wrenching, humane and deeply empathetic, rivalling the moving portrayal of grief in its first season four years ago. 2015’s second season was something of a disappointment in the muddled way it portrayed Britain’s legal system and tried … >

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