02 January 2020 02:32
Note: This article contains spoilers for Bancroft's season 2 premiere. You have been warned. Bancroft's series two premiere certainly ended on a… strange note, to put it mildly. The ITV series, which follows Sarah Parish's DCS Elizabeth Bancroft as she now heads up a merged police service, finally returned this evening (January 1) for its second outing. However, the ending of the episode creeped us all out as Bancroft watched in the shadows while her son, Joe, had sex with his fiancée Annabel in a swimming pool.
Opening up about the moment, Parish admitted to Digital Spy that it is a "very unusual" scene, explaining: "I mean, she's a very controlling person. I think she has to be very controlling of her life. "There's so much going on inside her. With her son, Joe, I think she owned him. Do you know what I mean? She controlled him. So it almost felt slightly incestuous, although it wasn't. There was that unhealthy love that she had for him. "So when he is gone in season two, you know, it's her life – she's devastated by it." Executive producer Kate Brooke explained further: "She's also concerned about his fiancée... We know that she's up against a series of contenders. I kind of wanted to put her up against someone who was worse than her. "I thought that would be really, really interesting. And, yeah, I also wanted to see, you know, that mother love. Because everyone has sides to them that are redemptive – you know, that you can offer some form of redemption. She will do anything for Joe." Parish agreed, noting that Bancroft would indeed do "anything" for Joe, and Brooke added: "And she does. Although it's a slightly distorted mother love, because it comes out in narcissism, because, essentially, she's a narcissist. ITV "I think she just sees a reflection of herself in Joe. So that's partly why, as you say, she's so controlling, because there's a part of her. So when he breaks off, and does stuff that she can't control, it's like –" "In season two, you watch her— she loses control of everything," Parish quickly added. "It's basically her worst nightmare. She just spirals out of control. It's quite interesting to watch her fall apart." Bancroft airs on ITV. Digital Spy now has a newsletter – sign up to get it sent straight to your inbox. Want up-to-the-minute entertainment news and features? Just hit 'Like' on our Digital Spy Facebook page and 'Follow' on our @digitalspy Instagram and Twitter accounts.