Normally, I adore the Britcops, but Bancroft was the exception to the rule! I wouldn't want to be in law enforcement on either side of the pond without a gun at my disposal, but I find that not having flying bullets means that Britcop series focus more on developing characters and stories sending lives spraying out of control, instead, which makes for better television drama. Again, Bancroft is the exception. The characters are stereotypical caricatures caught in a cat fight story, though we're supposed to buy it as some kind of generational clash of the titans with career-making (or unraveling) consequences. Yet even allowing for dramatic license and suspension of disbelief in the name of entertainment, the over-the-top melodrama and ridiculous choices the characters make can't even pass the basic common sense sniff test, and none of it makes much sense beyond the basic premise that one always murders the ones one loves. I see a lot of people making comparisons to Line of Duty in reviews, but beyond both being Britcop shows containing some "bent coppers" who cross the line into being criminals, themselves, they really aren't comparable. Line of Duty has its share of complex conspiracies that stretch belief a bit, but it works hard to lay foundations even as it ratchets up the pressures, with its attention to development of also complex characters and masterful plotting and pacing a how-to course in great drama. Bancroft is the exact opposite, with momentary shock value seemingly the guiding star, with little consideration to overall aligning and the ultimate undermining even of the ability to surprise. As gaspers pile up, they eventually become hiccups--annoying, frustrating, and predictable. Not even the talent-rich cast could salvage the drivel they were given to play! So, find one of the many other Britcop shows to watch, and give Bancroft a miss!