Bancroft may be the hottest new crime drama on ITV at the moment, following in the footsteps of shows like Broadchurch and Happy Valley and a lot of others too, as it stars a female detective – played by Broadchurch’s Sarah Parish – with dark secrets in her past, like Happy Valley.
ITV’s newest detective drama started on Monday night (Dec 12) but some viewers, despite it being almost universally lauded and loved, were forced to watch the show with the subtitles on.
The detective series follows DCI Elizabeth Bancroft and her determined journey to become Detective Chief Superintendant by bringing down the crime ring that is run by the Kamara family.
However, she has a dark secret lurking in her past that seems set to be revealed when DS Katherine Stevens (who is played by Faye Marsay) opens a cold case on which she worked way back in the 90s.
From there, the series details the thrilling game of cat and mouse between the pair, as Elizabeth Bancroft tries to deal with the secrets hidden in her past.
So far, the reviews for the series have been very positive, but fans have had one or two nagging criticisms of the show and one of them is that the mumbling is so continuous that some of them have had to resort to putting on the subtitles to deal with the bad sound quality.
Some fans have even taken to social media to voice their opinions about the issue, with one person saying on Twitter: “@clopeck55 we need subtitles on #Bancroft too much mumbling that you can’t quite catch.”
Another person said: Lasted half an hour of #Bancroft nah too much mumbling too boring
A third said: Standard @itv crap sound quality and mumbling. #Bancroft
And a disappointed fourth said: I was excited to get stuck into #Bancroft tonight but the sound quality is appalling making it difficult viewing!
And a fifth said: Is it me or is the sound really quiet and muffled?#Bancroft
And a considerate person also said: Finding the sound awful on #Bancroft! Pitying my neighbours so had to put the subtitles on! Not good enough @ITV
But one viewer, who hadn’t struggled to hear the programme, thought they’d uncovered the real reason behind the complaints.
“I swear people turn down the volume when they watch a new drama just in the hope that their tweet makes it into the inevitable ‘viewers complain about mumbling’ articles. #Bancroft,” they suggested.