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BAN­CROFT

ITV, 9PM

THIS is an­other new drama se­ries which kicked off last night, and is also spread across three evenings this week.

To get you up to speed from the first se­ries two years ago, yes El­iz­a­beth Ban­croft (Sarah Par­ish) is a po­lice of­fi­cer. A newly-pro­moted De­tec­tive Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent, in fact. But yes, she is also a psy­cho­pathic killer.

She’s mur­dered her ex, tried to mur­der sus­pi­cious col­leagues or got other peo­ple to do it for her, and framed or had fired any­one who stood in her way.

She’s now head­ing up a newly-merged ser­vice, is pop­u­lar with col­leagues and de­liv­er­ing im­pres­sive re­sults, but she’s also in a dan­ger­ous pact with lo­cal crime boss Daan­ish Ka­mara and es­tranged from her son Joe, who was hor­ri­fied to learn the truth about her. And when a dis­turb­ing dou­ble mur­der brings her per­sonal and pro­fes­sional life crash­ing to­gether, she’s forced to con­front a chill­ing new en­emy.

EARTH’S TROP­I­CAL IS­LANDS

BBC2, 9PM

IF YOU feel you can han­dle the prospect of star­ing at images of sunny trop­i­cal par­adise is­lands in cold, dark Jan­uary, then this new nat­u­ral his­tory se­ries is an ab­so­lute bel­ter.

Show­ing over three nights, it takes a look at the land­scapes and wildlife of three of the most ex­otic, mys­te­ri­ous and re­mote is­lands on the planet.

Last night’s episode fo­cused on the world’s old­est is­land, Mada­gas­car. And tonight’s cen­tres on what is be­lieved to be the home of the great­est di­ver­sity of life found on any is­land, Bor­neo.

Thanks to its huge va­ri­ety of habi­tats – man­grove forests, coral reefs, an­cient jun­gles, tow­er­ing moun­tains – there are more than 60,000 species of plants and animals here, many of which are found nowhere else on earth.

Like the lu­di­crously nosed pro­boscis mon­keys, who have to deal with enor­mous salt­wa­ter croc­o­diles just to get their din­ner.

Or, our favourite, the ex­ceed­ingly rare (and ex­ceed­ingly cute) sun bear.

Sarah Par­ish as Ban­croft

Bor­neo’s pro­boscis mon­keys fea­ture

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