A bit of a two part post today, both having to do with a brilliant series from ITV1, Scott & Bailey.
Starting west of the Atlantic, Scott & Bailey has begun or is getting ready to premiere on a number of public television stations in the States this April (Heads up, North Texas. KERA Channel 13 premieres the series this coming Saturday, April 6 at 9:00pm). This is brilliant telly. This is neither Luther nor Cagney & Lacey. This is authentic, pure and simple. It’s dark, gritty and humorous, at times, but overall, it’s real.
Written and co-created by Sally Wainwright, who also wrote BBC’s Last Tango in Halifax, Scott & Bailey stars Suranne Jones (A Touch of Cloth) and Lesley Sharp (Starlings, Afterlife) and follows two female detectives who are part of the Major Incident Team (i.e. murder investigation, etc.) in Manchester.
Scott and Bailey series 1 trailer
*****MAJOR SPOILER ALERTS BELOW IF YOU ARE ANYWHERE BUT THE UK*****
East of the Atlantic and beginning tonight (3 April) on ITV1, series 3 of Scott & Bailey returns on ITV1 with both Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp reprising their roles as the crime-fighting duo, DC Rachel Bailey and DC Janet Scott. They are joined by Tracie Bennett (Coronation Street), Nicola Walker (Spooks), Danny Miller (Emmerdale) and George Costigan (Homefront). The new series also sees the return of Amelia Bullmore (Ashes to Ashes) as Detective Chief Inspector Gill Murray. Interestingly, Bullmore has also written episodes 6 and 7 of the new series. Tonights episode, which will air at 9pm on ITV1, begins when a worried neighbor knocks on Janet’s (Lesley Sharp) door concerned about a smell coming from a ‘creepy’ house down the street, she can only guess at the horrors to come. Meanwhile, newly wed Rachel (Suranne Jones) longs to be single while Janet realizes her own marriage to Ade is over.
Scott and Bailey series 3 trailer – premieres 3 April on ITV
Everytime a series like this comes along the temptation is to cry marketing and promotion wolf one more time and say “…if you watch one new series this year, make it Scott & Bailey“. This time, I mean it.