Scott and Bailey – the latest DC’s on the TV beat

Scott and BaileyScott and Bailey is a new Manchester based detective drama from Manchester based Red Production Company whose first episode (of six) broadcast on ITV Sunday May 29th.

A new detective drama or yet another detective drama or just how many detective dramas do we need? Like hospital dramas and cooking shows there is an endless supply whether there is an endless demand or not.

Scott and Bailey are two female detective constables which gives it some edge – like Ashes to Ashes if Alex Drake had managed to have booted out Gene Hunt and appointed Shaz Granger as her assistant and without the science-fiction. Perhaps!

Janet Scott and Rachel Bailey are played by Lesley Sharp and Suranne Jones respectively.

Lesley Sharp was very recently in the BBC drama ‘The Shadow Line’ and has been in numerous other shows such as ‘Clocking Off’ and starred in in the movie ‘The Full Monty’.

Bailey and Co-creator

Suranne Jones was most recently on our TV screen in an episode of Doctor Who, The Doctor’s Wife, where she made a memorable captivating performance as The Doctor’s Wife. Not her first time playing a DC either having starred as DC Laurie Franklin in the BBC drama ‘Five Days’.

Their boss DCI Gill Murray is played by Amelia Bullmore.

Though Scott and Bailey is the name of the show the chemistry between them in the first episode was lukewarm, just a pair of work colleagues sharing a desk. Scott is the cooler headed one, Bailey the impulsive hearted one – Sense and Sensibility meets the Manchester Metropolitan Police.

The crime in the first episode was a murder made to look like a suicide and a cheating husband and jealous mistress which infidelity echoed the recently jilted Bailey whose boyfriend of two years turns out to be married fourteen years with two sons! The cheated Bailey feels some empathy with the cheated mistress save that the cheated mistress wrought revenge with murder rather than getting the mortgage paid in full on their love nest.

Suranne Jones is not just Bailey in this show – it is also her idea along with Sally Lindsay. They co-created it with Diane Taylor herself a retired Detective Inspector from the Greater Manchester Police Force’s Major Incident Team. This bodes well I think as we can expect a passionate involvement in the show from Suranne Jones and for a very realistic drama from Diane Taylor. The main writer is Sally Wainwright (At Home with the Braithwaites) whose job will be to translate the prosaic details of one presumes real with poetic license case history’s into more compelling fiction.

A promising first episode with strong performances by both Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharpe but whether this series will rise above being ‘just another TV detective drama’ the case remains open.