tv review – scott & bailey

Scott & Bailey, babes and buddies of a fictional CID hit squad, based in a very real Manchester, are turning into something special, in the hands of Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp.
Both drink too much, get bored with all decent men and out-perform all the males they work with. The only people they can really stand are each other – and their DCI, a scene-stealing turn by Amelia Bullmore, chief vixen and swearing coach.
All the actors are taking off from the standards set by the lead three and some of the turns by witnesses in their investigations have been among the bonus pleasures of the latest series, in which veteran writer Sally Wainwright and her cast have really found their stride.
The production team themselves have compared it to Cagney & Lacey and it compares well.
The original idea was pushed into production by Suranne Jones, who plays DC Rachel Bailey, and Sally Lindsay, who plays sister to Acting Sergeant Janet Scott.
Catch it on ITV, Wednesdays.

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