While Happy Valley is now hogging all the headlines, Sally Wainwright’s other crime drama, Scott And Bailey, rolls along nicely and produces solid drama in every episode. The good news is that the show’s home channel, ITV, has announced that it’s coming back for more, but on a limited basis.
It’s not so much a new series, but new episodes. The three-part format will allow the story to unfold with “scale and ambition” ITV says as Scott and Bailey tackle one of the biggest and darkest cases they have ever had to face.
Both Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp return to the roles of super cool Scott and her hotheaded partner DS Bailey; the crime-fighting partnership forged over four previous series following the drama’s launch in 2011.
With DCI Gill Murray in retirement, ever-ambitious Rachel (Suranne Jones) returns from her Vice secondment fired up and full of new ideas and initiatives. She’s gained valuable experience and really wants to make her mark as she returns to Syndicate 9’s Murder Squad.
Exhilarated to step up to the plate, Rachel is exactly who Janet (Lesley Sharp) and the Squad need to move forward with a terrifying and sinister Internet crime investigation of epic scale and unrelenting horror. Using her Vice authorisation, Rachel accesses a disturbing world where people brag about committing murder and lay down the gauntlet for the next victim. A game of ruthless life or death daring develops, as Scott & Bailey investigate multiple killers with horrifying and everlasting consequences. They will be changed forever and the investigation will take a devastating toll on their private, professional and personal lives.