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Scott & Bailey 

Two female detectives, one motherly, the other emotionally immature, have varying levels of success applying their eccentric outlooks on life to their police cases and private lives.
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Suranne Jones ...  DC Rachel Bailey / ... 33 episodes, 2011-2016
Lesley Sharp ...  DC Janet Scott 33 episodes, 2011-2016
Tony Mooney Tony Mooney ...  DC Pete Readyough 32 episodes, 2011-2016
David Prosho ...  DC Ian Mitchell / ... 31 episodes, 2011-2016
Amelia Bullmore ...  DCI Gill Murray 30 episodes, 2011-2014
Delroy Brown Delroy Brown ...  DC Lee Broadhurst 30 episodes, 2011-2016
Ben Batt ...  DC Kevin Lumb 20 episodes, 2011-2013
Judith Barker Judith Barker ...  Dorothy Parsons 19 episodes, 2012-2016
Harriet Waters Harriet Waters ...  Taisie Scott 19 episodes, 2011-2016
Nicholas Gleaves ...  DS Andy Roper 14 episodes, 2011-2012
Sean Maguire ...  PC Sean McCartney / ... 14 episodes, 2012-2013
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Amelia Bullmore (DCI Gill Murray) & Suranne Jones (DS Rachel Bailey) also worked together on Gentleman Jack (2019) as Eliza Priestley & Anne Lister respectively. See more »

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Featured in Crime Connections: Episode #1.3 (2012) See more »

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Quirky, Worthwhile Cop-Soaper
28 November 2013 | by fung0See all my reviews

If you know Sally Wainwright's writing, this will be familiar stuff. Scott & Bailey follows the various relationships within a police team, focusing on two women, one mature and stable, the other young, talented and often unable to control her personal life. Their boss, another woman (amazingly enough) is tough, sharp and also not without her own personal issues.

It all works remarkably well. The characters ring true, even if they are somewhat exaggerated. The police work takes a back seat a lot of the time, but it's intelligently presented, and more realistic than in most straight cop shows. The perpetrators tend to be mentally challenged individuals, and bringing them to 'justice' is often an unsatisfying business. The acting is superb throughout, which definitely helps.

There are just two flaws worth mentioning. First, there are almost no admirable male characters. Some are major jerks. Several are immature jerks. And one or two are downright evil... and jerks.

Secondly, the view of the police is sanitized entirely beyond belief. This team simply never gets the wrong man, and never fails to zero in almost immediately on the right man - who is generally the obvious candidate. It's just about exactly the view of the police that the police would like you to have, and it simply comes off as too good to be true, given the realistic settings and situations.

It's a slanted view, to be sure, but that's the format. In a less believable show, you'd never question it. Here, the sense of realism is vivid enough that its limits seem a bit jarring. But none of this spoils the fun. Scott & Bailey is a smart, tough and emotionally involving series. Bear in mind that it's basically a very female-oriented soaper, and you'll be thoroughly entertained.


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