Scott & Bailey

Series 1 - Episode 1

Scott & Bailey
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Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

Three series and a clutch of award nominations later, this is where we first met detectives Janet Scott and Rachel Bailey back in 2011. Sally Wainwright’s police drama made sure that the central characters’ romantic lives were never too far away. Thus we watch as Rachel (Suranne Jones) sits aghast in a restaurant as her love-rat barrister boyfriend (Rupert Graves) dumps her as Duffy warbles Warwick Avenue in the background. Jones and Sharp make a good team, though this opener employs too many chalk-and-cheese cop clichés as the women investigate a young woman’s apparent suicide. 

About this programme

1/6. Crime drama following the personal and professional lives of two detectives working for a Manchester police unit that specialises in murder cases. DC Janet Scott (Lesley Sharp) and DC Rachel Bailey (Suranne Jones) investigate the case of a pregnant woman who was killed in her bedroom. Meanwhile, Rachel's love life takes a turn for the worse and Janet gets a call that reawakens a past tragedy. Also starring Rupert Graves, Amelia Bullmore and Nicholas Gleaves.

Cast and crew


DC Janet Scott
Lesley Sharp
DC Rachel Bailey
Suranne Jones
Nick Savage
Rupert Graves
DI Gill Murray
Amelia Bullmore
DS Andy Roper
Nicholas Gleaves
DC Ian Mitchell
David Prosho
DC Kevin Lumb
Ben Batt
DC Lee Broadhurst
Delroy Brown
Gokhan Yilmaz
Daniel Ben Zenou
Taisie Scott
Harriet Waters
Elise Scott
Shannon Flynn
Adrian Scott
Tony Pitts
Sean Whittle
Gerrard Thompson
DC Pete Readyough
Tony Mooney
Geoff Hastings
Kevin Doyle
Mana Sidhu
Kiran Landa
Eleanor Savage
Louise Delamere
Man (in corridor)
Nicholas Blane
Receptionist 1
Angela Murray
Receptionist 2
Natalie Hudson


Sarah Pia Anderson
Executive Producer
Nicola Shindler
Executive Producer
Sally Wainwright
Yvonne Francas
Sally Wainwright