Scott & Bailey

Series 1 - Episode 5

Scott & Bailey
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Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

If you’re a crime nerd like me, you doubtless love all the procedural stuff in Scott & Bailey, even though it doesn’t wear its knowledge lightly (Diane Taylor, a real detective inspector, is the series co-creator, with writer Sally Wainwright). There’s an over-reliance on initials – BIA, SAO, NPIA – and sometimes it can feel a bit too much like a manual on How to Investigate a Murder.

But that doesn’t bother me because, as a whole, Scott & Bailey is just great; a proper, absorbing hour with plenty of soapy elements encompassing the whole spectrum of TV Drama Men — from men as posh love-rats, to men as hopeless saps, through to men as murderers, it’s all there. And Scott and Bailey themselves (Lesley Sharp and Suranne Jones) are clever, dedicated women who are also vulnerable to the wiles of fellas (see above).

In tonight’s penultimate episode, a woman’s dismembered body is found in bin bags on a grim slab of Manchester waste ground. You’ll quickly latch on to precisely where the story is heading and, thanks to a lumbering great clue, you’ll know how it ends. But never mind, it’s gripping.

About this programme

5/6. Janet moves a step closer to tracking down Veronica's killer while investigating a recent murder that bears similarities to the cold case. Rachel finds out about an affair Nick once had with a juror in the middle of a trial - a revelation that could end his career. Detective drama, starring Lesley Sharp, Suranne Jones and Rupert Graves.

Cast and crew


DC Rachel Bailey
Suranne Jones
DCI Gill Murray
Amelia Bullmore
DC Janet Scott
Lesley Sharp
DI Phillips
Martin Miller
Martine Cooper
Jennifer James
DS Andy Roper
Nicholas Gleaves
DC Ian Mitchell
David Prosho
DC Kevin Lumb
Ben Batt
DC Pete Readyough
Tony Mooney
Caitlin Scott
Nicola Potts
Nick Savage
Rupert Graves
Adrian Scott
Tony Pitts
DCS Dave Murray
Vincent Regan
Geoff Hastings
Kevin Doyle
DS Chris Latham
Luke Neal


Ben Caron
Executive Producer
Nicola Shindler
Executive Producer
Sally Wainwright
Yvonne Francas
Sally Wainwright