Scott & Bailey

Series 2 - Episode 4

Saturday 11pm - 12:05am ITV Encore


An eight-year-old boy is missing; after nine hours playing in a slot-machine arcade he vanished, leaving nothing more than ghostly CCTV shots of what everyone fears are his final moments. Manchester police’s Major Incident Team have two suspects, which, purely from a dramatic point of view, is excellent because it means we get lots of those engrossing Scott & Bailey suspect-interview scenes. Just call me a procedures nerd, but I love them.

Lesley Sharp is brilliant as the quietly remorseless Detective Constable Janet Scott, gently pushing and pushing without doing that TV detective thing of banging on the desk or grabbing the suspect by the throat.

It’s a tough story, inevitably, so for once it’s a relief to flutter into Scott and Bailey’s home lives. Only briefly, though, and I’m growing tired of Rachel’s (Suranne Jones) irresponsible, dopey brother, who does something so unforgivably stupid tonight that you’ll want to send him to bed without any tea.


The duo look into the murder of an eight-year-old boy, coming up against a paedophile who cruelly deceives his victim's family. Dom's HIV test comes back negative, so he sets out to celebrate - only to endanger his own life and jeopardise Rachel's sergeant's exam in the process. Janet tells Andy she is having second thoughts about their brief liaison, but he finds her decision hard to accept. Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp star, with Liam Boyle, Nicholas Gleaves and Joe Duttine.

Cast & Crew

DC Janet Scott Lesley Sharp
DS Andy Roper Nicholas Gleaves
PC Sean McCartney Sean Maguire
DC Rachel Bailey Suranne Jones
DC Kevin Lumb Ben Batt
DC Pete Readyough Tony Mooney
DC Ian Mitchell David Prosho
DC Lee Broadhurst Delroy Brown
DCI Gill Murray Amelia Bullmore
Chief Con Mr Rutterford Andrew Readman
Louise Kayleigh Jade Mann
Michael Nash Joe Duttine
Ryan Varney Shaun Mason
Dominic Bailey Liam Boyle
Dawn Nichols Erin Shanagher
Cheryl Williams Denise Kennedy
DCS Dave Murray Vincent Regan
Alison Bailey Sally Lindsay
Dorothy Parsons Judith Barker
Taisie Scott Harriet Waters
Elise Scott Olivia Rose Smith
Director Paul Walker
Producer Tom Sherry
Writer Sally Wainwright
Writer Nicole Taylor
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