Scott & Bailey

Series 2 - Episode 1



DCI Gill Murray is in the ladies’ loo, nervously practising a speech in front of subordinates Scott and Bailey that she’s about to make to the ravening hounds of “the press”. It’s a nicely understated opening to series two of Sally Wainwright and Diane Taylor’s hit crime drama, one that, like all of Scott & Bailey’s polished procedural elements, has the ring of truth.

As we return to Manchester, the Major Incident Team is investigating the torture and murder of a vulnerable adult. Though there are everyday office squabbles about food left to go rank in the fridge and lots of ribald joshing, there’s a strong work ethic; the killer must be caught. Of course, Bailey and Scott (Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp, both excellent) have personal problems; Scott’s marriage is crumbling and an unwelcome visitor turns up on Bailey’s doorstep. But these potentially soapy plot bubbles don’t overwhelm the core drama.

Work is what’s important, particularly when the squad latches on to a woman suspect, described as being “like a wall with a perm” (a sporting Lisa Riley, aka Mandy Dingle from Emmerdale).


Part one of two. The badly burned body of a disabled man turns up in a remote part of Manchester and a few days later another corpse is discovered. The detectives start to realise the victims were not just murdered, but tortured too. They make an arrest, but it becomes clear their investigation has just scratched the surface. Meanwhile, Janet throws her husband out and Rachel's estranged brother turns up on her doorstep. With Lisa Riley and Pippa Haywood.

Cast & Crew

DCI Gill Murray Amelia Bullmore
DC Rachel Bailey Suranne Jones
DC Janet Scott Lesley Sharp
Dominic Bailey Liam Boyle
Adrian Scott Tony Pitts
Dorothy Parsons Judith Barker
Taisie Scott Harriet Waters
Elise Scott Olivia Rose Smith
DC Ian Mitchell David Prosho
DC Pete Readyough Tony Mooney
DC Lee Broadhurst Delroy Brown
DC Kevin Lumb Ben Batt
DS Andy Roper Nicholas Gleaves
Patrick Rigby James Foster
Nadia Hicks Lisa Riley
DCI Julie Dodson Pippa Haywood
Wendy Fleming Sarah Parks
PC Sean McCartney Sean Maguire
Steve (barman) Leyland O'Brien
Pathologist David Smith
Director China Moo-Young
Executive Producer Nicola Shindler
Executive Producer Sally Wainwright
Producer Tom Sherry
Writer Sally Wainwright
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