Scott & Bailey series four confirmed

Lesley Sharp and Suranne Jones will start filming a new series of the ITV detective drama next spring

ITV female-led detective drama Scott & Bailey will return for a fourth series in 2014, the broadcaster has confirmed. 

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The new series, which will see Lesley Sharp and Suranne Jones reprise their roles as Janet Scott and Rachel Bailey, is expected to go into production in the spring of next year. 

Amelia Bullmore will also return as DCI Gill Murray, and is expected to write four of the scripts for the new series. 

Since it first screened in 2011, Scott and Bailey has become one of ITV’s most popular returning dramas.  The series 3 finale, which screened earlier this year, attracted 7.1 million viewers, a 27% audience share.  

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No broadcast date has been set for series four.