Scott & Bailey

Series 5 - Episode 1



A man is stabbed to death in the yard of his house, as he argues with his girlfriend. According to her, the killer then takes a picture on his phone of the grisly scene.

Almost. As detectives Janet Scott and Rachel Bailey (Lesley Sharp and Suranne Jones) discover at the start of a three-part story, the murderer has actually filmed his dying victim and posted the footage on a fetish website.

The murder squad thus enters a squalid, bleak world where life is cheap and violent death is entertainment. Though crime dramas feel a bit fusty when they tackle “the dark web”, this is Scott and Bailey, so it feels dirty and real.

Rachel, newly returned from secondment to the Met in London, is in charge of the inquiry, and she tries to stamp her authority on the team. It’s going to be an international investigation, so she insists, “no northern plod behaviour”.


Rachel steps up to acting DI on a case that becomes bigger and more sinister than it first seemed. Meanwhile, Janet is glad of Rachel's return, having not known how much she was going to need her friend. Starring Lesley Sharp and Suranne Jones.

Cast & Crew

ADI Rachel Bailey Suranne Jones
DC Janet Scott Lesley Sharp
DSI Julie Dodson Pippa Haywood
DC Pete Readyough Tony Mooney
DC Ian `Mitch' Mitchell David Prosho
DC Lee Broadhurst Delroy Brown
DC Anna Ram Jing Lusi
DI Hollister Suzette Llewellyn
Alison Newley Sally Lindsay
SCAS Neil Simpson Gregg Chillin
Scary Mary Jackson Judy Holt
Wendy Katie Clarkson-Hill
Desk sergeant Marcus Adolphy
Maurice Ridley Louis Healy
Maurice's Mum Lynsey McLaren
Steve Dench Richard Riddell
Arresting officer James Wood
Joanne Dench Lizzie Stavrou
Dorothy Parsons Judith Barker
SOCO Worker Bill Bradshaw
Steve's Lawyer Rina Mahoney
Tasie Scott Harriet Waters
Callum Newley Ewan Phillips
Holly Newley Olivia Leslie
Carrie Medford Jemma Thompson
Rosie Medford Chloe Lea
Jenna Mawson Nisa Cole
Kenny Medford Antony Flanagan
Director Alex Kalymnios
Executive Producer Nicola Shindler
Producer Michaela Eccleston
Writer Lee Warburton
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