Scott and Bailey

Sunday, 3 July 2011, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

SERIES FINALE: 

Scott & Bailey is a new six-part series that explores the personal and professional lives of Detective Constable Rachel Bailey (Suranne Jones) and Detective Constable Janet Scott (Lesley Sharp) 

The two women are members of Manchester Metropolitan Police’s Major Incident Team, whose task is to track down killers. They enjoy a warm, engaging, robust friendship. 

Scott & Bailey are both competent, ambitious women, passionate about getting the job done effectively. Neither of them suffer fools. They draw on each other’s strengths every day to deal with extreme and horrific crimes.

Walking home one evening, a car narrowly misses Rachel and smashes into the side of the road. Shaken and bewildered, Rachel starts in pursuit of the driver who legs it. However, it’s not the dramatic way the chase ends that upsets Rachel the most, it’s finding out the next day that the crash is unquestionably linked to the disturbing information she found out about Nick’s affair with a juror. Was Rachel targeted? Could Nick have had something to do with it? 

With uncertainty whirling round her head, she leaves Janet to lead the questioning of the latest case for the team – a young boy, shot dead in his lounge. His best friend was witness to the shooting but it takes all of Janet’s skill to get him to open up and speak to them. He’s petrified he could be next. 

As the series comes to a close, Rachel’s career hangs in the balance as Gill discovers just how far Rachel has gone in pursuit of love. And Janet needs to end her affair once and for all but will it be that easy? 

Sunday, 26 June 2011, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

When Rachel bumps into an ex-juror, she’s shocked to discover this woman had an affair with Nick in the middle of a trial. Unsure what to do with this explosive information, she’s amazed when Nick has the gall to contact her direct. Desperately worried about this coming out, he does everything in his power to persuade Rachel to keep it to herself. 

At work, a body has been discovered on a building site. The team work tirelessly to find the killer but five weeks later they are still no nearer. During the case review, Rachel picks up on a number of similarities between this body and the old, cold cases Janet’s been reading about linking the Veronica Hasting’s murder. Begging Janet to go to Gill with this, Rachel’s thrilled when Gill takes it seriously. Sending Janet home to work up a case file, Rachel helps Janet explain to Geoff Hastings what this could mean – they could be one step closer to bringing his sister’s killer to justice. 

However when Rachel does some digging of her own, she stumbles across information that Janet hadn’t seen before. Rachel thinks she knows who the murderer is, but can she get the information to Janet in time?

Sunday, 19 June 2011, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Vicky Birkinshaw reported her husband missing weeks ago, so she’s surprised when Syndicate 9 turn up at her door and arrest her on the suspicion on his murder. Rachel faces the task of going through Vicky and Gary’s homemade pornography collection, to see if there are any clues there. But it’s when Vicky’s daughter turns up with her, much older, boyfriend that things take a dark twist. It seems it wasn’t just pornography this couple were involved with. In one of the most graphic murder cases the team have had to deal with, it takes all their experience to be able to finally work out who’s behind this gruesome death. 

Rachel’s professional life hangs in the balance when Gill begins to suspect that her relationship with Nick Savage could have put a case at risk. And Janet’s affair with a colleague gets uncovered. But has Rachel overstepped the mark by confronting Janet about it?

Sunday, 12 June 2011, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Scott & Bailey is a new six-part series that explores the personal and professional lives of Detective Constable Rachel Bailey (Suranne Jones) and Detective Constable Janet Scott (Lesley Sharp). 

The two women are members of Manchester Metropolitan Police’s Major Incident Team, whose task is to track down killers. They enjoy a warm, engaging, robust friendship. 

Scott & Bailey are both competent, ambitious women, passionate about getting the job done effectively. Neither of them suffer fools. They draw on each other’s strengths every day to deal with extreme and horrific crimes.

Georgios Stelikos is in the dock for murder, and Gill is determined to see him also convicted of rape. He has been implicated in four other rape cases, and this is Gill’s chance to see him finally pay for his crimes. But the case is complicated. Only one woman, Hannah, has been prepared to come forward and testify that she was raped by Stelikos. Kevin thinks Gill is mad to risk the murder charge by including a rape charge, notoriously hard to prove. Gill however believes that this is the best way to see justice done. 

Both Rachel and Janet are due to give evidence, and Rachel is horrified to discover that her ex, Nick Savage, is the defending barrister. Nick’s cross examination shakes Rachel to the core, using details and information he could only have known from when they were together. Stunned, Rachel later admits to Janet that she had talked to Nick about this case. Janet is horrified, especially when Nick’s adroit defence leads to Stelikos being acquitted. 

Hannah, who suffered terribly when she gave evidence against Stelikos, loses control and makes a public death threat. When Stelikos is later found murdered, Hannah is the prime suspect. Janet must use all her negotiating skills to prevent this case ending in further tragedy. 

Nick was appalled to discover outside court that Rachel had kept the baby. Rachel however is determined to bring his baby up alone. But there’s further heartbreak in store for Rachel. Luckily Janet is onside to take Rachel in when her life collapses around her… 

Sunday, 5 June 2011, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Scott & Bailey is a new six-part series that explores the personal and professional lives of Detective Constable Rachel Bailey (Suranne Jones) and Detective Constable Janet Scott (Lesley Sharp) 

The two women are members of Manchester Metropolitan Police’s Major Incident Team, whose task is to track down killers. They enjoy a warm, engaging, robust friendship. 

Scott & Bailey are both competent, ambitious women, passionate about getting the job done effectively. Neither of them suffer fools. They draw on each other’s strengths every day to deal with extreme and horrific crimes. 

 

EPISODE TWO 

Rachel’s personal life gets even more complicated when she reveals to Nick that she’s pregnant. His unsympathetic response confirms her decision to have a termination. 

At work, the team face a particularly gruesome case – a mother of two, Susan Metcalfe, has been brutally raped and left to bleed to death in the boot of her car. A man was seen on CCTV following the woman just before she disappeared. The same man had been seen asking for a taxi to the Walden estate. It’s a lucky break for the team, who head over to the Walden Estate to conduct house to house enquiries. A sharp piece of detective work from Rachel leads to the arrest of the right suspect, teenager Luke Farrell. But to the horror of our team, it turns out to be just the beginning, as Luke’s arrest sparks off a series of events which leads to further tragedy. 

Janet steps up her investigation into Veronica’s death. She meets up with Tom Walters, the senior investigating officer at the time of the murder. The case has never left Tom, who believed it to be the work of a serial killer. He gives Janet all the paperwork from the case. 

Meanwhile, Rachel has made the biggest decision of her life… 

Sunday, 29 May 2011, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Scott & Bailey is a new six-part series that explores the personal and professional lives of Detective Constable Rachel Bailey (Suranne Jones) and Detective Constable Janet Scott (Lesley Sharp) 

The two women are members of Manchester Metropolitan Police’s Major Incident Team, whose task is to track down killers. They enjoy a warm, engaging, robust friendship. 

Scott & Bailey are both competent, ambitious women, passionate about getting the job done effectively. Neither of them suffer fools. They draw on each other’s strengths every day to deal with extreme and horrific crimes.

D.C. Rachel Bailey works in Syndicate 9, a police unit in Manchester which specialises in murder. She’s a great copper but lousy at relationships. We meet her as she’s being publically dumped by boyfriend Nick Savage over dinner. He tells her that he’s just moved on. Rachel gives Nick both barrels but we can see she’s really hurt, especially when she suspects he’s seeing someone else. Best friend, and colleague D.C. Janet Scott is there, as ever, to pick up the pieces at work the next day. 

Their boss, D.C.I. Gill Murray, takes the team through their new murder case. A young, married Turkish girl, Emel, has been killed in her home, and the murder has clearly been made to look like suicide and there’s no evidence of a break-in. Rachel throws herself into the investigation, soon discovering that Emel’s husband, Gokhan, was having an affair, with a young woman from Leeds named Mana. But Mana calmly refutes all accusations that she intended to harm Emel. Rachel takes a huge risk in a tense interview with Mana. Has she jeopardised the case, or will her high-stakes approach get results? 

Meanwhile Rachel is using her police privileges to carry out her own investigation into Nick, and is horrified to discover he’s married with two children. Rachel is provoked into making a rash and dangerous threat. Janet has her own shock in store when she’s contacted by Geoff Hastings, brother of an old school friend, Veronica, who was abducted and murdered when they were still at primary school. Geoff asks Janet if she’ll re-open the case. Janet has always been haunted by Veronica’s death and agrees to take another look at the evidence.

ITV today announced three major new drama commissions for 2011, written and created by three of the UK’s leading screenwriters Peter Morgan, Anthony Horowitz and Sally Wainwright.

Injustice stars James Purefoy as William Travers, a criminal barrister who is recovering from a traumatic series of events that have shaken his belief in the legal system.  Injustice is Anthony Horowitz’s next project for ITV1 following the huge success of stripped drama Collision which screened to excellent reviews and ratings. 

Scott and Bailey will star Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp in the title roles of two homicide detectives from Greater Manchester Police’s prestigious Major Incident Team.  The series is scripted by Sally Wainwright whose drama Unforgiven won the coveted RTS Award for Best Drama earlier this year. 

The Jury is a compelling series which focuses on the everyday people who find themselves at the centre of one of the most controversial criminal re-trials of their time. Written by BAFTA winner and Oscar nominated Peter Morgan, the drama goes into production early next year.

The Jury, Injustice and Scott and Bailey have been commissioned for ITV1 by Director of Drama Commissioning Laura Mackie and Controller of Drama Commissioning Sally Haynes.  All three dramas will be produced in high definition.

ITV Director of Television, Peter Fincham, said: “ITV is increasingly building a reputation for working with the very best writing and acting talent.  These three new commissions, written by three of the UK’s most acclaimed screenwriters, join an impressive and varied range of drama for 2011, alongside the likes of The Oaks, Monroe, Kidnap and Ransom, and the return of Primeval.

“We are continuing to reinvigorate the ITV1 schedule, and continued investment in high quality original drama is at the very heart of that transformation.”

ITV Director of Drama Commissioning, Laura Mackie said: “Peter, Sally and Anthony are three of the finest British screenwriters and the quality of their scripts are attracting top flight acting talent.  We’re totally committed to original, authored drama and these commissions are brilliant additions to our slate for 2011”  

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“I’m delighted to be working with ITV again after the success of Collision. Laura Mackie asked me to come up with a psychological thriller that would keep audiences guessing to the end and I hope that with Injustice I’ve done just that,” said Anthony Horowitz.

“We’re going to be shooting in Suffolk, my favourite part of Britain, and after working closely with the director, Colm McCarthy – and with James Purefoy already cast in the lead – I think we’re on course to provide a very striking, very cinematic five-part drama.”

The central character, William Travers, is the opposite of what he seems – a successful criminal barrister still recovering from a traumatic series of events that have shaken his belief in the legal system. Reluctantly, he is drawn into a case that involves conspiracy and murder while at the same time being investigated by a vicious and vengeful detective.

The five part series is a story of friendship, conspiracy, betrayal and murder as well as a critical look at the way the legal system operates. Injustice will be produced by Anthony’s own production company, Injustice Films Limited.

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Scott and Bailey is Sally Wainwright’s next project for ITV. The series will be produced by the Red Production Company in Manchester headed up by Executive Producer, Nicola Shindler – and filming will begin in November 2010. 

The series explores the personal and professional lives of DC Janet Scott (Lesley Sharp) and DC Cathy Bailey (Suranne Jones), both members of Greater Manchester Police’s prestigious Major Incident Team. Cathy is 30, down-to-earth, noisy, argumentative and single whilst Janet is 40, a diplomat and a thinker, as well as being a wife and mother. Despite the obvious differences between them, the fact that they are often thrown together in difficult situations means they have developed a robust friendship.

Sally is currently writing the series which will feature 6 x 60 minute episodes.  She has co-created Scott and Bailey with ex-Detective Inspector Diane Taylor formerly of the Major Incident Team, Greater Manchester Police. 

“Primarily Scott and Bailey is about ordinary women who do an extraordinary job. Cathy and Janet are detectives who investigate homicide. They find themselves in extreme and challenging situations every day of their lives,” said Sally.

“I’ve worked closely with Diane and she’s been an absolute inspiration to me.  Consequently, we’ve written some of the most amazing material.  Everything I’ve written I’ve sent to Diane and she’s come up with some great ideas and suggestions.  With her background in homicide detection, it’ll be an incredibly accurate series.  I’m also thrilled to be working with Nicola Shindler and Suranne once again,” added Sally.

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ITV can also confirm that BAFTA winner and writer of acclaimed feature films Frost/Nixon and The Queen, Peter Morgan, is writing a five part series, The Jury for ITV1.  Peter, who created the original The Jury produced by ITV Studios in 2002 to great critical acclaim, is writing a compelling, character based series which focuses on the everyday people who find themselves at the centre of one of the most controversial criminal re-trials of their time.

It is gripping, dark and emotionally charged and will deal with the story of a prisoner who has served five years of a sentence for a violent triple murder. New evidence has come to light which calls his conviction into question and the jurors are forced to face their prejudices as they come to grips with the complexities and unwanted attention of being a key player in such a high profile Old Bailey trial.   The Jury will be produced once again by ITV Studios and executive produced by the company’s Drama Creative Director Kate Bartlett and co-executive produced by Peter Morgan.

“I am delighted to be writing a new series of The Jury for ITV having so enjoyed creating the first series ten years ago,” said Peter Morgan. “The format always appealed to me as a way to tell both a contemporary crime story and yet interweave it with something more – a snapshot of modern Britain, an assessment of where we are, how we live, who we’ve become. A jury is selected at random, twelve people of all ages, from all walks of life with a view to representing us. By telling their stories it allows us to turn the gaze back on them and to sit in judgement on them, and by implication on ourselves, too,” added Peter.

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