Co-created and written by Sally Wainwright (Unforgiven), Scott & Bailey is based on an idea by actresses Suranne Jones and Sally Lindsay. And this new ITV1 crime drama from Red Production Company is co-created by Diane Taylor, a retired DI from the Greater Manchester Police Force’s Major Incident Team.
The cast is an absolute dream: Jones herself, who entered TV History three weeks ago as "Sexy" in Doctor Who, plays impulsive DC Bailey. Lesley Sharp (The Shadow Line) is the more thoughtful DC Scott. There's also Amelia Bullmore, Nicholas Gleaves (Survivors) and the ubiquitous Rupert Graves (Sherlock) as Bailey's duplicitous lawyer boyfriend Nick Savage.
The premiere episode is a total waste of that amount of talents, with enough cliché material for a Comic Relief parody and an amazing lack of on-screen energy. Scott & Bailey feels like you're already watching its own US remake - except there was Cagney & Lacey before. According to the excellent TV Scoops Twitter feed, Scott & Bailey started with a huge 8.2 million viewers, the most watched first episode of any new drama in 5 years. Maybe BGT viewers couldn't find their buzzers.
P.S. Nick, you can't dump "Sexy". Period.
Monday, 30 May 2011
ASHES TO ASHES (SCRIBBS TO...)
The personal and professional lives of Detective Constable Rachel Bailey and Detective Constable Janet Scott, members of Manchester Metropolitan Police’s Major Incident Team. They investigate the apparent suicide of a young Turkish woman.