Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp return as the formidable crime fighting duo Scott & Bailey in eight new episodes for ITV by Red Production Company.
Episode short synopsis:
When a worried neighbour knocks on Janet’s (Lesley Sharp) door, she can only guess at the horrors to come. Meanwhile, newly wed Rachel (Suranne Jones) longs to be single while Janet realises her own marriage is over.
Full episode synopsis:
A few months into her marriage, Rachel (Suranne Jones) is already struggling with the relentless proximity of living with Sean (Sean Maguire). Knowing that she is the one at fault, she would rather try and keep out of the way than confront the problem. Cheerful and sexy as ever, Sean is happy to embrace every facet of his new wife, including the door-slamming grump who comes through the door at the end of the day.
Delighted with being back in her daughter’s life, Rachel’s mum Sharon (Tracie Bennett) starts to display the sort of behaviour that reminds Rachel why she was right to have kept her at arm’s length all these years.
Janet’s (Lesley Sharp) home life isn’t plain sailing either. Having acknowledged that their marriage really is over, she and Ade (Tony Pitts) decide to put their house on the market, and stay living together until it sells. But even though Janet knows she doesn’t want Ade, she can’t help wanting a bit of what he’s got – a new love interest who’s putting a smile on his face. And the demands of her new role as ‘acting sergeant’ mean that juggling child-care has just got even harder.
The story of the week starts very close to home for Janet, when a worried neighbour knocks on her door one night, concerned about the smell coming from a house down the road. What Janet discovers is the severed head of 75-year-old Eunice Bevan at the bottom of the stairs, her body at the top, and her bedridden husband Joe (George Costigan) upstairs, emaciated and barely able to speak. Tracing Joe and Eunice’s relatives proves difficult, but when Rachel tracks down daughter Helen (Nicola Walker), working on a make-up counter, she seems strangely unmoved by her mother’s death. As Joe becomes more lucid in hospital, and Helen’s alibi starts to fall apart, she looks very much like our number one suspect.
D.C. Rachel Bailey Suranne Jones
D.C. Janet Scott Lesley Sharp
D.C.I. Gill Murray Amelia Bullmore
D.C. Kevin Lumb Ben Batt
D.C. Ian Mitchell David Prosho
D.C. Pete Readyough Tony Mooney
D.C. Lee Broadhurst Delroy Brown
Helen Bartlett Nicola Walker
Joe Bevan George Costigan
Sharon Bailey Tracie Bennett
P.C. Sean McCartney Sean Maguire
Adrian Scott Tony Pitts
Dorothy Parsons Judith Barker
Scary Mary Jackson Judy Holt
Ginny Rayna Campbell
Louise Caroline Harding
Haydn McCartney Harry Simpson
D.I. Brian Marc Parry
Police Officer Andrew Grose
Doctor Ash Tandon