Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp in new police drama

Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp in new police drama
Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp in new police drama (Image credit: UK Press/Press Association Image)

Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp lead the cast in ITV's new six-part crime drama Scott & Bailey. Written and co-created by Sally Wainwright, the series explores the personal and professional lives of DC Janet Scott played by Lesley Sharp and DC Rachel Bailey played by Suranne Jones. The two actresses play police officers who are members of Syndicate 9, a division of Manchester Metropolitan Police, who are tasked to track down killers and uncover their motives for murder. Both competent and ambitious, neither Janet nor Rachel suffer fools, and despite their differences, they draw on each other's strengths every day to deal with the extreme and horrific crimes committed over love, hatred and revenge. Working alongside Sally Wainwright as co-creator is Diane Taylor, a retured Detective within the Greater Manchester Police Force, who has helped shape this series, advising on the realities of working within a murder squad like Syndicate 9. The team of Syndicate 9 also includes Nicholas Gleaves as DS Andy Roper, Toney Mooney as DC Pete Readyough, Ben Batt as DC Kevin Lumb, David Prosho as DC Ian Mitchell and Delroy Brown as DC Lee Broadhurst. Scott & Bailey also stars Rupert Graves as Rachel's partner Nick, Sally Lindsay as Rachel's sister Alison and Kevin Doyle as Janet's childhood friend, Geoff Hastings. Twelve weeks of filming has already begun on location in Manchester.

Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.