- Actors: Suranne Jones, Lesley Sharp
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 4
- Classification: 15
- Studio: 2entertain
- DVD Release Date: 4 Jun. 2012
- Run Time: 630 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B007IIXYAU
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,053 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Scott & Bailey - Series 1-2 [DVD] 
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This moving and exciting drama series follows the lives of Janet Scott and Rachel Bailey – Detective Constables in a Manchester Major Incident Team led by the formidable DCI Gill Murray. Though dedicated to cracking their challenging cases, Scott and Bailey also have home lives away from the force, fraught with personal dramas, decisions and life-changing consequences.
As they take on testing and horrific cases – including the murder of a pregnant girl, a mother left to bleed to death in the boot of her car and a young boy shot dead in his living room – Rachel finds her just-finished relationship far from over, while Janet struggles to curb a workplace affair. With careers on the line, there are some heart-rending decisions to be made…
With a murder suspect putting Rachel’s life in danger and Janet facing another encounter with serial killer Geoff Hastings, the detectives are in need of some light relief. Good-looking old flame Sean provides a diversion for Rachel and a stressed Janet turns once more to colleague Andy Roper – but is either woman really ready for another serious relationship?
Clearly, most of the ingredients of British crime drama Scott And Bailey have been seen before. In this instance, it centers around the two characters of the title, both of whom are detectives in the Major Incident Team. Both of them have impossible workloads, and many challenges in their personal lives, and both have some tough crimes to solve.
So what makes Scott And Bailey stand out? Well, its key assets are its two lead stars. The title roles are taken by Lesley Sharpe and Suranne Jones, and they prove to be an interesting and complicated double act. They’re friends, but not without issues, and the first two seasons of the show that are gathered together here present them with some horrifying crimes and choices.
It’s a bit uneven at times. The writing is generally very strong, but then Scott And Bailey has moments where it lets its intelligence levels drop. Fortunately, as the series goes on, these instances become fewer, and as the show hits its stride, it becomes really quite compelling drama.
Scott And Bailey has some way to go before it can carve itself a place on the proverbial honours board of excellent crime dramas, but it’s a good to very good piece of television, and this boxset is an excellent way to curl up in front of the television for a good few nights of some strong, interesting entertainment. --Jon Foster
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The supporting actors - male and female - also seem "real" as opposed to the slick, hip, young guys and gals that people US shows sprinkle around the set. We now watch almost no American TV. Instead, we keep looking through the Amazon.com.uk web site and find fascinating series to order. We have quite a collection and will re-watch them sometime in the future.
We do love our country, but we can't abide what Hollywood is putting out for American TV. Thank goodness for our friends on the
other side of "the pond"! Keep it up and send us more delightfully grownup series.
6+8 episodes of just under 45 minutes. Everywhere signs of quality: scripts that ring true, convincing police procedures, excellent acting - and not just from the leads.
Especially impressive are the interviews. Here no police histrionics but polite, measured questioning steadily homing in on the truth. Note faces of suspects (some initially cocky) as alibis crumble, the steady manoeuvring into points of no return.
Here there is a welcome absence of cliches that plague certain police series, where contrivances so often lead to in-the-nick-of-time climatic rescues. The emphasis is firmly on characters. Men here ill-served, as some claim? Admittedly one colleague is a clown and another unstable, but so what? They are still good at their work, and the rest of the male team thoroughly professional.
An additional pleasure is provided by familiar names, some of them unexpected. (Those cast lists are worth studying.) Amongst many treats, I particularly enjoyed Pippa Haywood as a rival DCI and was moved by Tony Pitts' restrained performance as Scott's long suffering husband Ade. (The actor's Archie was memorably vaporized when that plane crashed in "Emmerdale".)
Bonuses are modest, barely worth a mention, but it was interesting to learn Amelia Bullmore wrote Season 2's Episode 7.
I missed the show on TV, friends later keen to alert me that it had been special. This boxed set amply demonstrates how right they were.
The two detectives and their female, DCI, Gill Murray played by Amelia Bullmore are clever and the scripts they are given are intelligent and witty. The detectives are friends, and their personal and private lives take a big part of this series. The cases they garner are tough and take a lot of hard work and time. The male detectives treat them as equals, which is a new and wonderful experience.
Rachel Bailey is intelligent but chaos seems to follow her. She drinks too much and takes risks, her brother moves in with her. He gas a record and Bailey's DCI would not be happy to know this. Janet Scott is older, with two daughters, and a husband who us boring. There's a lot of conversation and red wine, some teasing, and some very serious issues discussed. This is television at its best. I found myself rioting for the detectives to get their personal problems and work related issues solved. They are attractive women but not beautiful. They sometimes turn up at work not looking their best, but that is real life, isn't it?
Recommended. prisrob 01-22-14