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Scott & Bailey - Series 2 [DVD]
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Straight talking detective duo, Janet Scott and Rachel Bailey, return with more challenging cases and twists in their personal lives…
Despite Janet’s marriage breakdown and Rachel’s family secrets coming to the surface, the Manchester’s Major Incident Team detectives face up to a number of disturbing and gruesome investigations.
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 to colleague Andy Roper – but is either woman really ready for another serious relationship?
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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. In her 30's, she drinks too much and takes risks, her brother moves in with her. He has a criminal record and Bailey's DCI would not be happy to know this. Janet Scott is older, with two daughters, and a husband who is boring, and it seems separation is the name of the game. 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 rooting 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?
In season 2, the cases are tougher, much of the time it is a woman as the victim. Scott and Bailey work as a team most of the time, but they have their differences. Their private lives at this time involve men and drinking, and, as been stated Rachel Bailey is a binge drinker, often showing up at work with a hangover. The male detectives they work with are supportive, but can be found teasing with male jokes. They all work well together, and everyone will do whatever it takes not to be called into DCI Gill Murray'S office. Didcipline and excellent police work is the word if the day- good series.
Recommended. prisrob 04-01-17
Janet Scott and Rachael Bailey are two overworked detectives from the Major Incident Team of the Manchester Metropolitan Police. The format is that we learn a lot about Janet and Rachael in their personal lives and there is as much emphasis on this aspect as on the cases they are working on. For example in the first episode Rachael's hitherto unknown (by us) brother descends on her and we quickly find out that he is a convicted armed robber, which certainly complicates her life. Janet, newly recovered from the serious stab wounds she received in Series 1, has her mother staying with her for three months whilst recovering from an operation. This quickly causes major tensions with her husband and two daughters. Meanwhile the crimes they are investigating are interesting well thought out stories, arguably darker than Series 1. The combination of the professional and the personal make for compulsive viewing and this continues throughout the second series.
A lot of the strength of Scott and Bailey lies in the interaction between Janet and Rachael. Although best friends, it is a far from totally harmonious relationship. Janet is the older, steadier character, whilst Rachael is a little more unpredictable, but is usually the one who manages the inspirational leaps of imagination which is what gets the cases solved. She is also rather more non conformist which tends to put her in conflict with their boss, DI Gill Murray, who again is an excellent foil for the two DCs. It is fair comment that none of the men are in the least impressive, however, I think the three main women in this series more than make up for this, so personally I did not find it an issue.
The series finishes on a very tense and emotional note as the personal and professional aspects of one of the ladies' lives collide in a most dramatic fashion and her loyalties are tested to extremes. It was pleasing that we were not left with a ridiculous cliffhanger at the end, as this always seems so contrived. I am certainly looking forward to the Series 3 without requiring this sort of incentive!
A lot of the credit for the success of this show is the contribution of the two leads, Lesley Sharpe and Suranne Jones. However, Amelia Bullmore who plays DI Murray also puts in a very strong performance and really carries equal weight with the other two especially latterly. Clearly this is a successful formula and hopefully we can look forward to Scott and Bailey becoming an established part of our TV viewing in the future.
Looking forward to series 3 etc
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