Scott & Bailey is a British Detective series set in the fictional police division of the Major Incident Team (MIT) in modern day Manchester. Our two lead characters are the eponymous DC Janet Scott and DC Rachel Bailey. They are (inevitably) a chalk & cheese pairing, Rachel being a free spirit and (mostly) single while Janet is married with two children. Unusually, their boss is also a woman, DCI Jill Murray. Probably inspired by Cagney & Lacey
, the three main female characters often meet in the Ladies to discuss their case of the week.
Although undoubtedly glamourised from real life, the show takes pains to get many aspects of police procedure correct - it's usually a case of breaking apart a suspect's alibi through tedious accumulation of evidence rather than any Eureka moment providing the critical breakthrough.
While the Detective work is idealised (inevitably, they almost always get their man), the "Married to the job" aspect is not. The series has shown the gradual breakdown of Janet's marriage while the reveal of Rachel's sudden marriage (between Seasons 2 & 3) seems already doomed to failure.
The series premiered in 2011 and is still running.
This show provides examples of:
- Abusive Parents: Joe and Eunice Bevan.
- Apron Matron: Janet's bossy but loving mum.
- Amoral Attorney: Nick Savage, Rachel's annoying boyfriend.
- Asshole Victim
- Be as Unhelpful as Possible: Every interviewee in every episode. Even the innocent ones.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Rachel and Kevin
- Big Screwed-Up Family: Rachel's mother is a Alcoholic Parent who abandoned the family when Rachel was a child. Rachel's dead father was a Domestic Abuser, and her brother is a minor criminal. Rachel and her sister are White Sheep, however.
- The Bevan family. Joe and Eunice kidnapped and sexually tortured young men, murdered one of their daughters and their son, made another daughter help in burying her brother and to cap it all off Joe murders Eunice decades later
- Buddy Cop Show
- Dogged Nice Guy: Andy initially seems like this to Janet. Sean to Rachel.
- Double Standard: Rape, Male on Male: Deconstructed - see Old-Fashioned Copper below.
- Elder Abuse: S03E06 centres around this problem.
- Fair Cop
- Hero of Another Story: Gill's friend DSI Julie Dodson, who leads Syndicate 3.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Janet and Rachel.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Andy to Gill.
- I Coulda Been a Contender: Rachel's sister Alison. She could have gone to college, but she had to leave school and get a job because Rachel and Dominic were 12 and 10, their mother abandoned them, and their father was a depressed alcoholic. She is understandably furious with her mother over this.
- I Didn't Mean to Kill Him
- Iron Lady: Gill. And for all Rachel's grousing about her, she's actually a Reasonable Authority Figure.
- Odd Couple: Janet, the loving family woman, and Rachel, the Hard-Drinking Party Girl.
- Lovely Angels
- Married to the Job
- My Local: "The Old Grapes", where the MIT crew wind down.
- Name and Name
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: There are a pair of murderers in Series Three that are quite clearly modelled on Real Life serial killers Fred and Rose West. Their daughter seems to be based on the West's daughter Anne Marie Davis.
- Noodle Incident: Why do Julie Dodson and Kevin hate each other? It is implied he was originally in her syndicate, and made a mistake, or series of mistakes, however we never find out what.
- Old-Fashioned Copper: Gets a mention when a rapist and serial killer who was active in The Seventies is caught. The team are disgusted by the police report of the time, which is scornful of the one male victim who managed to escape.
- Oop North
- Panty Thief: In one murder investigation, a neighbor is discovered to have several pairs of the victim's underwear. He's not the killer.
- Police Procedural
- Rape as Drama
- Ripped from the Headlines
- Serial Killer:
- The man who killed Janet's childhood friend Veronica.
- Jeremy Leach in S03E03, who had been caught 13 years previously.
- The Bevans.
"What were you doing in the pub in the middle of the afternoon? What do you think this is? Life On Mars
- Stalker with a Crush: Andy to Janet.
- Stalking Is Love: Deconstructed, as Andy's behaviour to Janet is definitely not portrayed as being appropriate.
- Stupid Sexy Friend: Kevin is this to Rachel. Mainly because he really is thick.
- Whole Episode Flashback: S03E02, which is mostly about how Rachel came to get married. We only see a couple of scenes relating to the Mystery of the Week.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Sean jokingly says this word-for-word to Rachel when trying to convince her to marry him.
- Your Cheating Heart: Adultery features in a number of episodes. It never ends well.