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Series: Scott & Bailey
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.


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