Janet Scott and Rachel Bailey are returning to ITV.
ITV has confirmed Scott and Bailey has been commissioned for a fourth series, starring Lesley Sharp and Suranne Jones.
Amelia Bullmore will also reprise her role as no-nonsense DCI Gill Murray who keeps the team under control in spite of the pressures she faces at work and in her home life. Additionally, Amelia will write four of the scripts for the new series.
Produced by Red Production Company and based on an idea by Suranne Jones and fellow actress Sally Lindsay, who plays Bailey’s sister Alison in the drama – The series 3 finale was watched by an average 7.1 million viewers and delivered a 27% audience share.
Co-creator and writer Sally Wainwright (Last Tango in Halifax, Unforgiven, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard), will executive produce the new series with Nicola Shindler (The Syndicate, Blackout, Leaving), who is Director of Red Production Company.
“We’re thrilled to be producing a new series of Scott and Bailey,” said Nicola. “It’s rewarding to think the public have become so familiar with the characters and taken them to heart. With this new series, we have the chance to explore great story ideas and continue developing those characters,” she added.
ITV’s Director of Drama, Steve November: “ITV Drama without Scott and Bailey would be unthinkable,” said Steve. “Its reputation for quality storytelling and great characterisation precedes it and it’s become a firm favourite with ITV viewers. We’re delighted to be working with Nicola, Sally and Red Production Company on a fourth series.”
Scott and Bailey is filmed on location in Manchester and will go into production during Spring 2014.