ITV: Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp return for 3 part Scott & Bailey special

Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp return to Scott and Bailey for one last hurrah as filming begins in Manchester on a new three part special that will air on ITV next year.

Produced by award winning independent producers Red Production Company, the three-part series will allow the story to unfold with scale and ambition as Scott & Bailey tackle one of the biggest and darkest cases they have ever had to face.

Both Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp return to the roles of super cool Scott and her hotheaded partner DS Bailey; the crime-fighting partnership forged over four previous series following the drama’s successful critical and ratings launch on ITV in 2011.

With DCI Gill Murray in retirement, ever-ambitious Rachel (Suranne Jones) returns from her Vice secondment fired up and full of new ideas and initiatives. She’s gained valuable experience and really wants to make her mark as she returns to Syndicate 9’s Murder Squad.

Exhilarated to step up to the plate, Rachel is exactly who Janet (Lesley Sharp) and the Squad need to move forward with a terrifying and sinister Internet crime investigation of epic scale and unrelenting horror. Using her Vice authorisation, Rachel accesses a disturbing world where people brag about committing murder and lay down the gauntlet for the next victim. A game of ruthless life or death daring develops, as Scott & Bailey investigate multiple killers with horrifying and everlasting consequences. They will be changed forever and the investigation will take a devastating toll on their private, professional and personal lives.

The drama is executive produced by Nicola Shindler (Happy Valley, Ordinary Lies, Last Tango in Halifax,) founder of the Red Production Company and produced by Michaela Eccleston.

Suranne Jones, who conceived the idea for the drama with fellow actress Sally Lindsay, will also executive produce alongside Nicola. Sally Lindsay also returns to the drama playing Rachel’s sister Alison.

The characters of Scott & Bailey were created by BAFTA and RTS award winning writer and playwright Sally Wainwright (Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax, Unforgiven) and retired detective Diane Taylor who helped shape the series from her experiences of working within the Greater Manchester Police Force.

Writer Lee Warburton, who penned episodes for the last series of Scott & Bailey, has written the new episodes with fellow scribe Paul Logan.

Two new police advisors, Sam Manning and Lisa Farrand join the series, as consultants and the director is Alex Kalymnios (Becoming Human, Waterloo Road).

Scott & Bailey has been commissioned for ITV by Director of Drama Commissioning Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea.