Dynamic duo closing the case
Those determined but personally troubled TV cops Rachel Bailey and Janet Scott have returned to our screens for a fifth season and it’s a delight to see them again. As played by the redoubtable Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp, they’re back for a relatively brief season, following a single case across all three episodes. And in a shock to the show’s millions of fans, it was announced earlier this year that by mutual agreement this is the last of the series, which began in 2011.
What a pioneer it has been: a rare procedural featuring credible female lead characters, the personal dramas always played with great conviction and emotional honesty. And the show has never shrunk from some rather foul displays of deviant criminality, the determined realism one of its greatest strengths.
The season picked up last Friday after Bailey returned to the murder squad from her vice secondment. She’s not entirely welcome, her Scott & Bailey prickliness well known to the mainly male squad. “The bitch is back,” someone mutters. But Bailey, appointed acting detective inspector, is exactly who Scott and the squad need to move forward with a terrifying and sinister internet crimes case, investigating the murder of a young man whose death was streamed live on a website called Taking out the Trash.
Two possible perpetrators are quickly identified as a ruthless game is played out: one man challenges another to murder, leaving a chalk mark at the scene as proof. The images are loaded to a website and the baton is passed to the next killer, as more chalk marks are left, identifying more victims. This compelling series is not to be missed by anyone who loves top-class TV crime featuring one of the classic relationships between two wonderfully fallible coppers. Friday, 9.30pm, ABC.
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