Dy­namic duo clos­ing the case

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television - Scott & Bai­ley,

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.

Su­ranne Jones and Les­ley Sharp are cred­i­ble fe­male leads in

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