Scott & Bailey 2: Interviews

Lesley Sharp and Suranne Jones as Scott & Bailey.

IT was acclaimed as one of the best drama series of last year.

Becoming the highest rated new British TV drama of 2011 with 9.4 million viewers.

And returns next week for a second series, this time of eight episodes.

I’m pleased to report that Scott & Bailey 2012 is on fine form with an extra spring in its step.

Not least thanks to the performances of leading ladies Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp.

Plus Amelia Bullmore as their boss Gill Murray.

With scripts carefully crafted by Sally Wainwright along with co-creator Diane Taylor.

Regular readers will know that I interviewed all of them for ITV’s series two production notes.

Together with Nicholas Gleaves, Sean Maguire. Lisa Riley and Kevin Doyle.

You can read all nine interviews by clicking on the PDF link below:

Scott & Bailey Series 2 Ian Wylie Interviews

If you are unable to access, you can download a PDF reader here.

Scott & Bailey returns to ITV1 at 9pm next Monday (March 12).


Amelia Bullmore as DCI Gill Murray and Delroy Brown as DC Lee Broadhurst.

As with all interviews, there was material that I couldn’t fit into the main features.

For example, as you’ll read, I asked Amelia Bullmore about her writing career – including her script for episode seven of this new series.

But there wasn’t room to include her thoughts on the future of her latest acclaimed play – Di And Viv And Rose.

Which I saw at the Hampstead Theatre in London last year when it starred Tamzin Outhwaite, Nicola Walker and Claudie Blakley.

Is there a chance it might be staged elsewhere in the future?

“Well, there was a lot of talk about it. I don’t know,” Amelia replied.

“I hope so. But it’s a really hard thing to do to move a play.

“I thought they were perfect those three. Absolutely brilliant. And, of course, they’re very busy.

“I think if you’re lucky enough to be able to move something quickly while it’s warm, you stand a chance of doing it.

“But when it comes to a stop I think it’s quite hard to get it going.

“You never know. There was lots of talk about it but it’s all gone quite quiet.

“But they did it so well that it’s fine by me.”

Suranne Jones as Rachel Bailey.

A bad day at the office. Ben Batt as DC Kevin Lumb, Lisa Riley as Nadia Hicks and Suranne Jones as DC Rachel Bailey.

Nicholas Gleaves as DS Andy Roper.

Lisa Riley as Nadia Hicks.

Lesley Sharp as DC Janet Scott.

Sean Maguire as PC Sean McCartney.

Amelia Bullmore as DCI Gill Murray and Nicholas Gleaves as DS Andy Roper.

Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp.

Gill Murray checks her Godzilla app.

OK. Can we get on and fight some crime now?.

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3 responses to “Scott & Bailey 2: Interviews

  1. Thank you, Ian, for the extra comments re Di and Viv and Rose. Lesley Sharp took in a performance of that play together with Brendan Coyle one of the nights I was there. That same evening, I sat next to a lady who said that she was friends with Amelia’s parents and therefore knew Amelia well. She was very proud of Amelia’s work.

  2. Sounds interesting, I missed Series 1 but will check it out. Pleased to read that Twenty-Twelve will be returning for a second series too as I enjoyed that last year.

  3. Pingback: Scott & Bailey 3: Interviews | Life of Wylie

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