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.

Laura (Sarah Smart), Freddie (Jack McMullen) and Jonathan (Laurence Fox)

IT was the first week of Wimbledon in June when I met up with Laurence Fox in London.

To talk about his festive TV drama filmed in the spring.

Also interviewing co-star Sarah Smart later in the summer.

Such is the way of Christmas television.