Scott & Bailey is a British detective drama series that debuted on ITV on 29 May 2011. The programme's main characters are Detective Constable Rachel Bailey and DC Janet Scott, both of whom are members of the Major Incident Team of the fictional Manchester Metropolitan Police, headed by Detective Chief Inspector Gill Murray. The show revolves around the personal and professional lives of DC Bailey and DC Scott. It is based on an original idea by Jones and Sally Lindsay, who took the concept to executive producer Nicola Shindler. She brought in writer Sally Wainwright and Scott & Bailey was commissioned. It is produced by Manchester-based Red Production Company and is largely taped in the Greater Manchester area.
Rachel and Janet are close friends with different personalities: Rachel is impulsive and free-thinking, whereas Janet is subtle and wise. Janet, who is older than Rachel, is married and has two daughters, though her marriage is somewhat stale and she is having a sexual relationship with her work colleague, Andy. Eventually Janet and her husband separate, and her mother moves in to help raise the children with Janet getting home late most nights. Later on, in series 3, Janet learns that her still-husband is in another relationship. Rachel is not married and doesn't have any children, but is close to her sister. In the past, Rachel was involved in a tempestuous and unstable relationship with a barrister, Nick, who she discovers is already married with children and is a serial womanizer. In series 3 Rachel does marry but not for the right reasons, and later starts having an affair with her colleague, Kevin.See more