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Scott and Bailey actress Suranne Jones: 'I like to shock people'
By SP_COP on September 06, 2014 | From www.express.co.uk
Scott and Bailey actress Suranne Jones: 'I like to shock people' From loud-mouthed factory machinist to First World War nurse, actress Suranne Jones has certainly had a varied acting career. But it’s the role of Detective Constable Rachel Bailey in ITV hit Scott & Bailey that holds a special place in her heart – especially as the show is based on Suranne’s own idea.

Now on its fourth series, Scott & Bailey came to fruition when Suranne and fellow ex-Coronation Street actress Sally Lindsay were discussing how there was a need for stronger roles for women on television. They came up with the concept for a show about two female police detectives.

After pitching the idea to executive producer Nicola Shindler, acclaimed writer Sally Wainwright (Last Tango In Halifax, Happy Valley) was brought in to develop a gritty drama that explores the personal and professional lives of DC Janet Scott (Lesley Sharp) and DC Rachel Bailey (Suranne). They are members of Syndicate 9, a division of Manchester Metropolitan Police headed by DCI Gill Murray (Amelia Bullmore).

The show, which returns for an eight-part run this week, has proved hugely popular.

So much so, that when it was re-commissioned at the beginning of the year, ITV’s director of drama Steve November said: “ITV drama without Scott & Bailey would be unthinkable.”

“It’s amazing how people have taken to it,” Suranne, 36, admits. “Lesley and I are so comfortable with each other now and we work so well together. But most of all, people like the characters and are interested in the dynamics of female relationships, which is great.”

Suranne sat down to tell Saturday what’s in store for our favourite female crime-fighting team…...
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