'Scott & Bailey: Season 1'
(Suranne Jones, Lesley Sharp, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2014 / BBC Video)
Overview: Two female detectives, one motherly, the other emotionally immature, have varying levels of success applying their eccentric outlooks on life to their police cases and private lives.
DVD Verdict: I have watched this when I spent time back in the UK and LOVED the series (up to season 3 now over there). These two central characters - Detective Constable Rachel Bailey and her partner Detective Constable Janet Scott - are like oil and water but work so well together (both on and off the job).
As their police cases and private lives crash into each other throughout the search for the truth, you instantly think that that brilliant (and uber sexy) DC Bailey (Suranne Jones) is the one with all the problems. Given that she's single, sleeps around, drinks and DC Scott is married, with kids. But keep watching, that's all I'll say!
Anyway, 'Scott and Bailey's first episode was really rather superb! OK so it was a little predictable, but the banter between all of the characters and the clever questioning by DC Bailey at the end made this an enjoyable cop drama. To be fair, this series has a lot to live up to as it has a likable cast and its home, ITV, have a reputation for writing some very interesting and good detective dramas: Morse, Lewis, Vera, Midsomer Murders and Law and Order: UK.
Which is weird to see it released over here in the US via BBC Home Entertainment! Anyway, moving on and 'Scott & Bailey's writing and acting is high class. This highly-entertaining detective dramas comes jam-packed with one-liners, sticky moments and bonding that would make your face melt off!
Indeed, it's their unique (trust me, VERY unique!) relationships that remain sharp throughout that make it, for my money better than 'Blue Murder' - which is also a good series, trust me! And the stories in season one are valid and dark and the humor works because it is not forced. Actually, the only UK detective show I like better at the moment is 'Luther' - but this is more of an ensemble show; which I like better (if that makes any sense?! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:
Behind the Scenes Featurette