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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Scott & Bailey: Season Three'
(Suranne Jones, Lesley Sharp, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2015 / BBC America)

Overview: Season 3 of the award-winning crime drama starring Suranne Jones (Unforgiven, Single Father) and Lesley Sharp (Afterlife, Cranford) returns with one case that rocks the Manchester police department across eight harrowing episodes. Will the strong bond hold between detectives and friends Janet Scott and Rachel Bailey?

DVD Verdict: In all truth, I couldn't stop until I'd watched all eight episodes in a row on this incredible DVD! I binge watched the entire season in one (1) evening/early morning! This season three is INCREDIBLE, has one running theme, more than anything shown in the past two seasons, and both Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp give brilliant, stand out performance alongside the other cast. I loved that it's one of a few stories set from women's point of view, dealing with the professional and personal issues.

I think we should have more of that. I can't judge if the work of police was shown true to life, but it definitely seemed more realistic than the 'bang-bang case-solved!' sort of shows. 'Scott & Bailey' has cross-cutting plot lines, which also makes it more interesting to watch. Plus Jones, above all really puts herself abut when chasing criminals! Wow, does this girl run, duck, dive, thump!

In the third series, Janet and Rachel start off at a low point in their personal relationship, which remains under pressure throughout. Rachel soon has doubts about her recent marriage whilst Janet has yet to fully come to terms with her own break up. Meanwhile an interesting assortment of cases come the team's way, usually involving murder most foul. However, one of the strengths of this series is that, in a departure from the norm, the personal lives of those involved often take center stage and this is the case for a lot of the time here. It is certainly a valid comment that there are no strong men in 'Scott & Bailey,' but personally I do not think this detracts from the entertainment.

The last episode was probably the strongest of the series and involved a dramatic kidnapping. There was some excellent acting here, particularly by Gill Murray (Amelia Bullmore) who continues to be an essential element and an excellent foil for the two ladies. I do not think a fourth series has yet been announced but I imagine it is very likely. I certainly hope so as this is a series which needs to be shown ore and more around the world, especially in places that believe its only men that deal with the scum of the world on a daily basis.

Neither Scott nor Bailey is an angel, sure, but it's not often you get something like this on the TV when you are glued for an hour. Indeed, this entire production is complete with excellent actors, interesting and fast moving stories and seems quite realistic. And yet, the fact that such realism is brought forth on TV, it still manages to leave you wanting more. My husband and I sat for nearly an hour after discussing this last episode of season three and I have to say, we're still divided on the moral aspects that dwell within it. I hope you all are too. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:

Behind the Scenes Featurette