Episode 1 The badly burned body of a disabled man turns up in a remote part of Manchester and a few days later another corpse is discovered. The detectives start to realise the victims were not just murdered, but tortured too. They make an arrest, but it becomes clear their investigation has just scratched the surface. Meanwhile, Janet throws her husband out and Rachel’s estranged brother turns up on her doorstep.
Episode 2 Despite arresting four people, the detectives face a wall of silence in their investigation into the grisly murders – but they eventually make a breakthrough, which doesn’t quite give them the answers they were expecting. On the domestic front, Rachel wakes up in bed with charismatic colleague Sean – a mistake she is keen never to repeat – and Janet wants to keep her newly single status a secret.
Episode 3 It’s Murray and Bailey this week, as Rachel travels to Bristol with the DCI, who is advising on a rape and murder case that bears similarities to one she worked on 13 years previously involving the deaths of four women. Back at home, meanwhile, the detective discovers her brother Dom has been prostituting himself in her flat – and also learns the charges against her ex-boyfriend Nick are being dropped.
Episode 4 The duo look into the murder of an eight-year-old boy, coming up against a paedophile who cruelly deceives his victim’s family. Dom’s HIV test comes back negative, so he sets out to celebrate – only to endanger his own life and jeopardise Rachel’s sergeant’s exam in the process. Janet tells Andy she is having second thoughts about their brief liaison, but he finds her decision hard to accept.
Episode 5 Janet comes face to face with the man who left her fighting for life just months earlier – serial killer Geoff Hastings, who has vowed to finally reveal the full extent of his crimes. Rachel and the rest of the team investigate the racially motivated murder of a taxi driver. On the personal front, Andy refuses to take no for an answer, so Janet threatens to report him to the DCI.
Episode 6 Rachel meets Sean’s son, who turns out to be an eight-year-old version of his dad, and the idea of becoming a stepmum puts her further off the idea of marriage than she was before – not that she even agreed in the first place. Andy asks Janet out for a drink, but when she turns him down he accuses her of leading him on. A woman in a sexy cop’s uniform turns up dead, and the DCI assumes the killer was her lover – the question is, which one of her many lovers was it? And to add to the mystery, why was her face painted green?
Episode 7 A gangland killing takes a surprising twist when it turns out the victim has been sexually mutilated. Andy punishes Janet by keeping her out of the heart of the investigation, and when she rebels, the ensuing row becomes personal. Rachel feels ambushed by Sean, who announces his mother wants to meet her – especially as she has spent years trying not to think about her own mum.
Episode 8 Rachel discovers Nick has been brutally assaulted – and she is top of the list of suspects. But even worse, she has no recollection of the previous night after a drunken hen party, and struggles to convince herself she did not do it. Janet thinks she has made her peace with Andy, until he gives her some misinformation that results in Gill missing an appointment with the coroner – so the DCI, tired of their games, announces one of them will have to go. A man’s accidental death turns into a murder investigation when his daughters reveal their mother often talked of killing him.
Detective drama, starring Lesley Sharp, Suranne Jones, Amelia Bullmore, Nicholas Gleaves, Ben Batt, Liam Boyle, Pippa Haywood, Sean Maguire, Judith Barker, Tony Pitts, Kevin Doyle, Sally Lindsay and Vincent Regan.
This series is as good as the first one.