Scott & Bailey – Series 3 (2013)

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Episode 1 – Called to the home of an elderly couple who haven’t been seen for a while, Janet discovers Eunice Bevan’s severed head at the bottom of the stairs, her body at the top, and her husband Joe in bed, emaciated and barely able to speak. Meanwhile, the detective puts her house on the market, admitting her relationship with Adrian is over, and three months in to Rachel’s marriage to traffic cop Sean, she’s starting to feel a little claustrophobic.

Episode 2 – In a retrospective episode set immediately after the events of series two, Rachel faces further accusations of masterminding the fatal attack on ex-lover Nick and finds comfort in the arms of ever-faithful Sean, agreeing to marry him. Amid the wedding celebrations, Janet and Ade admit defeat and decide to split up for good, while Gill is duty bound to take action when she catches Pete in a compromising position. The detectives also investigate the case of a businessman suspected of murdering a homeless man.

Episode 3 – The detectives investigate the murder of a wealthy man whose double life left him vulnerable to exploitation. Away from work, Rachel’s recent moment of indiscretion threatens to come back to haunt her when a confused Sean takes a phone call from her one-night stand, and after Ade is pushed into living with his girlfriend on a permanent basis, Janet asks her mother to move in.

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Episode 4 – Troubled saleswoman Helen (Nicola Walker), whose mother was murdered back in episode one, turns up on Janet’s doorstep with information that takes the investigation in a completely different direction – paving the way for the formidable Det Supt Julie Dodson to be called in. Meanwhile, new recruit Sgt Rob Waddington arrives on the scene – putting Janet’s nose out of joint as she is demoted back down to constable.

Episode 5 – Having realised her marriage is a mistake, Rachel is still staying at Janet’s and making excuses for her absence, but Sean isn’t prepared to accept that things have gone so wrong, so quickly. Meanwhile, the investigation into Joe Bevan continues as the body count rises and the team faces the mammoth task of identifying the victims and determining the order in which they were murdered.

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Episode 6 – Dorothy becomes concerned her grand-daughter Taisie is being influenced by Rachel, while Janet is mortified when Gill berates her for inappropriate behaviour toward young sergeant Rob. The detective duo are sent to investigate the death of a man in a nursing home after his daughter complains about the level of care he had been receiving. Will they find any evidence of foul play?

Episode 7 – Rachel is shocked when Janet walks in on her and Kevin in the bedroom, and is forced to acknowledge that her chaotic life is affecting her work. Meanwhile, Syndicate 9 are left reeling at the identity of the mole in the team, and when a body is found in Oldham town centre, the detective duo discover that a spate of street robberies may lead them to the killer.

Episode 8 – With their friendship in tatters, the lack of communication between Rachel and Janet is making even the simplest of tasks difficult, and it takes a call about Gill’s possible abduction to reunite them as a team. The duo soon have Gill’s car in their sights and identify the kidnapper, but discover they are heading for a notorious suicide location. Can the detectives get to their boss in time?

Detective drama, starring Lesley Sharp, Suranne Jones, Amelia Bullmore, David Prosho, Tony Mooney, Delroy Brown, Ben Batt, Judith Barker, Sean Maguire, Nicola Walker, George Costigan, Danny Miller and Pippa Haywood.

This series is as the first two, excellent with a gripping storyline. As usual Nicola Walker is brilliant, I love what she does since I first watch her in Spooks.

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