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More hit British TV shows are making their way to this side of the pond, thanks to dozens of local PBS stations. Following on the heels of their airing DCI Banks and Death in Paradise comes the hit ITV detective drama Scott & Bailey.

Scott & Bailey
Scott & Bailey © ITV

This BAFTA-nominated Scott & Bailey (Best Drama Series 2012) stars Suranne Jones (Five Days, Strictly Confidential) as DC Rachel Bailey and Lesley Sharp (Afterlife, The Shadow Line) as DC Janet Scott, homicide detectives assigned to the Manchester Metropolitan Police department’s Major Incident Team headed up by DCI Gill Murray (Amelia Bullmore, Ashes to Ashes, Twenty Twelve).

Based on an idea by the BAFTA-nominated Jones and fellow Coronation Street cast member Sally Lindsay, and created and written by BAFTA-nominated writer Sally Wainwright (Unforgiven, also staring Jones) and former real-world detective Diane Taylor, Scott & Bailey is a character-centric police procedural drama that delves into the lead characters’ personal and professional lives as well as the crimes they investigate.

Scott and Bailey S1 US DVDThe show’s focus on their friendships, working partnerships, and relationships with their families and significant others gives viewers an authenticity not found in many other programs in this genre and a whole other dimension from which to develop a vested interest in the characters themselves, not just in their solving crimes and catching bad guys.

(These multidimensional aspects of the characters have paid off. The first two series of Scott & Bailey delivered consistently high viewership numbers, and ITV commissioned a third series, which is set to air aired in the UK in Spring 2013 and in the US not too long afterward.)

Scott, a married mum of two in her 40s, is smart, even-keeled, and in a marriage that is becoming untenable, leading to her having an affair with colleague DS Andy Roper (Sharp’s real-life husband Nicholas Gleaves of Public Enemies and Survivors). She joined the police after her childhood friend, Veronica, was murdered and the case went unsolved.

Scott & Bailey US S2 DVDBailey, on the other hand, is 30-something, single, and given to bouts of impulsive, take-no-prisoners behavior, which often lands her in hot water with Murray, amongst others. She’s been having an affair with barrister Nick Savage (Rupert Graves, The Forsyte Saga, Garrow’s Law), who, unbeknownst to her for the first two years of their relationship, is both married with children and a serial womanizer.

And Murray, who’s been friends with Scott for many years, is a single mum who has her hands full with an ex-husband, teenage son, and demanding job, not to mention Bailey.

The personal storylines in Scott & Bailey thread one episode to the next, and certain investigations. e.g. Veronica’s unsolved murder, make up arcs through each season’s episodes. So, to get the lowdown on who did what to whom (and I don’t mean just crimes based in law), it’s best to watch the series from the beginning. The PBS stations listed below are currently airing or (as of today) will be airing Scott & Bailey. Check your local listings for dates and times.

UPDATE: Many stations are still airing Series 1 and 2 of Scott & Bailey, and since the start of September 2013, some have begun airing Series 3 (which is just as fabulous as the first two). Check your local listings for details.

UPDATE 2: This is the FULL LIST of PBS member stations and independent public television stations airing the first three series of Scott & Bailey.

State City Station
ARKANSAS Arkadelphia, El Dorado, Fayetteville, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Mountain View
CALIFORNIA San Francisco/Oakland, San Jose
CONNECTICUT Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, Norwich
FLORIDA Tampa/St. Petersburg
IDAHO Boise, Coeur d’Alene, Moscow, Pocatello, Twin Falls
ILLINOIS Carbondale (Paducah, KY/Cape Girardeau, MO/Harrisburg, IL)
IOWA Council Bluffs, Davenport (Quad Cities), Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Iowa City, Mason City, Red Oak, Sioux City, Waterloo
KENTUCKY Ashland, Bowling Green, Concinnati/Covington, Elizabethtown, Hazard, Lexington, Louisville, Madisonville, Morehead, Murray, Owensboro, Owenton, Paducah, Pikeville, Somerset
MARYLAND Annapolis, Baltimore, Frederick, Hagerstown, Oakland, Salisbury
MINNESOTA Minneapolis/St. Paul
MISSISSIPPI Biloxi, Booneville, Bude, Greenwood, Jackson, Meridian, Oxford, Starkville
MISSOURI Kansas City
NEVADA Las Vegas
NEW HAMPSHIRE Durham, Keene, Littleton
NEW JERSEY Camden, Montclair, New Brunswick, Trenton
NEW YORK Buffalo
NEW YORK Garden City/New York City
NEW YORK New York City
NEW YORK Plattsburgh
NEW YORK Watertown
NORTH CAROLINA Asheville, Chapel Hill/Raleigh-Durham, Charlotte/Concord, Edenton/Columbia, Greenville, Jacksonville, Linville, Lumberton, Roanoke Rapids, Wilmington, Winston-Salem/Greensboro/High Point
OHIO Bowling Green
OHIO Dayton/Portsmouth, Oxford/Cincinnati
OHIO Cleveland/Akron, Youngstown
OREGON Bend, Corvallis, Eugene, La Grande, Portland
TEXAS Dallas
TEXAS San Antonio
UTAH Salt Lake City, Richfield, St. George
VERMONT Burlington, Rutland, St. Johnsbury, Windsor
VIRGINIA Charlottesville, Richmond
WEST VIRGINIA Grandview/Bluefield-BeckleyHuntington, Morgantown
WISCONSIN Green Bay, La Crosse, Madison, Menomonie (Eau Claire), Park Falls, Wausau
WYOMING Casper, Lander (Riverton), Laramie (Cheyenne)


Hit Detective Series Scott & Bailey Comes to Local PBS Stations [UPDATED]