Scott and Bailey recomissioned for fourth series

'Scott and Bailey' has been recomissioned for a fourth series, which will see Lesley Sharp and Suranne Jones reprise their respective roles of Janet Scott and Rachel Bailey

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'Scott and Bailey' has been recomissioned for a fourth series.

Lesley Sharp and Suranne Jones are to reprise their respective roles of Janet Scott and Rachel Bailey in the ITV drama, and Amelia Bullmore will pen four of the scripts for the new series as well as returning as DCI Gill Murray.

Steve November, ITV's Director of Drama, said: "ITV Drama without 'Scott and Bailey' would be unthinkable.

"Its reputation for quality storytelling and great characterisation precedes it and it's become a firm favourite with ITV viewers."

The show - which is based on an idea by Suranne and Sally Lindsay, who plays her sister Alison in the drama - will go into production in spring 2014, and will see co-creator and writer Sally Wainwright executive produce alongside Nicola Shindler.

Nicola said: "We're thrilled to be producing a new series of 'Scott and Bailey'.

"It's rewarding to think the public have become so familiar with the characters and taken them to heart. With this new series, we have the chance to explore great story ideas and continue developing those characters."

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