ITV have announced Scott & Bailey will return for a fourth series in next year.
The new series starring Lesley Sharp and Suranne Jones will go into production during Spring 2014.
Amelia Bullmore will also reprise her role as no-nonsense DCI Gill Murray who keeps the team under control in spite of the pressures she faces at work and in her home life. Additionally, Amelia will write four of the scripts for the new series.
Produced by Red Production Company and filmed on location in the Manchester area, Scott and Bailey has become one of ITV’s most enduring and successful returning series. The finale of series 3 earlier this year was watched by an average 7.1 million viewers and delivered a 27% audience share. In fact series 3 saw growth in viewers on the previous series as the share of available audience improved.
Co-creator and writer Sally Wainwright (Last Tango in Halifax, Unforgiven, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard), will executive produce the new series with Nicola Shindler (The Syndicate, Blackout, Leaving), who is Director of Red Production Company.
Scott and Bailey is based on an idea by Suranne Jones and fellow actress Sally Lindsay, who plays Bailey’s sister Alison in the drama.
“We’re thrilled to be producing a new series of Scott and Bailey,” said Nicola. “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,” she added.
Scott and Bailey has been commissioned by ITV’s Director of Drama, Steve November.
“ITV Drama without Scott and Bailey would be unthinkable,” said Steve. “Its reputation for quality storytelling and great characterisation precedes it and it’s become a firm favourite with ITV viewers. We’re delighted to be working with Nicola, Sally and Red Production Company on a fourth series.”