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The two partners rely on each other to get things done. (ITV)

Two partners, one friendship, a lot of drama …

What’s on: Scott and Bailey
What is it: In its third season, this gritty crime drama series revolves around the professional and personal lives of detectives Janet Scott (Lesley Sharp) and Rachel Bailey (Suranne Jones) who are a part of the Major Incident Team (MIT) of the Manchester Metropolitan Police. Janet is married, has children, and thinks things through before acting. Rachel is single, hot headed and argumentative. The two differ very much but absolutely trust each other. As Janet puts it, “I’d be bored out of my tree if I didn’t have you to look forward to every day.”
Air-date: March 29, 2011 on ITV
Who’s watching: 5.69 million Brits (Available on PBS)
Why so popular: This show has punch. Literally! These women don’t back down, stand up for the little guy and, at the end of the day, themselves. It’s full of humor, lunch-time pints, and while it’s a drama, they bring the laughs.
American counterpart: Cagney & Lacey aired for seven seasons on CBS from 1981 to 1988, following two female New York City police detectives.

Okay, rather than posting the trailer for season three and spoiling anything, let’s backtrack to the season one trailer and catch up a bit:

YouTube fan SarryWalton went as far as two splice and compare clips from both Scott and Bailey and Cagney and Lacey. There’s a number of years between the two shows but we can definitely see and feel the similarities. And, well, it’s a bit of fun. Check it out, below:

BBCA’s Wild Things host and personality Dominic Monaghan is a fan!

Scott and Bailey is a great way to top off a good day, according to this Twitter fan:

ITV has an evidence board to help followers keep up with the cases:

We checked a few PBS stations and the show is currently airing, check your local PBS listing! Or, you can own it by purchasing the series from

The Brits are watching it … are you?!

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By Brigid Brown