11 March 2013

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

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: Season One
This BAFTA-nominated program (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 Streetcast 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. The 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 & Bailey: Season Two
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 (Nicholas Gleaves, Public Enemies,Survivors).She joined the police after her childhood friend, Veronica, was murdered and the case went unsolved.

Bailey, 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.

Scott & Bailey: Series Three
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. (Some of the stations have finished airing Series 1 and 2, but may still have the videos on their websites, such as KPBS.) 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 incredible!). 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.

Arizona
  • Phoenix -- KAET 8 / Eight -- Arizona PBS

Arkansas -- Arkansas Educational Television Network
  • Arkadelphia -- KETG 13
  • El Dorado -- KETZ 10
  • Fayetteville -- KAFT 9
  • Jonesboro -- KTEJ 7
  • Little Rock -- KETS 7
  • Mountain View -- KEMV 13

California
  • Los Angeles -- KCET 28 (independent public television station)
  • San Diego -- KPBS 15 HD
  • San Francisco/Oakland -- KQED 9
  • San Jose -- KQEH 54

Connecticut -- Connecticut Public Television
  • Bridgeport -- WEDW 49
  • Hartford -- WEDH 24
  • New Haven -- WEDY 65
  • Norwich -- WEDN 53

District of Columbia
  • DC and surrounding areas in MD & VA -- WETA UK

Florida
  • Tampa -- WUSF 16

Georgia
  • Atlanta -- PBA 30

Idaho -- Idaho Public Television
  • Boise -- KAID 4
  • Coeur d'Alene -- KCDT 26
  • Moscow -- KUID 35
  • Pocatello -- KISU 10
  • Twin Falls -- KIPT 13

Illinois
  • Carbondale -- WSIU 8
  • Chicago -- WTTW 11

Iowa -- Iowa Public Television
  • Council Bluffs -- KBIN-TV 32
  • Davenport/Quad Cities -- KQIN 36
  • Des Moines -- KDIN-TV 11
  • Fort Dodge -- KTIN 21
  • Iowa City -- KIIN 12
  • Mason City -- KYIN 24
  • Red Oak -- KHIN 36
  • Sioux City -- KSIN-TV 27
  • Waterloo -- KRIN 32

Kentucky -- Kentucky Educational Television
  • Ashland -- WKAS 25
  • Bowling Green -- WKGB 53
  • Covington/Cincinnati -- WCVN 54
  • Elizabethtown -- WKZT 23
  • Hazard -- WKHA 35
  • Lexington -- WKLE 46
  • Louisville -- WKPC 15 / WKMJ 68
  • Madisonville -- WKMA 35
  • Morehead -- WKMR 38
  • Murray -- WKMU 21
  • Owensboro -- WKOH 31
  • Owenton -- WKON 52
  • Paducah -- WKPD 29
  • Pikeville -- WKPI 22
  • Somerset -- WKSO 29

Maryland-- Maryland Public Television
  • Annapolis -- WMPT 22
  • Baltimore -- WMPB 67
  • Frederick -- WFPT 62
  • Hagerstown -- WWPB 31
  • Oakland -- WGPT 36
  • Salisbury -- WCPB 28

Massachusetts
  • Boston -- WGBH 2 / WGBX 44

Michigan
  • Detroit -- WTVS 56

Minnesota
  • Minneapolis / St. Paul -- KTCA 2

Mississippi -- Mississippi Public Broadcasting
  • Biloxi -- WMAH-TV 19
  • Booneville -- WMAE-TV 12
  • Bude -- WMAU-TV 17
  • Greenwood -- WMAO-TV 23
  • Jackson -- WMPN-TV 29
  • Meridian -- WMAW-TV 14
  • Oxford -- WMAV-TV 18
  • Starkville -- WMAB-TV 2

Missouri
  • Kansas City -- KCPT 19 HD

Nevada
  • Las Vegas -- KLVX 10

New Hampshire Public Television
  • Durham -- WENH-TV 11
  • Keene -- WEKW-TV 52
  • Littleton -- WLED-TV 49

New Jersey
  • Newark / New York City -- WNET 13

New York
  • Buffalo -- WNED 17
  • Plattsburgh -- WCFE 57
  • Watertown -- WPBS 16

North Carolina -- UNC TV
  • Asheville -- WUNF-TV 33
  • Chapel Hill / Raleigh-Durham -- WUNC-TV 4
  • Charlotte / Concord -- WUNG-TV 58
  • Edenton / Columbia -- WUND-TV 2
  • Greenville -- WUNK-TV 25
  • Jacksonville -- WUNM-TV 19
  • Linville -- WUNE-TV 17
  • Lumberton -- WUNU 31
  • Roanoke Rapids -- WUNP-TV 36
  • Wilmington -- WUNJ-TV 39
  • Winston-Salem / Greensboro / High Point -- WUNL-TV 26

Ohio
  • Bowling Green -- WBGU 27
  • Dayton/Portsmouth WPTD 16
  • Youngstown/Akron -- WNEO 45 / WEAO 49 -- Western Reserve Public Media

Oregon -- Oregon Public Broadcasting
  • Bend -- KOAB 11
  • Corvallis -- KOAC 7
  • Eugene -- KEPB 28
  • La Grande -- KTVR 13
  • Portland -- KOPB 10

Texas
  • Dallas / Fort Worth -- KERA 13
  • San Antonio -- KLRN 9

Utah
  • Salt Lake City -- KUED 7
  • St. George -- KUEW 19

Vermont -- Vermont Public Television
  • Burlington -- WETK 33
  • Rutland -- WVER 28
  • St. Johnsbury -- WVTB 20
  • Windsor -- WVTA 41

Virginia -- Community Idea Stations
  • Charlottesville -- WHTJ 41
  • Richmond -- WCVE-TV 23 / WCVW 57

Washington
  • Seattle -- KCTS-TV 9
  • Spokane -- KSPS 7

West Virginia -- West Virginia Public Broadcasting
  • Grandview/Bluefield-Beckley -- WSWP 9
  • Huntington -- WPBY 33
  • Morgantown -- WNPB 24

Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee -- WMVS 10 / WMVT 36 -- Milwaukee Public Television
Wisconsin Public Television
  • Green Bay -- WPNE-TV 38
  • La Crosse -- WHLA-TV 31
  • Madison -- WHA-TV 21
  • Menomonie/Eau Claire -- WHWC-TV 28
  • Park Falls -- WLEF-TV 36
  • Wausau -- WHRM-TV 20

Wyoming -- Wyoming PBS
  • Casper - KPTW 6
  • Lander (Riverton) - KCWC-TV 4
  • Laramie (Cheyenne) - KWYP-TV 8

If your local PBS or independent public television station isn't or won't be airing Scott & Bailey, check the websites of the stations shown above to see if they are streaming the program. you can stream Episode 1 Episodes 6-8 of Series 2 now, courtesy of KPBS. Or grab pre-order a Region 1 copy of the Scott & Bailey Season Oneand Season TwoDVDs at Amazon.com and the Region 2 one for Series Threeat Amazon UK.


Speaking of Series 3, I'll post a new list of stations if and when local PBS stations (or PBS nationally) pick it up from ITV.

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6 comments:

  1. love this series as well as Doc Martin. The Brits rule

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    1. I tried Doc Martin...ut very slow. Does it get "quicker"? Does he ever smile?

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    2. Nope. The show doesn't get quicker and he doesn't smile. He's meant to be a curmudgeon, so his smiling would be counter to the show's premise. Scott & Bailey is quicker; try it, you might like it. :-)

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  2. I know, right? Scott & Bailey is at the top of my faves list. I can't wait for Series 3 to get to the States!

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  3. A+ rating from me. I love this series!

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