03/04/2013 19:24 BST | Updated 03/06/2013 06:12 BST

'Scott And Bailey' TV Review Episode 1 - Lesley Sharp And Suranne Jones Return As Female Cop Duo

The return of this crime-fighting duo for a third series proved that female constabulary double acts do not stop with Cagney and Lacey.

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Scott and Bailey (Lesley Sharp and Suranne Jones) are back for a third series

Scott and Bailey (Lesley Sharp and Suranne Jones) were immediately thrust into a case in a house that "smells of evil" - pretty accurate summary for an ailing, wailing man in a bed, blood everywhere and, oh yes, a head on the staircase.

While this gothic tale of family dysfunction unfolded with Spooks alumna Nicola Walker giving her usual pale-eyed, significant stare, we also caught up with the personal lives of the pair. Scott had only a casserole in the oven for company now her marriage was officially over, while Bailey wasn't exactly revelling in the throes of fresh marital bliss, with her nice but dim Sean.

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With Amelia Bullmore, this show pulls us into the world of the police procedural

What I like best about this show, though, is how, while it constantly threatens to sneak into highly-coloured self-parody, particularly with the expressive face of the lemon-sucking boss DCI Murray (Amelia Bullmore), it remains steadfastly focused on the thorough world of the procedural, bouncing heads and all. It's a pretty engrossing combo and the hour flies by. Perfect for an unseasonal Wednesday night.

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