ITV orders more Scott & Bailey and Monroe

Scott & Bailey{jcomments on}ITV has ordered second seasons of cop-drama Scott & Bailey, starring Lesley Sharp and Suranne Jones, and medical drama Monroe which starred James Nesbitt and Sarah Parish.

Includes ITV Press Release which includes confirms ITV has also renewed Vera and Case Sensitive

ITV had been widely expected to renew Scott & Bailey following its successful first season on the broadcaster. The opening episode of the detective drama pulled in over 8 million viewers – final figures pushed that above 9 million viewers. Final figures for the six-part drama reveal that over 7 million viewers or more watched each episode making Scott & Bailey a big success for ITV. The second series will be made up of eight episodes with filming due to start later this year and will air on ITV1 in 2012.

MonroeMeanwhile medical drama Monroe has also been renewed by ITV. The Thursday evening drama was one of the replacements for The Bill which ITV cancelled last year. The medical drama, starring James Nesbitt and Sarah Parish, launched with over 6 million viewers but across its first season ratings dropped to below 5 million viewers. There were some doubts over its renewal prospects based on the ratings but also the availability of lead actor Nesbitt who is currently in New Zealand filming for The Hobbit. However,  Martin Freeman has been given time away from filming the Lord of the Rings prequel to star in the second series of BBC One’s Sherlock – some its possible a similar deal may have been struck for Nesbitt.

Below is the ITV Press Release which also confirms (also we reported earlier this summer) the renewal of Vera and Case Sensitive.



International award winning actress Brenda Blethyn, OBE, makes a welcome return to ITV1 as Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope. Vera averaged 6.6m (25% share) with a peak episode of 6.8m (25% share) during the first series. Set once again in contemporary Northumberland and Newcastle, ITV Studios have commenced filming four new stand-alone episodes of the hit crime thriller.

Brenda Blethyn as VeraThe second series is produced by Elaine Collins who developed and produced the first series having discovered the novels written by international bestseller Ann Cleeves. ITV Studios Creative Director of Drama, Kate Bartlett, is Executive Producer. Kate’s co-Executive Producer on the series is fellow ITVS executive, Kate Lewis.

Paul Rutman rejoins the production team and has written the first film entitled ‘The Ghost Position‘. Paul has also written the fourth as yet untitled film. Colin Teevan has written the second film ‘Sandancers’ and Gaby Chiappe has adapted the third film ‘Silent Voices’, from Ann Cleeves’ latest novel. The 4 x 120 minute films will be directed by Peter Hoar, Julian Holmes and Paul Whittington. Vera has been re-commissioned by Laura Mackie, Director of Drama ITV and Sally Haynes, Controller of Drama ITV.

Scott & Bailey

Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp will resume their partnership as Scott & Bailey in 8 new episodes due in production at the end of October 2011 and for transmission during 2012.  Acclaimed writer and co-creator Sally Wainwright and Consultancy Producer Diane Taylor, a retired Detective within the Greater Manchester Police Force, who helped shape the first series and advised on the realities of working within a murder squad like Syndicate 9, will again join forces with Sally to write the series. It’s also hoped Amelia Bullmore, who returns as Detective Chief Insp Gill Murray, will also write for the series this year.

Scott & Bailey will once again explore the personal and professional lives of DC Janet Scott (Lesley Sharp) and DC Rachel Bailey (Suranne Jones), both members of Syndicate 9, a Major Incident Team within the Manchester Met Police, who are tasked with tracking down killers.
A producer for the series is still to be appointed and both Sally Wainwright and Nicola Shindler, Director of Red Production Company are Executive Producers. Based on an idea from Suranne and her former Coronation Street co-star Sally Lindsay, the series will be filmed on location in Manchester.  Scott & Bailey has been commissioned by Director of Drama Commissioning Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes, Controller of Drama Commissioning.


Mammoth Screen will go into production with new episodes of acclaimed medical drama Monroe during 2012, with James Nesbitt picking up his scalpel again to play neurosurgeon Gabriel Monroe for this second series.  Created by multi-award winning writer Peter Bowker, the new six episodes will find the newly divorced Monroe coming to terms with his single life and throwing himself with even greater energy into the life of St Matthew’s Hospital and the challenges of the operating theatre, with more jeopardy, humour and emotionally charged drama than ever before. Sarah Parish reprises her role as Monroe’s sparring partner cardiac surgeon Jenny Bremner.

Alongside the returning ensemble there will be two major new additions to the cast, both of whom will challenge Monroe’s world in significant ways. Monroe averaged 5.7m (22% share) viewers during its six week run and has been recommissioned by Laura Mackie, Director of Drama Commissioning, and Sally Haynes, Controller of Drama Commissioning, and is executive produced by Mammoth Screen’s Michele Buck and Damien Timmer for Mammoth Screen and writer Peter Bowker.  The series will again be filmed on location in Leeds.

Case Sensitive

Based on the highly acclaimed psychological suspense novels written by Sophie Hannah, Case Sensitive has been recommissioned by ITV1. Sophie’s deftly plotted and chilling police procedural stories lend themselves perfectly to adaptation for viewers who enjoy crime drama on ITV1. Two new episodes with origins in Sophie’s novel The Other Half Lives will be produced by Hat Trick Productions. Case Sensitive will again star Olivia Williams in the lead role of DS Charlie Zailer and Darren Boyd as DC Simon Waterhouse. The new two part story will be adapted by Sarah Williams (Poppy Shakespeare).  

Averaging 6.0m viewers each episode and a 20% share, with a peak episode of 6.7m, Case Sensitive was 1.4m and 3 share points above this year’s average performance for Monday and Tuesday evenings in the 9pm-10pm slot. Case Sensitive is executive produced for Hat Trick Productions by Mark Redhead. The new episodes will be filmed on location in Buckinghamshire and the director is still to be appointed. The drama has been commissioned by Controller of Drama Commissioning Sally Haynes and ITV’s Director of Drama Commissioning Laura Mackie.