Scott & Bailey is to return for a fourth series, ITV has confirmed.

Surrane Jones and Lesley Sharp star as the female detective duo in the show, which is based on an idea by Suranne and fellow actress Sally Lindsay, who plays her sister, Alison, in the drama.

The crime drama revolves around the professional and private lives of Detective Constable Rachel Bailey (Suranne) and DC Janet Scott (Lesley) and the finale of series three earlier this year was watched by an average 7.1 million viewers.

The new series of Scott & Bailey, filmed on location in Manchester, will go into production in spring 2014.

Executive producer Nicola Shindler said: “We’re thrilled to be producing a new series of Scott & Bailey. 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.”