A reopened murder investigation in the next Scott & Bailey (Wednesday, ITV) causes bad feeling between DS Rob Waddington and Rachel Bailey, as Danny Miller reveals…
Since being fast-tracked into the Major Incident Team as sergeant, how has Rob developed?
“Rob’s definitely matured a little bit, he’s got used to the job and he’s got used to Scott and Bailey. It’s nice to see how much he’s changed.”
We hear that, this week, Rob lands a promotion to another team. How does that come about?
“Well, an opportunity comes up and DCI Gill Murray (Amelia Bullmore) thinks he’s the right man for the job. It means leaving MIT unfortunately, but Rob knows where he wants to be and he knows he’s going on to better things.”
But, before he goes, Rob works with Rachel on one final case when the death of 32-year-old mum-of-two Mandy Sweeting in 1991 is reinvestigated…
“That’s right. Having just solved one serious crime, the MIT team uncovers this historic case. Rob’s policeman dad Frankie worked on the case originally and appears in this episode.”
Rob’s livid, isn’t he, when Rachel viciously criticises Frankie’s old-fashioned police style in front of the whole team?
“Frankie is an old school copper, while Rob is quite new school. He comes in to help the new investigation and it’s clear that back in 1991 it was a case of ‘let’s get this case closed’. Lots of cases weren’t investigated thoroughly enough.”
Will Rachel and Rob’s differing views destroy their friendship and sour Rob’s departure?
“Luckily, Rob doesn’t end up leaving under a cloud. But I don’t know if he’ll return…”
Speaking of returning, are you enjoying being back on Emmerdale as Aaron Livesy?
“Well, I don’t have any plans to leave any time soon – I’m hoping to be back on Emmerdale for a long run.”