Scott & Bailey star Amelia Bullmore enjoying the gritty writing

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Grit, not gore makes Amelia Bullmore write on.

Scott & Bailey star Amelia Bullmore is showing she has the write stuff in the new series.

As well as playing top detective DCI Gill Murray, Amelia has penned half of the eight episodes in this new run that kicked off on ITV last week.

“I’ve written as well as acted for 19 years now so I don’t see it as a shift from one to the other,” explains Amelia.

“I love doing both and I hope to continue mixing them, but Scott & Bailey is the first time I’ve actually written for something I’m in.

“What makes it more straightforward than it might appear is that I didn’t devise the series. I was thrilled to get a part in the show at the beginning and then to be asked to write for it.

“I’ve come to know it very well and I love the characters. When I write for it I just do my best to honour the spirit of the show.”

Amelia says stars Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp give feedback on how their characters would speak and act. But one piece of writing did cause her some concern.

“I felt bad recently when I wrote a character launching a foul personal attack on one of the detectives, Pete Readyough,” she admits.

“It wasn’t really me being mean to the actor, Tony Mooney. We had a laugh about it but it was still odd.”

The Manchester-set cop shown is going from strength to strength.

“People tell me they appreciate that it’s gritty without being gory,” adds Amelia.

“And it isn’t flash and isn’t macho. It’s just quietly itself.”