Ex-Calderdale police chief moves into TV work

Bob and Carol Bridgestock
Bob and Carol Bridgestock

A former Calderdale detective superintendent and his police civilian wife have been appointed consultants for a hit TV series.

Bob & Carol Bridgestock – who became successful novelists after their combined 47-year police career - will work on the ITV crime series Scott and Bailey.

The couple will work behind the scenes as consultant for the storylines and police procedure on the fourth series of the show.

Scott and Bailey stars Amelia Bullmore, Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp act as police officers Gill Murray, Rachel Bailey and Janet Scott - three members of Manchester’s Major Incident Team.

The show’s third run drew to a close on May 23, pulling in a final audience of 7.1 million viewers.

Mr Bridgestock, who handled several murder inquiries, and his wife Carol, are the couple behind the crime novels featuring Det Insp Jack Dylan, set in the fictional Yorkshire town of Harrowfield.

Darren Laws from Caffeine Nights, the Bridgestocks’ UK Publisher, said: ‘’This follows on from the rights sale into South Korea & Turkey and marks a fantastic year for Bob and Carol Bridgestock.

“They have also been working as consultants with Red Productions Co on a new BBC 1 commissioned crime drama ‘Happy Valley’.”

The couple will shortly launch a story-writing competition in Calderdale, tied in with their November book launch of their latest novel “Snow Kills.”