Everything you need to know about ITV’s new crime drama The Bay

From Broadchurch to Marcella, ITV is known for creating critically acclaimed crime dramas and their latest instalment is no different. The Bay, a new six-part series which is currently in production, is set to be the broadcaster’s next big hit.

Written by Daragh Carville, the man behind Being Human, The Smoke and Cherrybomb, The Bay is already being compared to Broadchurch due to its similarities to the BAFTA winning series. So what’s it all about? Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming show…

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The plot

Just like Broadchurch, The Bay is set in a coastal town – only this time, the town is Morecambe. It follows DS Lisa Armstrong (played by Morven Christie), a police Family Liaison Officer, who is assigned to a missing person investigation following the disappearance of fraternal twins. However, she soon discovers that she has a personal connection to the case and it could compromise the entire investigation.

On top of her demanding and challenging (to say the least) work-life, Lisa is struggling with her troubled teenage daughter Abbie (played by Imogen King), and simmering teenage son (played by Louis Greatorex), who both seem to know more about the missing twins than they are letting on.

The broadcaster has remained tight-lipped about any other details regarding the show and its tone. But ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill,  did say: ‘It’s always a challenge to find a fresh take on crime, but Daragh Carville has written a very real crime story about family and community, which is distinctive, compelling and beautifully crafted. I’m delighted Morven Christie has agreed to play DS Lisa Armstrong alongside a very impressive ensemble cast.’

Similarly, Christie said: ‘I loved Daragh’s scripts, rooted in the families and community of this distinctive town. […] I hope we’re going to make something that feels raw and real, as well as being a hugely compelling story.’

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The cast

As mentioned, Scottish actress Morven Christie, who fans will recognise from ITV’s Grantchester and BBC’s The Replacement, takes the lead role as DS Lisa Armstrong. The drama will also star Jonas Armstrong (Troy, Ripper Street), Tracie Bennett (Scott & Bailey, Coronation Street), Lindsey Coulson (Funny Cow, Bullet Proof), Chanel Cresswell (This is England ’90, Murdered For Being Different), Louis Greatorex (Last Tango in Halifax, Safe), Adam Long (Happy Valley, Peterloo) and Daniel Ryan (Mount Pleasant, Black Sea).

‘I’m beyond proud that this brilliant cast is coming on board to tell the story of The Bay. I can’t wait to welcome them to Morecambe,’ said Carville.

Speaking of her complex character, the show’s star Christie told Digital Spy: ‘It’s quite arresting being introduced to the leading character while she’s making dramatic mistakes.

‘She has to unpick things, unravel things to cover up the things she’s done. Alongside that, she’s really good at this job, but I also found her believable. A lot of the time with leading characters there’s a legend created around them in the script that [makes them] not that believable as human beings, and I just bought this person. This is someone I believe as being real.’

She also pointed out the importance of the representation for working class people the show provides, telling the publication: ‘I think what I loved about the script is that it wasn’t about middle-class people, that this was about a different community that we weren’t seeing on TV all of the time. And she as a character has grown up in that community and it means a lot to her and the people mean a lot to her.’

When will it air?

Filming for The Bay kicked off last summer but no air date has been confirmed yet. However, keep your eyes peeled for updates as you won’t want to miss it – especially if you’re a Broadchurch fan.