Morven Christie (The A Word, Hunted) has been set as the lead in The Bay, ITV’s six episode police drama series which hails from Tall Story Pictures, award-winning writer Daragh Carville and Richard Clark.
The Bay is set in the unique coastal town of Morecambe and follows Detective Sergeant Lisa Armstrong, who is assigned to a missing persons investigation in Morecambe. As a police Family Liaison Officer, she’s trained never to get emotionally involved.
Her job is to support families during the worst time of their lives whilst also to be the eyes and ears of the police investigation; a cuckoo in the nest. But there’s something very different about this particular case. With horror Lisa realises she’s got a personal connection with this frightened family; one that could compromise her and the investigation. As she grapples to get justice for the grieving family, Lisa discovers it could come at the cost of her own.
Morven Christie plays Detective Sergeant Lisa Armstrong. “Lisa is such a refreshingly real character – brilliant and flawed, trying to make everything work, and often failing”, she said. “I adore her. And I loved Daragh’s scripts, rooted in the families and community of this distinctive town. I can’t wait to get stuck in with Lee and the team, and this fantastic cast he has put together. I hope we’re going to make something that feels raw and real, as well as being a hugely compelling story.”
Rounding out the cast is 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), newcomer Taheen Modak and Daniel Ryan (Mount Pleasant, Black Sea).
The Bay was co-created by Richard Clark and Daragh Carville, with Carville penning the scripts. Philip Leach is the series producer, while Lee Haven Jones (Shetland, Vera) and Robert Quinn (Home Fires, Endeavour) are attached to direct. The executive producer is Catherine Oldfield for Tall Story Pictures. Production gets underway this month in and around the Morecambe area and in Manchester. The series was commissioned by ITV’s Head of Drama Poly Hill. ITV Studios Global Entertainment are handling global sales.