ITV commissions second series of The Bay

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by Mark Johnson

ITV and Tall Story Pictures, the producers of The Bay, have commissioned of a second series of the hit Morecambe based drama following the gripping series finale.

Written by award-winning writer and playwright Daragh Carville (Being Human, The Smoke, Cherrybomb), The Bay achieved consolidated audiences of seven million viewers with a share of 27 per cent across six episodes, the broadcaster said. 

Set in the coastal town of Morecambe, The Bay stars Morven Christie (The A Word, The Replacement) as police Family Liaison Officer, DS Lisa Armstrong and Daniel Ryan (Mount Pleasant, Black Sea) playing DI Tony Manning.

The second series has been commissioned by ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill.

“I am delighted with the audience response to The Bay”, Hill said. 

“It’s very real and beautifully made by everyone involved, and as a result it held an audience of seven million across six weeks. 

“I think that audience will enjoy seeing where Daragh takes Lisa and the team, when they return with a new case for series two next year.”

Executive Producer Catherine Oldfield said: “We are so thrilled that The Bay found such a large audience and that the fantastic world and characters brought to life by Daragh Carville will be returning to ITV. 

“It was an incredible production, shot in a beautiful location and thanks to ITV’s belief in the story we wanted to tell, we get to do it all over again.”

The second series will begin filming later this year with further casting news to be announced closer to production.

ITVS GE is responsible for the international distribution of The Bay.

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