The Bay is ITV’s brand new six-part drama (Picture: ITV)ITV’s latest drama, The Bay, is here and it’s sure to fill that huge void left by Broadchurch.
Game of Thrones slammed for lack of diversity by Ben Bailey-Smith – aka Doc BrownStarring Morven Christie as D.S. Lisa Armstrong, a family liaison officer, the show follows Armstrong as she investigates a missing person case.
Matters are thoroughly complicated when she realises that she has a personal link to the case.
The series will run for six episodes, and is due to start tonight, Wednesday 20 March.
Where is ITV’s The Bay set?
The Bay was filmed and takes place in the coastal Lancashire town of Morecambe, and, as you might have guessed, Morecambe Bay features prominently.
It’s the largest stretch of sand and intertidal mudflats in the UK, and as such, will no doubt make for a pretty atmospheric setting for the crime drama.
The Bay, which cast members insist is nothing like Broadchurch despite constant comparisons, is a British procedural drama about the disappearance of children from the point of view of both the police investigation and from the family of the missing, set in a provincial seaside town.
According to members of the cast however, that is where the similarities between the two shows end.
‘There’s more to it than a witty twosome, there’s a family of officers so it can’t be that,’ said Taheen Modak, who plays D.C Ahmed Kharim, at an exclusive preview.
‘Naturally you might draw comparisons because of the seaside town thing. At most and at best that, because we’re following family liaison officers specifically, and we don’t usually see that on TV.
‘You don’t see the people volunteering and talking to the families while the police in uniform are out there doing a different job.’
His co-star Daniel Ryan, who plays D.I Tony Manning added: ‘It’s a whole different thing. It’s not hurried. It’s not all action and running about.
‘We’ve tried to keep it as real as we can, which isn’t always dramatic. The drama is in the family, it’s their loss.’
The first episode of The Bay airs tonight, 20 March, from 9pm until 10pm, on ITV.
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