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Hit ITV1 drama The Bay returning for a fifth series

Series 5 will focus on a new case and filming will begin later this year.

Today it has been confirmed that hit Morecambe based drama The Bay, written by Daragh Carville will be returning for a fifth series which will see the latest case for Morecambe MIU focus on the emotionally complex life of a divided family.

With the father and mother of the victim, bitterly divorced, Jenn Townsend and the team will have to tread very carefully to keep the whole family onside.

Filming begins later this year on the new series, with further casting news to be announced.

Series 4 saw Marsha Thomason return as Jenn Townsend, having settled in to Morecambe CID alongside cast regulars Daniel Ryan, Erin Shanagher, Andrew Dowbiggin and Thomas Law.


The series also saw the return of Barry Sloane as Chris Fischer, Jenn’s partner, and Georgia Scholes as Chris’s daughter Erin, and David Carpenter and Emme Hayes as Conor and Maddie, Jenn’s children.


The Bay has been commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill who speaking about the show’s upcoming return, said “We’re delighted to be returning to Morecambe for another series of The Bay. The series is a huge success story for ITV and we’re grateful to Catherine Oldfield, Daragh Carville and the team at Tall Story Pictures for continuing to create compelling stories and characters.”

Co-created and written by Daragh Carville, The Bay will once again be produced by Tall Story Pictures with ITV’s Drama Commissioner Helen Perry overseeing production.

Speaking ahead of the fifth series, executive produced Catherine Oldfield, for Tall Story Pictures said “Daragh and I couldn't be happier to be heading back to Morecambe with Marsha and the team for another case. We love making the show and so we're delighted to be producing another series for ITV and viewers at home and abroad.”

The Bay will return on ITV1 and ITVX


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