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The Bay returning to ITV for a fourth series

The news was confirmed after the series three finale aired on ITV.

The hit ITV drama, set and filmed in Morecambe, written by Daragh Carville will return for a fourth series with Marsha Thomason returning as Morecambe CID’s new Family Liaison Officer, DS Jenn Townsend.

Confirmed cast also returning include Daniel Ryan, Erin Shanagher, Thomas Law and Andrew Dowbiggin and filming will begin later this year with further casting news to be announced.

Speaking about the recommission, ITV's Head of Drama, Polly Hill said "I’m delighted that we will be returning to Morecambe for another series of The Bay. Marsha Thomason delivered a brilliant performance as DS Jenn Townsend, and it will be exciting to see where Daragh takes her character in series 4. Thanks to everyone at Tall Story Pictures for creating and continuing to deliver such a distinctive series."

To which Executive Producer for Tall Story Pictures, Catherine Oldfield added "We are delighted at how The Bay audiences have taken to new FLO, DS Jenn Townsend, played by the brilliant Marsha Thomason and how Jenn’s arrival and her personal storyline has breathed new energy into the show."

"Together with Daragh (Carville) and all our amazing cast and crew, we can’t wait to get going on the new series."

The Bay’s latest series has been praised for its diversity both on and off-screen including its accurate and moving portrayal of the funeral of a young Muslim man. The series has also been praised for Nadeem Islam's performance, who was cast as Jamal in the show after being discovered via an article written about him by Colin Hambrook (Editor) on Disability Arts Online.

The Bay will return to ITV

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