ITV and Tall Story Pictures have announced their latest drama with The Bay, written by award-winning writer and playwright Daragh Carville.

“It’s always a challenge to find a fresh take on crime, but Daragh Carville has written a very real crime story about family and community, which is distinctive, compelling and beautifully crafted. I’m delighted Morven Christie has agreed to play DS Lisa Armstrong alongside a very impressive ensemble cast.” – ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill.

Morven Christie will lead the cast as Detective Sergeant Lisa Armstrong, a fierce and hard-working Family Liaison Officer. Joining Christie are; Jonas Armstrong, Tracie Bennett, Lindsey Coulson, Chanel Cresswell, Louis Greatorex, Adam Long, Taheen Modak making his professional screen debut, and Daniel Ryan.

The Bay is set in the coastal town of Morecambe with production beginning this month in and around the Morecambe area and also Manchester.

When Detective Sergeant Lisa Armstrong is assigned to a missing persons investigation, at first it seems like any other – tragic, but all too familiar. As a 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 a cost.

“Lisa is such a refreshingly real character – brilliant and flawed, trying to make everything work, and often failing. 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.” – Morven Christie

The Bay has been devised by Daragh Carville and Richard Clark and will air on ITV at a date yet to be set by the broadcaster.

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