The Bay will return for a third series with a brand new lead, ITV confirms

Naomi Gordon
·2-min read
Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

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The Bay will be returning for a third series and with a brand new lead, ITV has confirmed.

Cobra star Marsha Thomason will be stepping on to take over from Morven Christie, who announced she would be leaving the show after series two. The hit crime drama previously followed Morven and co-star Taheen Modak as family liaison officers leading murder investigations and supporting family members of victims in Morecambe Bay.

Marsha is joining the cast as Morecambe CID's new family liaison officer, DS Jenn Townsend.

ITV's synopsis reads: "DS Townsend is immediately thrown into the deep end when a body is found in the bay on her first day in the job. She must get under the skin of a grieving and complicated family if she has any chance of solving the premature death of an aspiring young boxer.

"While she’s eager to give the family answers, she also needs to prove herself as the team’s newest recruit. The pressure is multiplied when her new blended family struggle to settle in Morecambe, proving to Jenn that a fresh start might not be as simple as moving to a different town."

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

The news comes as the second series of the show continues the success of the first, averaging 7.5 million viewers so far. The first series was sold to more than 100 territories across the world and achieved consolidated audiences of 7 million viewers.

Reprising their roles are Daniel Ryan (Innocent, Home Fires), Erin Shanagher (Viewpoint, Peaky Blinders), Thomas Law (The Worlds End, A Cinderella Story) and Andrew Dowbiggin (Cobra, Coronation Street).

The series - created by award-winning writer and playwright Daragh Carville - will be co-written with Furquan Akhtar, and filming due to begin in the spring.

The Bay airs on ITV.

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