Morven Christie (The A Word, The Replacement) returns to lead the cast, alongside Daniel Ryan (Mount Pleasant, Black Sea), Lindsey Coulson (Funny Cow, Bulletproof), Imogen King (Clique), Art Parkinson (Game of Thrones, Zoo) and Taheen Modak, who made his professional screen debut in Series One.
Joining Christie are; Joe Absolom (A Confession, Doc Martin), James Cosmo (His Dark Materials, The Name of the Rose, Game of Thrones), Stephen Tomkinson (DCI Banks, Trollied), Sharon Small (Trust Me, Mistresses), Sunetra Sarker (Ackley Bridge, Informer), Owen McDonnell (Killing Eve, My Mother and Other Strangers), Steven Robertson (Shetland, T2: Trainspotting), Amy James-Kelly (Safe, Military Wives Choir), Kerrie Taylor (Fallen, Where The Heart Is), Wendy Kweh (Silent Witness, Holby City) Julia Haworth (Clink, Coronation Street) and Jack Archer, making his professional screen debut.
Written by award-winning writer and playwright Daragh Carville (Being Human, The Smoke, Cherrybomb), the first series of The Bay achieved consolidated audiences of 7 million viewers with a share of 26% across six episodes.
Series 2 begins with Lisa Armstrong at a low ebb: forced to do menial police work whilst she watches Med go from strength to strength. But a new case involving a shocking murder within a loving family brings Lisa unexpectedly back into the front line. She must get under the skin of a new family and prove her worth; to her colleagues, to her family and to herself.
Set in the unique coastal town of Morecambe, Series Two will be executive produced by Catherine Oldfield (Trauma, Home Fires) and Patrick Schweitzer (Save Me, SSGB) for Tall Story Pictures and Daragh Carville. Produced by Alexander Lamb (Ackley Bridge) with episodes 1-3 directed by Robert Quinn (Home Fires, Endeavour) and episodes 4-6 directed by Julia Ford (Safe, Sticks and Stones).
Executive Producer Catherine Oldfield said: “Daragh’s created a fantastic story looking at another aspect of Morecambe life and I couldn’t be more delighted about the brilliant cast that are joining Morven, Dan and the Bay team to bring it to life.”
Daragh Carville added: “I’m absolutely delighted to be returning to the world of The Bay and picking up the story of police detective Lisa Armstrong, as she faces massive new challenges both at work and at home. We are welcoming back our fantastic core team from series one – led by the extraordinary Morven Christie – we’re also welcoming in a brilliant cast of new faces. And once again our story plays out against the stunning backdrop of Morecambe Bay, with its beautiful views, its dangerous tides and its hidden secrets. I can’t wait to get started.”
ITV Studios Global Entertainment is responsible for the international distribution of The Bay and has secured sales of the show in territories including the U.S. and Canada, France, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, India and across the Nordics. Tall Story Pictures is part of ITV Studios.