The Bay has begun filming with the addition of Leanne Best of Cold Feet and Tara Lynne O’Neill of Derry Girls.
Marsha Thomason will return as Morecambe MIU’s Family Liaison Officer in season five alongside DS Jenn Townsend, Daniel Ryan, Erin Shanagher and Andrew Dowbiggin.
Barry Sloane also retains his role as Chris Fischer, while Georgia Scholes remains his daughter Erin. DS Jenn Townsend returns with David Carpenter and Emme Hayes as her children.
Catherine Oldfield, creative director of Tall Story Pictures and executive producer of The Bay
said: “We are delighted to be returning to our beloved Morecambe for another series.
Daragh has written another compelling and emotional series that we know will delight fans of The Bay. We are very excited to begin filming with Marsha, Dan and the crew.”
Olwen May (Happy Valley, Trying) will join the Morecambe team and Suzanne Packer (Casualty, Keeping Faith) will play Jenn’s mother, Anne Townsend.
Other guest stars on the new series include Neil Maskell (Hijack, Kill List), David Troughton (A Very Peculiar Place, New Tricks), Stephen Wight (Screw, I May Destroy You) and Ceallach Spellman (“Better, White”) lines).
Shaun Evans will direct episodes 1-3 of season five and Waris Islam will direct episodes 4-6 with Martin Campbell serving as producer.
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Morecambe’s MIU team have a murder investigation underway when a university student is found dead on the docks.
The stakes are high as students vent their anger while the team uncovers hidden secrets and lies.
As Jenn struggles with her grief, she struggles to solve the case and return to her personal and professional life.
Earlier this year, it was announced that the popular crime drama would return for a fifth season.
Commissioned for ITV by Polly Hill, Head of Drama, The Bay will premiere on ITV1 and be available on streaming platform ITVX.