ITV commissions six-part drama set in Morecambe Bay

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by David Prior

ITV has commissioned a new six-part drama set in the coastal Lancashire resort of Morecambe Bay.

The Bay, from Tall Story Pictures, is written by Daragh Carville (Being Human, The Smoke, Cherrybomb) and executive produced by Catherine Oldfield at Tall Story (Trauma, Bancroft, Tutankhamun).

It tells the story of Detective Sergeant Lisa Armstrong, who is assigned to a missing persons investigation in Morecambe Bay that at first it seems like any other – tragic, but all too familiar. 

As a police 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 the cost of her own.
 
Exec producer Catherine Oldfield said: “Daragh has written a fantastic contemporary crime story with a flawed but entirely relatable heroine at its heart. We are delighted to be bringing Daragh’s writing to the screen for ITV.”
 
ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill, added: “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.”
 
Filming will begin in Morecambe and the surrounding area in the summer.