REVIEW The Bay (S2 E3/6)

With episode three of this pedestrian British crime, we’re approaching the half-way stage of the series, and the hope was that it would begin to really get going.

Thanks to a purely join-the-dots plot – which investigated the assassination of Morecambe lawyer Stephen Marshbrook – and some added-on domestic strife for lead character, family liaison office Lisa Armstrong means that it seems to be following a well-worn and well-trodden path.

But, there’s a mystery to solve – that of the murder of Stephen Marshbrook – so series two of The Bay is just about worth watching.

We know that the Marshbrook family is dodgy in some way and there are certainly skeletons in their closets. That much has been heavily signposted so far, and in this third episode we get more on their fractured relationships. Stephen was a bit of a sod and philanderer, according to sister-in-law Stella, while her husband and Stephen’s brother Mark isn’t a happy chappy because he was passed up for promotion and had his suspicions about Stephen. Then there are the children – it turns out Jamie didn’t get on with this dad and wasn’t actually travelling when the murder took place (he disappeared before the end of the episode), while estranged daughter Grace revealed the real reason she ran away (she took the rap for her brother and was cast out).

So the Marshbrook sage bubbles on, and i have to say it’s a bit… average, really.

The really big development in this episode was Breakwater – a property project that the Marshbrooks were involved in. Thanks to some digging by Med he found out that this ‘company’ was selling properties for way more than what they’re worth. And when he did some more digging – actually visiting some of these properties – he seemed to touch a nerve.

So much so, an unknown assailant ran him over… then ran him over again to finish the job. So who did this? Was he part of a larger group of people in cahoots with the Marshbrooks or working against them?

And will Med survive?

Paul Hirons

Rating: 3 out of 5.



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