Series two of ITV crime drama, The Bay, is edging towards its climax.
The series stars Morven Christie as Family Liaison Officer (FLO) Lisa Armstrong, but Christie shocked fans earlier this week when the channel announced that she would not be returning for the already commissioned third series.
Marsha Thomason will join the regular cast as Morecambe CID’s new FLO, DS Jenn Townsend, following Christie’s decision to leave the show.
Executive producer Catherine Oldfield said: “Daragh [Carville] and I couldn’t be more delighted by the audience response to The Bay. That ITV have recommissioned the show is fantastic and to get a talent as bright and brilliant as Marsha to lead the new series is beyond exciting. We can’t wait to get back to Morecambe to start filming again in that beautiful part of the world.”
But the question on everyone’s lips is: why did Morven Christie leave The Bay?
Could this be a clue as to why Morven Christie left The Bay?
On her Instagram account, Morven paid tribute to co-star Taheen Modak, whose charater – DC Med Kharim – was killed off in episode four.
Christie captioned the image of her co-star: “Day one til the end. So honoured to have spent my 2 seasons on The Bay with this guy, from fresh out of college to smashing it like an old pro.
“My partner, my pal, this big souled lil king.
“They should never have let you go, but that’s for another day. Now you get to go build your kingdom -and I’m right behind you pal. We did it.”
Could this be a clue as to why Christie quit the show, that she was unhappy writers killed off her co-star’s character? It’s unlikely but her comments certainly
What did the producers say?
In a statement, the producers of the show said: “The show’s producers thank Morven for her brilliant contribution to The Bay and wish her every success for the future.
“While the DNA of the show remains the same, the change of lead offers up the exciting opportunity to place a new character at the centre of the drama and explore the world of Morecambe from a fresh perspective.”
We contacted Morven’s reps for comment.
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