The Bay: Why has Morven Christie quit the show?

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…

REVIEW The Bay (S2 E5/6)

The penultimate episode of the second series of The Bay really focused on family issues – the of the Lisa and her relationship with her errant ex, Andy, the Marshbrooks, and the relationship between DI Tony Manning and his wife. The Bay has always tried to strike the balance between the family drama and the…

REVIEW The Bay (S2 E4/6)

We’re into the final three episodes of the British crime drama, so where are. Stephen Marshbrook, a local lawyer, was assassinated on his doorstep in front of his young son, Oliver, during a family barbecue. The shooter had tattoos and had links to Eastern Europe. The Marshbrook, meanwhile, family is full of secrets – his…

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…

REVIEW The Bay (S2 E2/6)

Here we go then for episode two of The Bay (if you’re in the UK and want to binge it all, you can do so on the ITV Hub), a series that wasn’t an obvious choice for a second run. We saw in the opening episode family liaison officer Lisa Armstrong investigate a new case,…

REVIEW The Bay (S2 E1/6)

If I’m being totally honest, I really didn’t think the world needed another series of The Bay, ITV’s tale of family liaison officer Lisa Armstrong (Morven Christie) based in the north-England seaside town of Morecambe. It’s not to say series one was bad, but its central premise (that Armstrong had had a one-off sexual dalliance…

ITV announces transmission date for season two of The Bay

Series two of British crime drama The Bay now has a transmission date. The series, which stars Morven Christie as a police family liaison officer, is only just around the corner. After dealing with the repercussions of her actions from last year, DC Lisa Armstrong is given the opportunity to step up when asked to…

ITV announces casting details for series two of The Bay

The Bay was so nearly pretty decent. The ITV series based in the Lancashire town of Morecambe had a touch of the Broadchurches about it, and we knew that the channel had renewed it for a second series. ITV has confirmed that Morven Christie will return as family liaison officer Detective Sergeant Lisa Armstrong, while…

ITV commissions second series of The Bay

Love it or loathe it, it looks like The Bay will be coming back to ITV. In its initial six-part run, it told the story Family Liaison Officer, DS Lisa Armstrong (Morven Christie), who investigated the case of a pair of missing twins in the seaside town of Morecambe. It didn’t help that she had…

REVIEW: The Bay (S1 E6/6)

I’m always fascinated how series end themselves. Some go for the big twist and reveal, some answer a few questions but then set themselves up for a second series, and some just end with a bit of a whimper. Thankfully, The Bay, even though it’s been a hit-and-miss series, ended well, with everything you want…

REVIEW: The Bay (S1 E5/6)

At the end of episode four, The Bay took the decision to let DC Lisa Armstrong find the teenage girl she had been looking for – Holly Meredith – sheltering meekly in an abandoned lido. I’m always fascinated when writers decide to do their big reveal. We saw it in The Widow last night, but…