The Bay season 3 release date: guide to ITV drama including cast changes

There's a new murder investigation in Morecambe.

The Bay

ITV has released its first-look image of The Bay season three, featuring its new lead star Marsha Thomason (Cobra).


The coastal crime drama The Bay recently embarked on filming for season three, with a brand new lead actress and character. Star Morven Christie (who played lead character Lisa Armstrong) previously announced she is leaving the show, and has been replaced the Cobra actress.

The hit crime drama’s third series will still be set once again in Morecambe, but this time around Thomason will play Morecambe CID’s new Family Liaison Officer, DS Jenn Townsend, alongside those cast members reprising their roles from The Bay season two.

Filming for the coastal-set series kicked off mid-March 2021, meaning we’ll hopefully get to see the new-look drama later this year.

Read on for everything you need to know about The Bay season three.

The Bay season 3 release date

There’s no release date set for The Bay season three on ITV. We’ll keep this page updated with any news.

Filming for season three kicked off on 15th March 2021, meaning that (fingers crossed) we might reasonably hope to see The Bay return to our screens later this year.

The Bay season 3 plot

Written by Daragh Carville (Being Human), the third season introduces us to Lisa Armstrong’s replacement, DS Jenn Townsend, who struggles to balance her family’s house move alongside the pressures of her new role.

According to the synopsis, DS Townsend is “immediately thrown into the deep end when a body is found in the bay on her first day in the job. She must get under the skin of a grieving and complicated family if she has any chance of solving the premature death of an aspiring young boxer. While she’s eager to give the family answers, she also needs to prove herself as the team’s newest recruit.”

It continues: “The pressure is multiplied when her new blended family struggle to settle in Morecambe, proving to Jenn that a fresh start might not be as simple as moving to a different town.”

The third series was commissioned by ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill. “We are delighted with the audiences’ response to The Bay and look forward to them meeting DS Jenn Townsend played by the fantastic Marsha Thomason, who joins the team in series three.” she said.

Executive Producer, Catherine Oldfield, added: “Daragh 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.”

The Bay season 3 cast

Cobra star Marsha Thomason plays lead role DS Jenn Townsend, a family liaison officer. She replaces Morven Christie, who will not return to the series.

Reprising their roles from The Bay cast are Daniel Ryan (Innocent, Home Fires), Erin Shanagher (Viewpoint, Peaky Blinders), Thomas Law (The Worlds End, A Cinderella Story) and Andrew Dowbiggin (Cobra, Coronation Street).


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