So far, three seasons of The Bay have aired, and many viewers want to know if a fourth season is coming. We’re happy to confirm that YES – The Bay has been renewed for season 4.
What’s The Bay About?
The Bay is a British crime drama series produced for ITV. Set in the Morecambe Bay area, the show follows a family liaison officer (FLO) who works with the police to help grieving families in the aftermath of serious crimes.
In the first two seasons, we follow DS Lisa Armstrong (Morven Christie, Grantchester) – a troubled, middle-aged single mother who struggles to keep her personal and professional lives balanced. Unfortunately, acts taken in her personal life lead to hard decisions at work…and when she makes the wrong choices about how to handle it, she suffers some serious setbacks.
By season 3, most of the cast has changed. Marsha Thomason (Cobra) plays DS Jenn Townsend, replacing Morven Christie as the series lead. On her first day on the job, a body is found in the bay…and it only gets more complicated from there.
Tonally, The Bay is a bit like a less-funny Broadchurch without the star power of David Tennant, Olivia Colman, and Jodie Whittaker. It’s on the darker side of things, and that pairs well with the gloomy, often gray landscapes of the region.
If you prefer shows like Agatha Raisin or Shakespeare & Hathaway, you may find it a bit too dark and dreary for your tastes. On the other hand, if you like shows like Vera, The Long Call, Shetland, DCI Banks, The Tower, and London Kills, you should definitely give it a try.
Interested in hearing what Marsha Thomason had to say about her new role in The Bay? Read our interview with her HERE.
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What’s Happening in Season 4 of The Bay?
The Bay premiered in 2019 with Morven Christie (Grantchester) starring as DS Lisa Armstrong – A family liaison officer dealing with problems at home and work. Each season focuses on one case, but there are ongoing storylines at times.
Morven Christie played DS Lisa Armstrong for The Bay seasons 1 and 2. She left at the end of season 2, and Marsha Thomason (Pie in the Sky) became the new family liaison officer – DS Jenn Townsend.
In The Bay season 3, DS Jenn Townsend (Marsha Thomason) doesn’t have much time to adjust to her new surroundings before a dead body is found. Townsend works on the case of aspiring local boxer Saif Rahman who died under suspicious circumstances.
We had the chance to talk with Marsha Thomason before season 3 of The Bay Premiered. You can read that interview here.
Who’s Returning for Season 4 of The Bay?
Not surprisingly, Marsha Thomason will be returning to the role of DS Jenn Townsend in season 4.
More casting news is expected later in 2022, so while there isn’t an official announcement, we can guess who might return – but we’ll have to wait to hear about guest stars.
Cast members that may return include Daniel Ryan (Home Fires), Erin Shanagher (Peaky Blinders), Andrew Dowbiggin (Coronation Street) and Thomas Law (The World’s End).
When Does The Bay Season 4 Premiere?
The Bay was immediately renewed for a fourth series after the last episode of season 3 premiered. An exact date hasn’t been confirmed yet, but filming is scheduled to begin later in 2022.
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— ITV Press Centre (@itvpresscentre) February 16, 2022
The past 2 seasons of The Bay premiered in January, so a premiere of season 4 in January 2023 is a good possibility. We will, of course, update as we know more.
ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill said:
“I’m delighted that we will be returning to Morecambe for another series of The Bay. Marsha Thomason delivered a brilliant performance as DS Jenn Townsend, and it will be exciting to see where Daragh takes her character in series four.
Thanks to everyone at Tall Story Pictures for creating and continuing to deliver such a distinctive series.”
Executive producer Catherine Oldfield said:
“We are delighted at how The Bay audiences have taken to new FLO, DS Jenn Townsend, played by the brilliant Marsha Thomason and how Jenn’s arrival and her personal storyline has breathed new energy into the show.
Together with Daragh (Carville) and all our amazing cast and crew, we can’t wait to get going on the new series.“
Where is The Bay Filmed?
The Bay is filmed and set in Morecambe on the northwestern coast of England. The area is an estuary and it lies south of the popular Lake District.
While you wait for season 4, you can take a virtual stroll through Morecambe. If you’ve watched the series from the beginning, many of the sites will be familiar.