The Bay has gripped its viewers with more shocking twists and turns than you can count since the ITV crime drama returned for series two.
Morven Christie reprises her role as police detective Lisa Armstrong, who in the new episodes is on probation after previously tampering with CCTV footage to avoid being caught sharing an intimate moment with a man involved in a case.
Taheen Modak also returns as Med Kharim, who now ranks as Lisa’s superior at the police force, while Daniel Ryan continues to keep them in line as boss Tony Manning.
While watching the drama unfold in The Bay, one can’t help but notice how picturesque the setting is, what with the expansive beaches and peaceful ocean views on the coast.
So where is The Bay set and where is it filmed?
Where is The Bay filmed?
Unlike many other films and TV shows, The Bay is actually filmed where it is based.
Taking its name from the estuary Morecambe Bay, the programme is filmed in the town of Morecambe, in Lancashire, North West England.
Daragh Carville, who wrote The Bay, believes the town where it’s set should receive more attention than it does.
Speaking to the Radio Times in 2019, he said: ‘Morecambe’s right on our doorstep, and when our kids were young we’d bring them to Morecambe and it was a place that I always liked.
‘It’s a really interesting mix of things, because on the one hand it’s very striking, it’s beautiful, it’s got extraordinary views out across the bay towards the Lake District.
But it’s also got that very distinctive British or Irish seaside town quality, because as with many seaside places, it has slightly lost its raison d’être.’
The residents of Morecambe have taken a particular interest in the drama, even giving the alley featured at the start of series one an X-rated nickname.
While speaking to Metro.co.uk and other press ahead of the series two launch, Taheen explained that he was chatting with a woman who lives in the area when he found out that the alley has been nicknamed ‘Shag Alley’.
‘Lisa has sex in an alley in series one and they’ve now named that alley Shag Alley after the show,’ the actor said.
Morven added that she’s heard there are ‘walking tours’ around the area, where guides state: ‘So this is the alley where Lisa shagged.’
When asked how she feels about the ‘legacy’ of the alley scene, the actor sarcastically replied: ‘It’s a big moment in my life, what can I say.’
The Bay airs on Wednesday evenings at 9pm on ITV and is available to watch on ITV Player.
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