ITV and Tall Story Pictures, a part of ITV Studios, have announced the commissioning of a fifth series of the highly successful drama, “The Bay.” The show, set in Morecambe, has captivated audiences and will continue to be written by Daragh Carville.

The fourth series introduced Marsha Thomason as Jenn Townsend, who has now settled into her role at Morecambe CID alongside the regular cast members, including Daniel Ryan, Erin Shanagher, Andrew Dowbiggin, and Thomas Law.

Fans were also thrilled to see the return of Barry Sloane as Chris Fischer, Jenn’s partner, and Georgia Scholes as Erin, Chris’s daughter. David Carpenter and Emme Hayes played the roles of Conor and Maddie, Jenn’s children.

The decision to commission a new series of “The Bay” was made by Polly Hill, ITV’s Head of Drama, with oversight of production by Drama Commissioner Helen Perry.

Polly Hill expressed her excitement, stating, “We’re delighted to be returning to Morecambe for another series of ‘The Bay.’ The show has been a huge success for ITV, and we are grateful to Catherine Oldfield, Daragh Carville, and the team at Tall Story Pictures for their commitment to creating compelling stories and characters.”

Catherine Oldfield, the Executive Producer at Tall Story Pictures, echoed the sentiment, saying, “Daragh and I couldn’t be happier to be heading back to Morecambe with Marsha and the team for another case. We love making the show, and we’re delighted to produce another series for ITV and our viewers both at home and abroad.”

Filming for the new series is set to commence later this year, and additional casting announcements will be made in due course. The fifth series will delve into the emotionally complex life of a divided family, focusing on a case involving Morecambe MIU. With the victim’s parents bitterly divorced, Jenn Townsend and her team will face the challenging task of navigating the delicate dynamics to keep the entire family onside.

“The Bay” is co-created and written by award-winning writer and playwright Daragh Carville, known for his work on “Being Human,” “The Smoke,” and “Cherrybomb.” The show is produced by Tall Story Pictures, a part of ITV Studios. Additionally, ITV Studios handles the international distribution of “The Bay,” which has been sold in over 140 territories worldwide.