The Bay: Morven Christie will star in ITV police drama

Morven Christie has nabbed the lead role in The Bay, an upcoming ITV police drama from writers Daragh Carville and Richard Clarke. The six-part series, set in the seaside town of Morecambe, will centre on a detective sergeant named Lisa Armstrong.

Christie has an impressive TV CV, which includes The A-Word, HuntedThe ReplacementGrantchester, Ordeal By Innocence and Doctor Who‘s Peter Capaldi two-parter Before The Flood/Under The Lake.

ITV describes the story of The Bay like so:

“When Detective Sergeant Lisa Armstrong is assigned to a missing persons investigation, at first it seems like any other – tragic, but all too familiar. As a Family Liaison Officer, she’s trained never to get emotionally involved. Her job is to support families during the worst time of their lives whilst also to be the eyes and ears of the police investigation; a cuckoo in the nest. But there’s something very different about this particular case. With horror Lisa realises she’s got a personal connection with this frightened family; one that could compromise her and the investigation. As she grapples to get justice for the grieving family, Lisa discovers it could come at a cost.”

Also, Christie said this about her casting as Lisa:

“Lisa is such a refreshingly real character – brilliant and flawed, trying to make everything work, and often failing. I adore her. And I loved Daragh’s scripts, rooted in the families and community of this distinctive town. I can’t wait to get stuck in with Lee and the team, and this fantastic cast he has put together. I hope we’re going to make something that feels raw and real, as well as being a hugely compelling story.”

We don’t have a release date yet for The Bay, but we’ll keep you posted as the series develops. With Christie in the leading role, it could be a really interesting show.