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Where is The Bay filmed? Why Morecambe was chosen as filming location for series 2 on ITV

The i 1/27/2021 Georgina Littlejohn
Morven Christie wearing a hat: Morven Christie returns as DC Lisa Armstrong in the second series of the The Bay  (Photo: Jonny Birch/Tall Story Pictures 2020/ITV) © Provided by The i Morven Christie returns as DC Lisa Armstrong in the second series of the The Bay (Photo: Jonny Birch/Tall Story Pictures 2020/ITV)

The Bay continues for its second series this evening, with the new episodes picking up the action where it left off almost two years ago.

The bleak setting of the crime drama matches the storyline but where exactly is it filmed?

Here’s what we know.

What is The Bay about?

The drama follows Detective Sergeant Lisa Armstrong, the mother of two children who works for the fictional West Lancashire Police Service as a Family Liaison Officer (FLO).

She also has her own family issues and dramas to deal with which soon become embroiled in the case she is working on.

Where is it filmed?

The series is set in Morecambe Bay and that’s exactly where it’s filmed.

Morecambe was a thriving seaside resort in the mid-20th century. While the resort of Blackpool attracted holiday-makers predominantly from the Lancashire mill towns, Morecambe had more visitors from Yorkshire (due to its railway connection) and Scotland.

a small boat in a body of water: Morecambe Bay, Lancashire (Photo by Jonathan Nicholson/NurPhoto via Getty Images) © Provided by The i Morecambe Bay, Lancashire (Photo by Jonathan Nicholson/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Between 1956 and 1989, it was the home of the Miss Great Britain beauty contest.

One of Morecambe’s most famous landmarks is a statue commemorating one of its most famous sons, Eric Morecambe.

The town’s most famous buildings is the partially renovated Victoria Pavilion or Morecambe Winter Gardens. This was once a venue for swimming baths, a grand theatre, a restaurant and a ballroom.

Why did the writer set it in Morecambe?

Daragh Carville says: “A couple of years ago I came across a post doing the rounds on social media. It was a map of the UK made up of TV shows. London was dense with show titles; Glasgow had Taggart, Liverpool had Brookside, Manchester had tons of things. The whole country was covered in drama and comedy except this corner that I happened to live in around the bay.

“The landscapes there are absolutely stunning. It’s one of the things that instantly strikes you, the vistas out across the bay with the hills of the Lake District in the distance, but also the beautiful Edwardian architecture of the promenade itself, in Morecambe. It’s a very beautiful place, and it has the most stunning sunsets I’ve ever seen.

“We’ve captured a lot of the beauty of the place, while at the same time telling a gritty and sometimes dark, story.”

Morwen Christie, who stars as Armstrong said: “Morecambe is a unique backdrop and I hope audiences get how much soul the town has.”

The second series of The Bay continues every Wednesday on ITV at 9pm

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