ITV's The Bay writer on series 2: "It was always conceived as a show that could return"

Naomi Gordon
Photo credit: Ben Blackall - Channel 4

From Digital Spy

Note: This article contains spoilers for the finale of The Bay series one.

ITV's six-part crime drama The Bay came to an end last night (April 24), but show creator Daragh Carville has revealed that the the series was initially devised with the prospect of it coming back again.

The gripping six-part series followed Morven Christie's DS Lisa Armstrong – also acting as a family liaison officer – as she investigated the case of two missing children in Morecambe Bay.

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The real killer of Dylan was finally unmasked, and other characters were also staring at more prison time for various crimes – including Armstrong's Sean Meredith who'd got involved with drugs throughout the series to provide for his family (he's now tied up with a potential eight-year stint behind bars).

Armstrong was working illegally at the time, too, for previously concealing police evidence during the investigation. This episode ended with her still suspended from the force.

Writer Carville has revealed that the central theme of the series was created with the intention of another outing, telling Digital Spy: "I would absolutely love [another series] to happen.

"From the get-go, when I started working on this with [production company] Tall Story and we started to build the idea, it was always conceived as a show that could return, because it has at the heart of it a family liaison officer going into a family at a time of crisis.

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"So that suggests that potentially each season could be a new crime happening to a new family, with our family liaison officer going in to explore that world. And again it's in the lap of the audience now so whether we get a chance to do that or not – we don't know yet – but I think we're all really excited by the other stories we could tell in this world with these characters."

He also wants Christie back as DS Armstrong, adding: "The fact that we've got the family of the victim, and Lisa's family, and the police – if we are lucky enough to get another a series, then those are roles we will continue to explore. But there will be new families, and new stories."

The Bay aired on ITV.

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