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ITV confirms 'The Bay' will return for season 4

The Bay: Marsha Thomason reprises her role as DS Jenn Townsend.
Marsha Thomason will reprise her role as DS Jenn Townsend. (Image credit: ITV)

The Bay season 3 might have only finished on ITV last night, but it has already been confirmed that season 4 is heading our way. 

The first two seasons saw DS Lisa Armstrong (Morven Christie) as the leading character, but a new family liaison officer headed to Morecambe for the third installment of the gripping crime series. 

Marsha Thomason joined the cast as DS Jenn Townsend, and it seems her character has been well-received as she'll be joining the cast again when season 4 rolls around. Marsha is also known for her work on Pie in the Sky and Lost.

Confirming season 4, ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill said: "I’m delighted that we will be returning to Morecambe for another series of The Bay. Marsha Thomason delivered a brilliant performance as DS Jenn Townsend, and it will be exciting to see where Daragh takes her character in series 4. Thanks to everyone at Tall Story Pictures for creating and continuing to deliver such a distinctive series."

Marsha Thomason in The Bay

'The Bay' will return for a fourth season on ITV.  (Image credit: ITV)

Catherine Oldfield, Executive Producer at Tall Story Pictures added: “We are delighted at how The Bay audiences have taken to new FLO, DS Jenn Townsend, played by the brilliant Marsha Thomason, and how Jenn’s arrival and her personal storyline has breathed new energy into the show."

She added: "Together with Daragh Carville and all our amazing cast and crew, we can’t wait to get going on the new series.“

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Filming on The Bay season 4 begins later this year on the new series with further casting news to be announced. But we do know that Daniel Ryan and Erin Shanagher will also be reprising their roles alongside Marsha, with Daragh Carville returning as the series writer once again.

Last season, we saw the body of aspiring boxer Saif Rahman discovered by detectives, leaving them baffled as to how he actually died. It ended with a number of arrests, seeing Ritchie, Kyle and Shirin all charged with murder, and Kyle's dad was also charged with aiding and abetting for his role of moving Saif's body.

With that case wrapped up, season 4 will dive into a brand new one but we'll have to wait to find out what happens next...

All episodes of The Bay are available on-demand via ITV Hub.

Lucy Buglass
Lucy Buglass

Lucy joined the WhatToWatch.com team in 2021, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes and the latest TV news. Originally from Northumberland, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2016 with a degree in Film Studies and moved to London to begin a career writing about entertainment.


She is a Rotten Tomatoes approved film critic and has a huge passion for cinema. She especially loves horror, thriller and anything crime-related. Her favourite TV programmes include Inside No 9, American Horror Story and Black Mirror, but recently she's loving everything about Apple TV's Severance