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ITV drama The Bay had its viewers hooked in the first with its gripping plot about two missing teenagers.
And with series 2 of The Bay set to air on ITV tonight, we take you through the filming locations used for the show.
The Bay was filmed in MorecambeCredit: ITV
Where is ITV drama The Bay filmed?
The Bay is set and filmed in the coastal town of Morecambe.
The Lancashire town is located north of Blackpool, and was once a bustling seaside resort.
Morecambe has a five-mile stretch of sandy beach with a long promenade, lined with cafes, restaurants and hotels.
Screenwriter Daragh Carville purposely wanted to focus his attention on Morecambe, mainly because it’s a place with lots of history and happens to be where he spent a great amount of time growing up.
Up until the 1970s, when Brits could increasingly afford holidays outside of England, Morecambe was popular with tourists.
Filming took place along the beach, but particularly around the Stone Jetty which is now all that remains of the original Victorian harbour.
Carville said: “I suppose the combination of it being a beautiful place, but also a place that has had its struggles – there’s something about Morecambe, it’s literally on the edge of the country, but there’s also a metaphorical edge to it as well.”
Morecambe Bay in Lancashire is probably best known nowadays for the 2004 cockle picker disaster where at least 21 Chinese illegal immigrant labourers were drowned by an incoming tide.
Morecambe Beach features heavily in the showCredit: ITV
The drama opens with DS Lisa Armstrong and her friends heading to The Royal Bar, which is on the seafront.
Here they take part in a karaoke night and Lisa meets Sean Meredith.
While many shows would tend to use a studio stage to film a bar scene, The Bay was actually shot on location, which Carville reveals wasn’t even a question given how many karaoke bars are known to be around the area where production took place.
He said: “You won’t be surprised to learn that there are plenty of bars in Morecambe, including plenty of bars that do karaoke – so that’s a real spot.”
Contrary to belief, again, the police station in Morecambe is real.
There was no staging built for the sake of having to film in places such as a police station – almost everything is shot in a working environment.
“But to be fair, and without wanting to ruin the magic of television, the exteriors and the interiors are filmed at different places,” Carville continued.
While exteriors were shot in Morecambe, the interior scenes of meeting rooms, offices and interview rooms were filmed at a disused police station in Manchester.
The police station that is featured in The Bay is actually Morecambe police stationCredit: ITV
Later in the series, The Bay takes a trip away from Morecambe further along the bay to Grange-over-Sands, famously known for its decaying Art Deco that once used to be a popular attraction for tourists and local residents.
Filming took place at Grange Lido, which is a disused lido that unfortunately closed in the 90s, which many locals are desperate to reinstate with new construction.
“There are a few absolute gems like that around the Morecambe Bay area,” Carville explained, describing the place as “special” and “magical”.
“Another one – we glimpse it in the show, although we don’t have any actual scenes set there – but there’s an absolutely beautiful Victorian music hall called the Winter Gardens.”
The Bay is a gripping ITV dramaCredit: ITV
Why was Morecambe chosen as The Bay location?
Speaking about why he chose Morecambe, The Bay screenwriter Daragh Carville told Radio Times: “I suppose the combination of it being a beautiful place, but also a place that has had its struggles – there’s something about Morecambe, it’s literally on the edge of the country, but there’s also a metaphorical edge to it as well.”
Carville seemed to have plenty of knowledge about the area before choosing to lock it in as one of the main filming spots for the drama series, seeing that he grew up in Lancaster, which is just inland from Morecambe.
It seemed as if Daragh was very adamant on the idea of using this location in the show, particularly because it fits the narrative of something that looks “beautiful but it’s also a place with problems.”
“Morecambe is also not the sort of place you usually see in a TV drama.
“One of the reasons I wanted to write this story and to set it there was just simply because nothing had been set there before,
“And I think there’s something really important about seeing your own life represented on screen or on stage.”
When is The Bay on TV?
The Bay starts series 2 at 9pm TONIGHT (January 20) on ITV.
In case you happen to miss any of the upcoming episodes, you can always catch them again on ITV Hub.
Alternatively, you can also watch each episode an hour after it has aired on ITV by simply heading to ITV+1.