The Bay’s Jenn Townsend opens up on ‘gorgeous’ scenes with co-star

The Bay: Metcalf family devastated by fire

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Season four of ITV’s The Bay hit screens last week with Marsha Thomason returning as the lead in the mystery drama. Marsha has given details of what it was like to work on the new series and in particular with the newest cast members.

Marsha joined the show as DS Jenn Townsend in season three after the departure of DS Lisa Armstrong (played by Morven Christie).

Viewers may have previously seen Marsha star in hit American shows such as White Collar and Lost.

Family liaison officer Jenn relocated her children from Manchester to move in with her partner Chris (Barry Sloane) in Morecambe Bay.

Marsha’s character was thrown in the deep end on her arrival, with an investigation into the suspicious death of aspiring local fighter, Saif Rahman.

In season four, Jenn returns having settled into the seaside town and with a new case involving a tragic late night arson attack.

She is brought in as the family liaison to the Metcalfe family, to deal with their grief, after losing their mother Beth in the dramatic house fire.

Joe Armstrong plays the father at the centre of the tragedy, Dean Metcalfe, and Jenn tries to help him navigate through the aftermath of the crime.

Marsha spilled that she loved working with the new cast and singled out her experience working with Joe.

She explained: “Joe Armstrong is amazing to work with, such a great actor. We have some gorgeous scenes together.”

Joe has starred previously in season one of BBC’s Happy Valley as drug dealer and kidnapper of Ashley Cowgill.

Marsha also had kind words for the four actors who play the Metcalfe kids: Tom Taylor, Eloise Thomas, Will Oldfield and Ella Smith.

She continued: “All the kids are really wonderful too, great, great actors and just really sweet people.”

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Aside from the Metcalfe family much of the cast were returning members including DI Anthony ‘Tony’ Manning (Daniel Ryan) and DS Karen Hobson (Erin Shanagher).

Marsha felt more at ease this time around: “Last year I was the new girl, so I was a bit nervous, whereas this year I felt much more confident coming in and it was just so nice.”

Marsha and Erin’s characters have struck up a close friendship on screen, which helps them work together to support the victim’s families in the show.

This friendship seems to have been mirrored in real life, as Marsha said: “We all became friends and are all in touch when we aren’t filming. It is especially nice coming back and seeing everybody as I live in LA.”

While the cast’s strong bond may help them on screen, Marsha also gave credit to the writer Daragh Carville for his strong storytelling. She stated: “I think that Daragh writes the most beautiful and rich stories.”

Talking about the hard-hitting plot of the show she said: “Hopefully none of us have been through the things that the people on the show go through but I do think that’s one of the reasons why the show is so popular, because you really can relate.”

The writers have certainly left fans guessing about the future of the series, as they were left on a cliffhanger regarding cutbacks in the police department.

Currently, it is unconfirmed whether The Bay will return for season five, but if it does could this cliffhanger mean some of the main cast may not return?

The Bay season 4 is available to stream on ITVX

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