The Bay star speaks out on replacing Morven Christie: ‘It’s a big change!’

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    Returning next week, The Bay series three is set to transport viewers back to Morecombe Bay for an intriguing new case. The upcoming episodes will follow DS Jenn Townsend (Marsha Thompson) when she moves to the area with her children and partner, soon investigating a death of a young boxer. Marsha recently opened up on her new role in the ITV drama and revealed how “nerve-racking” it felt to fill Morven’s boots.

    Speaking exclusively to RadioTimes.com, she revealed: “It was nerve-racking, I was definitely aware that I was filling some big shoes in Morven’s.

    “I think if I were younger and less experienced, I’d have been more terrified, [but] what made the process really smooth and easy was the people.

    “They were the most gorgeous group of individuals I’ve ever worked with. I am nervous about the audience’s reaction – it’s a big change.

    “But I’m hoping by the end of the first episode I’ll win them over because it’s the same show – it’s, just that I’m there now.”

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    Morven is yet to open up and reveal the reason she left the series, but she posted about her positive time on the show on her Instagram page.

    Alongside an image of her character, she wrote: “Bye Lisa. You were a gift. Thank you, Daragh Carville, thank you, beloved @leehavenjones, for bringing me in.

    “And biggest love EVER to the crew who had my back and have my heart.” (sic)

    At the time of her departure from the show, producers released a statement which read: “The show’s producers thank Morven for her brilliant contribution to The Bay and wish her every success for the future.

    Reprising their roles from The Bay cast are Daniel Ryan (DI Tony Manning), Erin Shanagher (DS Karen Hobson), Thomas Law (DC Eddie Martin) and Andrew Dowbiggin (DS James Clarke).

    Speaking on Morven’s departure, writer and co-creator Daragh Carville said: “Obviously, it was a big change when we learned that Morven was moving on.

    “There was a huge shift, and personally I felt it was very sad because she’s so brilliant in this show in series one and two, she brought so much to that character, and I loved writing for her, for Lisa.

    He acknowledged Marsha’s arrival on the show and explained it was “really exciting to welcome Marsha onto the team”.

    Marsha interrupted to express her gratitude and said: “As an actor, it’s so nice to hear that, because we audition all the time and we’re just throwing stuff at the wall.

    “So, it’s so nice when you hear somebody say, ‘We saw the tape and it was you’ because, so often it isn’t us. So that’s really nice, thanks Daragh.’

    Marsha was already booked to play Jenn when the second series aired and stressed that having been in the industry a long time, she has ‘never been the lead of anything’.

    The Bay season three will premiere on ITV on Wednesday, January 12 at 9pm. 

    Published at Tue, 04 Jan 2022 00:01:00 +0000

    The Bay star speaks out on replacing Morven Christie: ‘It’s a big change!’

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