Morven Christie as Detective Sergeant Lisa Armstrong in The Bay (ITV)

Everything we know about ITV crime drama The Bay

It's already being compared to Broadchurch

Morven Christie says she would make a “terrible detective” despite portraying one in new ITV crime drama The Bay.

ITV’s major new series is already drawing comparisons to smash-hit stablemate Broadchurch.

Set in a small English coast town and centred around a child-related crime, it’s easy to see why.

There are echoes of Broadchurch (Credit: ITV)

There’s also the strong but flawed female police officer element, with DS Lisa Armstrong taking centre stage here.

Morven,  37, who stars as Lisa in the upcoming Morecambe-based show – revealed she is not nearly as shrewd in real life as her character is and would have no chance at solving the murder mysteries.

Morven told the Daily Star: “My detective skills are absolutely terrible. It did surprise me [when it was revealed] who had done it.”

Innocent and Homes Fires star Daniel Ryan will star as Lisa’s boss, alongside Robin Hood’s Jonas Armstrong, Coronation Street’s Tracie Bennett, EastEnders’ Lindsey Coulson, This is England’s Chanel Cresswell, Last Tango in Halifax’s Taheen Modak and Happy Valley’s Adam Long.

The gripping “whodunnit?” thriller will follow the case of twins Holly and Dylan Meredith, who disappear after a night out.

And Lisa, who is a Family Liaison Officer, finds herself in a dilemma when she discovers she has a personal connection with the family.

Morven – who has previously starred in Grantchester and The A Word – admires the “realness” of her character, and gushed that Lisa is a “brilliant and flawed” detective.

Of her character, she shared: “Lisa is such a refreshingly real character – brilliant and flawed, trying to make everything work, and often failing.

“I adore her. And I loved Daragh’s scripts, rooted in the families and community of this distinctive town.”

And speaking about the television series’ twist and turns, she added: “They lay out to a load of people and dish them up on a plate and as things go on and threads get pulled – there are lots of suspects.”

The Bay commences on Wednesday, March 20, on ITV.

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