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EXCLUSIVE: Trauma producer Tall Story Pictures has received a double commission from the UK’s ITV, including a second-season renewal of crime thriller Bancroft and an order for new thriller, The Bay. The latter is a six-part contemporary drama penned by award winning writer and playwright Daragh Carville (Being Human, The Smoke). ITV Studios Global Entertainment is handling international distribution on both series and is in discussions with a number of U.S. buyers on The Bay. Bancroft will launch in the U.S. on streaming service Britbox later this year as will the Mike Bartlett-created Trauma, which just began airing in the UK last night.
The Bay is set in the coastal town of Morecambe Bay and centers on Detective Sergeant Lisa Armstrong who is assigned to a missing persons investigation in the unique village. At first it seems like any other tragic, but all too familiar case, and as a police Family Liaison Officer, Armstrong is trained never to get emotionally involved. But there’s something very different about this particular case when she realizes she has a personal connection to the frightened family — one that could compromise her and the investigation.
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Tall Story Creative Director and The Bay executive producer Catherine Oldfield says, “Daragh has written a fantastic contemporary crime story with a flawed but entirely relatable heroine at its heart.” The greenlight from the network comes not long after Oldfield took over running the ITV Studios-owned label. It “ties into what Tall Story is aiming to do,” she tells me, “make really big quality writer-driven character pieces.”
The Bay will begin prep in June for a summer shoot and Oldfield is out to directors, while also casting up. She’s hoping to attract big talent for a show that has “really nice juicy parts” and a large ensemble. She says, “I truly believe...
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