AN ITV crime drama which was partially filmed in Cumbria has been commissioned for a second series.

The Bay, set in the area of Morecambe in north Lancashire, aired the final episode of its first series last Wednesday.

The programme, which attracted millions of viewers during its six week run, starred Morven Christie in the lead as police Family Liaison Officer, DS Lisa Armstrong and Daniel Ryan as DI Tony Manning.

The show was given the green light for more episodes to be made by TV bosses on Friday.

Several scenes for the first series were filmed at Whitehaven harbour in November last year, along with some at the derelict Grange Lido swimming pool in Grange-over-Sands.

ITV’s head of drama Polly Hill, who commissioned series two, said: “I am delighted with the audience response to The Bay.

"It’s very real and beautifully made by everyone involved, and as a result it held an audience of seven million across six weeks.

"I think that audience will enjoy seeing where Daragh takes Lisa and the team, when they return with a new case for series two next year.”

Executive producer Catherine Oldfield added: “We are so thrilled that The Bay found such a large audience and that the fantastic world and characters brought to life by Daragh Carville will be returning to ITV.

"It was an incredible production, shot in a beautiful location and thanks to ITV’s belief in the story we wanted to tell, we get to do it all over again.”

The second series will begin filming later this year.