The air date for a television series which was filmed in Lancashire has been confirmed by ITV.

ITV’s The Bay, a crime drama which is filmed and set in Morecambe, will return for its third season in January 2022.

John Williams, who is head of scheduling for ITV, confirmed the show’s return in a tweet.

He said: “Confirmed. Brand new The Bay with @DanielRyan launches Wednesday 12 January at 9pm on ITV.

“Episodes 2-6 available on @itvhub after episode one.”

Daniel Ryan, who plays Detective Inspector Anthony ‘Tony’ Manning on the show, urged people not to spoil the show for others if they watch all episodes on ITV hub.

In another tweet he added that the third series is the “best one yet”.

Filming for the new series of the show, which is set in Morecambe, took place in Lancashire earlier this year.

Cast and crews hit the streets of Lancashire with actors and production crew were spotted at a Heysham Village and other parts of Morecambe to shoot third season scenes.

Janet Packham snapped a picture of filming taking place near the Barrows in Heysham, back in April.

(Facebook/Janet Packman Photography)

Filming also took place on Queen Street in Morecambe in June; Bar Eighteen 66 on the same street were even offering fans of the show front row seats and watch the scenes unfold from the pub window.

What do we know about season 3?

Season three of The Bay was commissioned by ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill who announced a slight cast change and said: “We are delighted with the audiences’ response to The Bay and look forward to them meeting DS Jenn Townsend played by the fantastic Marsha Thomason, who joins the team in series three.”

The show’s former star Morven Christie (who played lead character Lisa Armstrong) announced she was leaving the show earlier this year.

According to the plot synopsis: “DS Townsend is immediately thrown into the deep end when a body is found in the bay on her first day in the job. She must get under the skin of a grieving and complicated family if she has any chance of solving the premature death of an aspiring young boxer. While she’s eager to give the family answers, she also needs to prove herself as the team’s newest recruit.”

 “The pressure is multiplied when her new blended family struggle to settle in Morecambe, proving to Jenn that a fresh start might not be as simple as moving to a different town.”

Details also emerged about a slight change to the show’s introduction.

In a Q&A session Susannah Bleakley, Morecambe Bay’s partnership chief executive officer, said she signed off permission for the cast and crew to use The Ship sculpture at Half-Moon Bay in the opening credits.

You can catch up on series two of The Bay on ITV Player.