The Bay review: A major character is killed off five minutes into the show’s cliche-ridden return – The Independent

What occurred to Stephen? Not the significant victim Stephen Marshbrook, mind you– who cares about him?– but the well-known actor playing him, ie Stephen Tompkinson.
Why have the scriptwriters dispatched Tompkinson so early? Or– God forbid– will they attempt and break new ground for a British police procedural by having Tompinksons hallmark gurning and jerking functions returning in romantic spectral type, like Patrick Swayze in Ghost? Im scared my speculations on all this are much more interesting than the basic line-up of suspects in this murder of a “apparently ordinary man”.

Stunning scenes at the start of the 2nd series of ITVs The Bay. A jolly retirement celebration for family solicitor Bill Bradwell (James Cosmo) is disrupted by the arrival of a courier at the door. Costss a little soppy son-in-law and partner in his law company, Stephen Marshbrook (Stephen Tompkinson), goes to respond to. He is shot dead on his own doorstep in front of 10-year old child Jamie (Jack Archer), the little kids face all of a sudden all spattered and freckled with Daddys warm blood.
All hell break out, certainly, and quickly to arrive on this ugly scene are recently benched Detective Constable Lisa Armstrong (Morven Christie, grim-visaged as ever) and her inexperienced employer (and previous sidekick) Detective Ahmed “Med” Kharkim, a thoroughly damp boy who seems to be the West Lancashire Police Services answer to Gavin Williamson. (You may recall that Armstrong was captured in an unethical liaison in the last series and is lucky to still work. So shes more miserable and disappointed than ever.).

A jolly retirement celebration for family lawyer Bill Bradwell (James Cosmo) is interrupted by the arrival of a carrier at the door. Bills somewhat soppy son-in-law and partner in his law firm, Stephen Marshbrook (Stephen Tompkinson), goes to address. What occurred to Stephen? Not the remarkable victim Stephen Marshbrook, mind you– who cares about him?– but the popular actor playing him, ie Stephen Tompkinson.

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Marshbrook might have been carried out in on the orders of his brother-in-law (expert envy); by his father-in-law (simply for being bothersome); by his great other half (ditto); or his wild child daughter (ditto)– but that all appears irrelevant. Sadly, is whatever else in the story, despite the actors putting in some good efficiencies. They are all lumbered with thoughtlessly constructed, hardly two-dimensional characters, such as Daniel Ryan doing his finest with the gruff-with-a-heart-of-gold DI Anthony “Tony” Manning. Incidental as he is, he deserves the Queens Police Medal for impressive bravery in the face of such a hostile script. Knackered and cliche-ridden prior to completion of the very first episode of a six-hour story arc, The Bay really isnt sufficient, not even for passing the time in lockdown.

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