In season one of ITV’s police drama The Bay, which was released last year, police family liaison officer Lisa Armstrong (Morven Christie) has sex with a man called Sean Meredith (Jonas Armstrong) in an alley while on a hen do with a group of friends.
While at the time their encounter seems like a harmless tryst, she later discovers it is anything but, as the man turns out to be the married stepfather of a pair of twins whose disappearance she has been tasked with investigating.
Lisa’s meet-up with Sean in the alley becomes a defining aspect of the plot, as their prior relationship threatens to jeopardise the operation.
The alley in question has also become somewhat famous in the town of Morecambe, Lancashire, where The Bay is set.
While speaking to Metro.co.uk and other media outlets ahead of the release of season two, several cast members of The Bay discussed the X-rated nickname the alley has been given by local residents.
Taheen Modak, who plays DC Med Kharim in the series, explained that he was chatting with a woman who lives in the area when he found out the alley’s unique nickname – ‘Shag Alley.’
‘Lisa has sex in an alley in series one and they’ve now named that alley Shag Alley after the show,’ Taheen said.
Morven added that she’s heard there are ‘walking tours’ around the area, during which the guides point out: ‘So this is the alley where Lisa shagged.’
When asked how she feels about the ‘legacy’ of the alley scene, the actor sarcastically replied: ‘It’s a big moment in my life, what can I say.’
Daniel Ryan, who portrays DI Tony Manning in the drama, commented that he finds it ‘funny’ that when he arrives at the train station on his way to filming in Morecambe, members of staff say to him: ‘Are you back solving crimes in Morecambe?’
Morven also recollected a time when she and her cast mates went to the pub for some drinks, and a group of young people demanded that they leave the town, before ‘mooning’ them.
‘So that was good!’ she added with a chuckle.
While speaking about The Bay last year, ITV’s Head of Drama Polly Hill said that she believes audiences ‘will enjoy seeing where [writer Daragh Carville] takes Lisa and the team’ in season two.
The Bay season two is due to air on ITV in 2021.