In Most Crimes the Answer's Inside the Family; Crime Drama, the Bay, Sees Grantchester Star Morven Christie, 37, Play a Family Liaison Officer in the Case of Missing Teenage Twins. Marion Mcmullen Finds out More

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In Most Crimes the Answer's Inside the Family; Crime Drama, the Bay, Sees Grantchester Star Morven Christie, 37, Play a Family Liaison Officer in the Case of Missing Teenage Twins. Marion Mcmullen Finds out More


Byline: MARION MCMULLEN

How would you describe The Bay? THE Bay looks into the heart of what crime does to people. It's a story about two women whose lives both could have turned out really differently and the connection they make in this really extreme circumstance.

The main plot line focuses on a family whose twins have gone missing. I play DS Lisa Armstrong. She is an experienced Family Liaison Officer who is assigned to the family.

What research did you do? I SPENT quite a lot of time with some detectives before we started filming; one of whom was a Family Liaison Officer.

When I first met them, they joked between them about the fact that there's an in-joke in the police that "you're not a real cop until you've got at least one divorce under your belt".

They talked about just how much gets sacrificed for the job because it is so full-on, it can take over your life.

What else did you learn? I LEARNED that, in most crimes, 90% of the time, the answers come from inside the family. Almost everything that will ever help a police investigation comes from inside the family.

And, most of the time, if there is a perpetrator of a crime, it's from inside the family circle.

So, I was fascinated to understand that strange balance of really being a support while constantly surveying behaviour and analysing details you are privy to because you are embedded within the family.

I wanted to know if the officers felt devious, which they didn't, because they were always straightforward with their families from the beginning.

Is this a different take on a crime drama? I DON'T feel like we've seen this particular female lead role before in a television drama. I think, a lot of the time with crime dramas, it's all about the audience trying to figure out who did it. There is a place for that, of course. However, I think it's quite a unique angle to take it into the heart of this family's feelings and to actually see the investigator be directly affected by what that family is going through.

How would you describe your character, Lisa? I THINK it is a really honest portrayal of a female police detective who is juggling family life with a senior role that carries a lot of responsibility with it.

We're quite used to seeing male detectives in crime drama and portrayals of them almost as superheroes. But with Lisa we see her in the midst of making a mess of her own life.

In reality, she's just a normal woman in her 30s who's single and trying to live and work and keep her head above water. …

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