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The Bay Viewers All Have The Same Complaint About Jamal

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The Bay Viewers All Have The Same Complaint About Jamal

The Bay has returned for its third season, following more mysteries and secrets in the pretty seaside town of Morecambe.

New addition, DS Jenn Townsend (played by Marsha Thomason) is getting to grips with her new job when she is thrown into the deep end on her very first day, as a dead body is discovered on the beach.

Jenn is trying to get to grips with her new job (Credit: ITV)
Jenn is trying to get to grips with her new job (Credit: ITV)

While Jenn is trying to get under the skin of a grieving family to find out what happened, there’s another mystery that has gripped viewers watching at home.

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Namely, how old is Jamal?

The younger brother of the aspiring dead boxer, Jamal, who is deaf, is meant to be a sixth form student – however, many fans think the actor who plays him is far too old to be playing a teenager.

Taking to Twitter, one viewer asked: “How old is the lad at school? He looks older than me and I’m very old...”

A second agreed: “He looks a bit old for school, even sixth form.”

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People were confused about Jamal (Credit: ITV)
People were confused about Jamal (Credit: ITV)

“How old’s that school kid meant to be, looks like a middle aged bloke!” a third queried, while a fourth said: “What age do they go to school to in Morecambe?”

Others found it distracted them from the show’s drama.

Fans thought Jamal looked too old for school (Credit: ITV)
Fans thought Jamal looked too old for school (Credit: ITV)
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“That ‘lad’ is clearly an adult but meant to be school age?!” one person queried.

Another person wisecracked: “Jamal is the only boy at high school with a wife, mortgage and two kids he's putting through uni.”

The actor who plays Jamal is Nadeem Islam, who is actually 25 years old.

He has previously spoken about how he brought his own personal experiences to his performance.

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Others found it distracted them from the drama (Credit: Twitter)
Others found it distracted them from the drama (Credit: Twitter)

“The family tragedy is very close to me, as my father passed away when I was very young,” he told Metro.

“So the idea of grief is very personal and I used this emotion to tell the story truthfully.”

And Nadeem’s performance, where he uses British Sign Language, has been praised by viewers.

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“Great to see some deaf representation and BSL used in #TheBay,” one person wrote.

The Bay continues Wednesdays at 9pm on ITV.

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: TV And Film, ITV

Kimberley Bond
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