Original multi-layered ITV crime drama series Marcella, written by internationally renowned screenwriter and novelist Hans Rosenfeldt (The Bridge) and starring International Emmy award winning Anna Friel (The Girlfriend Experience, Broken, American Odyssey) returns to ITV.
The story begins with the discovery of a body inside a wall. The body is clothed in a school blazer and surrounded by soft toys; a devastated Marcella soon works out that the body is that of schoolboy Leo Priestley, who was abducted a few years beforehand and a friend of Marcella’s son, Edward.
A task-force is quickly pulled together by newly promoted DCI, Tim and we are introduced to a new member of the team, LeAnn. As the investigation progresses, we’re introduced to a number of new characters – a former famous musician Reg and his manager and friend Alan; edgy businessman Vince Whitman and his charity boss wife Maya; a previously convicted criminal Phil Dawkins; sister and brother Gail and Eric; and Becky, the new girlfriend of Marcella’s ex-husband.
Whilst the storylines entwine, Marcella is still battling with her ongoing sporadic fugue states which she struggles to come to terms with and is getting increasingly worried about the effects it is having on her and her family around her.
Returning alongside Anna Friel as the lead Marcella, in the highly praised drama are Ray Panthaki (One Crazy Thing), Nicholas Pinnock (Fortitude, Guerrilla), Jamie Bamber (Fearless, NCIS) and Jack Doolan (White Gold). New cast members are also welcomed; Nigel Planer (Episodes, Comic Strip Presents, The Young Ones), Keith Allen (Eddie The Eagle, My Mad Fat Diary), Sophia Brown (Beauty & The Beast, Clique, Disobedience), Peter Sullivan (Cuffs, Critical, The Borgias), Jason Hughes (Three Girls, Midsomer Murders), Victoria Smurfit (Once Upon A Time, Trial & Retribution, The Beach), Yolanda Kettle (The Crown, Love Nina), Josh Herdman (Harry Potter) and Harriet Cains (Line of Duty, Safe House).
Marcella is a new multi-stranded crime drama from international superstar screenwriter and novelist Hans Rosenfeldt (The Bridge).
Set in contemporary London and starring Anna Friel, Marcella centres on the psychological struggles of a Metropolitan police officer at a crisis point in her personal life, driven by rejection and intuition. Unnerved by what she discovers deep within her, Marcella harbours a dangerous suspicion that far from solving crimes, she might be right at their heart.
The new 8 part drama series also stars Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael, Sinead Cusack (‘Jekyll & Hyde’, ’37 Days’), Nicholas Pinnock (‘Fortitude', 'Captain America'), Ian Puleston-Davies ('Coronation Street', 'Waterloo Road'), Nina Sosanya (‘W1A', 'Last Tango in Halifax'), Ray Panthaki (‘EastEnders', 'The Wrong Mans'), Patrick Baladi ('The Office', ‘Mistresses'), and Harry Lloyd ('Game of Thrones', 'The Theory of Everything').
Co-created by Hans Rosenfeldt and Nicola Larder (Sky’s development executive on 'The Tunnel', ‘Lawless', 'Psychopath Next Door'), Marcella is Hans Rosenfeldt’s first exclusively created drama for the UK audience following the global success of The Bridge, a Swedish/ Danish co-production which achieved critical acclaim when it began broadcasting in the UK in 2014. Set in contemporary London with a British Metropolitan Police Officer at its heart, Marcella is Scandinavian noir on the streets of Britain.
Told with Rosenfeldt’s unflinchingly clear Nordic style, full of hooks and action, Marcella’s 8 x 60’ episodes leads the audience through a narrative maze until the final moments of the drama. Marcella delves into the psychology of a single female detective working solo on a serial murder case with many potential suspects and victims.
Marcella is executive produced by Rosenfeldt, Nicola Larder and Buccaneer Media’s founder Tony Wood who created the joint venture production company in partnership with global entertainment company, Cineflix Media. The directors are Charles Martin (‘New Worlds’, ‘Skins’, ‘The Returned’), Jonathan Teplitzky (‘Indian Summers’, ‘Broadchurch’, ‘Rake’) and Henrik Georgsson (‘The Bridge’, Wallander’) Andrew Woodhead (‘Fortitude’, ‘Spooks’, The Fixer’) is producer.