Marcella (ITV 2016, Anna Friel, Nicholas Pinnock)
Crime drama series Marcella was co-created by Hans Rosenfeldt, the writer behind the Scandinavian smash hit The Bridge.
The series, set in modern-day London, was Rosenfeldt’s first drama created for a UK audience.
Marcella Backland (Anna Friel) was shocked to the core when her husband Jason (Nicholas Pinnock) left her. Heartbroken, Marcella returned to the London Metropolitan Police’s murder squad after having previously given up her police career.
With the abrupt change in her circumstances and feeling estranged from her 13-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son, Backland threw herself into work to hold things together, following up on a hunch about the identity of a notorious serial killer she had chased in 2005 before leaving to have her second child.
The eight-part series is once again set in contemporary London and the new series unfolds in the unique style of Rosenfeldt’s Nordic style. Interweaving storylines and characters from all different walks of life and backgrounds will lead the audiences on a complex and emotional journey and keep them guessing until the very end.
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.