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Series 1 - Episode 2
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Backland must urgently fill in gaps to her memory because she has a feeling she’s responsible for a Very Bad Thing.
Though Scandi Noir devotees won’t have to leave a trail of Swedish meatballs to keep track of the plot strands (Marcella is written by The Bridge’s Hans Rosenfeldt, so we know the drill), there’s still plenty going on.
Her personality might be unravelling, but Marcella (Anna Friel) is working on a serial-killer investigation, despite some odd looks from a boss who doesn’t trust her. She’s focused on one particular suspect while also checking her own movements on CCTV (Marcella is susceptible to “losing” crucial periods of time in a fog of flashbacks and snippets of conversation).
Rosenfeldt does a good job of grabbing his audience by the arm and making us pay attention, and London, slick with rain, has rarely looked so menacing.
The Gibson family members are left in a state of panic when Grace is discovered missing, and Marcella tries to make sense of the previous evening's events, scouring CCTV footage in an attempt to discover more about her disappearance. Cara returns home from her latest job, in which she has stolen a watch, some earrings and a bracelet, but is unaware of their significance and the danger she's put herself in, with all of the items recognisable as trophies taken by the Grove Park Killer. Crime drama, starring Anna Friel.
Cast & Crew
Dr David Fairclough
DI Tim Williamson
DI Rav Sangha
DC Mark Travis
DC Alex Dier
DCI Laura Porter
Full Episode Guide
ITV crime drama Marcella begins filming series 2 as Keith Allen and Nigel Planer join cast
The Scandi-noir style drama will return to our screens later this year
Why violence against women on TV has to stop
Anna Friel Scandi-style detective thriller Marcella confirmed for a second series
We need better baddies
The Bridge creator Hans Rosenfeldt on the real Malmö and series four
Still mourning the loss of The Night Manager, Marcella and Undercover? You're not alone
No decision on Marcella series 2 – but writer Hans Rosenfeldt is keen to make more
Newsnight's Kirsty Wark: What I'm watching
This police officer put everyone's fears to rest with a single tweet during ITV's Marcella
New ITV drama Marcella sees the thrills and horror of Scandi Noir come to London
How Anna Friel nearly lost her nipples in a scene from new drama Marcella
Why are TV's intelligent female detectives almost always odd?