Series 1 - Episode 2



Troubled detective Marcella 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

Marcella Backland Anna Friel
Dr David Fairclough Richard Cordery
Jason Backland Nicholas Pinnock
Sylvie Gibson Sinead Cusack
Henry Gibson Harry Lloyd
Matthew Neil Ben Cura
Yann Hall Tobias Santelmann
Maddy Stevenson Laura Carmichael
Guy Roberts Robert Whitelock
Peter Cullen Ian Puleston-Davies
DI Tim Williamson Jamie Bamber
Cara Thomas Florence Pugh
Lea Coombes Jasmine Brienburg
DI Rav Sangha Ray Panthaki
DC Mark Travis Jack Doolan
DC Alex Dier Charlie Covell
DCI Laura Porter Nina Sosanya
Stephen Holmes Patrick Baladi
Don Parkin Rob Jarvis
Emma Backland Imogen Faires
Edward Backland Asher Flowers
Grace Gibson Maeve Dermody
Director Charles Martin
Executive Producer Hans Rosenfeldt
Executive Producer Nicola Larder
Executive Producer Tony Wood
Producer Andrew Woodhead
Writer Hans Rosenfeldt
see more