Production is underway on the second series of Marcella, ITV’s “Nordic style” detective series starring Anna Friel and written by internationally renowned screenwriter and novelist Hans Rosenfeldt (The Bridge).
Set in contemporary London, the eight part story begins with the discovery of a body inside a wall.
The body is surrounded by toys and soft animals and a school blazer; a devastated Marcella (Friel) 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.
In one of the first meetings, she stands up for Marcella – something that she is not used to within the workplace.
As the investigation progresses, we’re introduced to a number of new characters – an old pop star Reg and his manager and friend Alan; edgy businessman Vince Whitman and his charity boss wife Maya; a previously convicted criminal Phil Dawkins; brother and sister Gail and Eric; and Becky, the new fiancée 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…
Friel commented: “I’m thrilled to be reprising the role of Marcella and want to thank ITV for recommissioning this powerful London based noir drama.
“The reaction from everyone has been amazing, although the real question I keep being asked is whether the green parka will be making an appearance in season 2 as well?”
Joining her for series two 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).