We all know how good The Bridge has been for two series (and hopefully a third when it comes back to UK screens early next year), but for the team responsible for the show the world doesn’t stop just because its mega-hit has finished filming. Oh no. This morning ITV announced that Hans Rosenfeldt has penned something new and contemporary and, wait for it, set on the streets of London. ITV went so far to call it Scandinavian Noir (I hate that phrase) in Britain (you can probably and safely speculate that this was how it was pitched to ITV). But still, mild cynicism aside, anything from Hans Rosenfeldt is worth a tickle. Details after the jump.
Set in contemporary London with a British Metropolitan Police Officer at its heart, Marcella delves into the psychology of a single female detective working solo on a serial murder case with many potential suspects and victims.
Returning to the Met’s Murder Squad after a 12-year career break, Marcella is a detective in her late 30s who gave up her fast-tracked role to marry and devote her life to starting a family. With the abrupt end to her marriage to the love of her life Jason and isolated from her daughter at boarding school, Marcella returns to work whilst attempting to make sense of what’s happened in her life.
By coincidence a spate of recent killings have occurred that bare the hallmarks of unsolved murders committed over a decade ago. Marcella is immediately assigned to the case she first worked on in 2003. The killer was never detected and more bodies have been discovered with the same method of killing. Has the killer re-appeared or is a copycat murderer responsible for these recent deaths? How will Marcella cope returning to duties when her own temperament is so fragile and vulnerable? Will throwing herself into her work provide the answers she’s seeking? Or lead her dangerously into territory she must evade at all cost?
No casting details have been announced just yet, while filming is set to start on this eight-part series in London in the autumn.