Hans Rosenfeldt’s ITV crime drama adds cast, plotlines

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BUCCANEER MEDIA FOR ITV MARCELLA Images taken at the read through in London. Pictured:ANNA FRIEL as DS Marcella Summers.

It’s going to be a busy few weeks for The Bridge’s Hans Rosenfeldt. The writer and novelist recently launched series three of the celebrated Danish/Swedish hit in his native Scandinavia, and in a few weeks’ time the series is set to launch in the UK on BBC4. But Rosenfeldt has already announced his next project – a British series for ITV, which was announced a few months ago. Now the channel has announced full cast details and the plotline.

The new eight-part drama series will also star Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael, Nicholas Pinnock, Ian Puleston-Davies, Nina Sosanya, Ray Panthaki, Jamie Bamber, Patrick Baladi, and Harry Lloyd.

This is how ITV describe the plot:

Set in contemporary London with a British Metropolitan Police Detective at its heart, Marcella is noir thriller told with Rosenfeldt’s unflinchingly multi layered Nordic style.  Marcella’s 8 x 60’ episodes will lead the audience through a narrative maze where any character could be a witness, victim or potential suspect.  Marcella will get involved in a serial murder case where the modus operandi of the killer bares a striking resemblance to an unsolved spate of killings from a decade ago.

Marcella is shocked to the core of her being when her husband Jason (Nicholas Pinnock) leaves her unexpectedly, confessing he no longer loves her.

Heartbroken, Marcella returns to the Met’s Murder Squad. Ten years ago Marcella gave up her fast-tracked police career to marry and devote her life to her family.  With the abrupt end to her marriage and isolated from her 13 year old daughter and 10 year old son, Marcella throws herself into work to stop herself from falling apart.

Marcella wants back in on the serial killer case she first worked on in 2005.  She’s got a hunch she wants to follow up on, a hunch she couldn’t follow through with due to falling pregnant with a second child. 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?

Suspicious of her husband’s motives for leaving her, Marcella finds herself playing detective away from work, but will her findings lead her to further heartbreak?

So what do we have here? Another central female lead character, but this time she’s experienced having a partner and children. Dare I say it, it sounds a little bit like From Darkness…

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