Yes, the constant stream of quality crime drama has continued apace pretty much from 1st January onwards this year – and really have had some crackers already – but if you’re looking for the next big breakthrough series you might want to look to Hans ‘The Bridge’ Rosenfeldt’s first English-language series on ITV. We’ve known about it for a while, but now we know when it’s going to start.
Before we reveal the transmission date, let’s have a quick recap of what it’s all about, courtesy of ITV itself:
Marcella is shocked to the core when her husband Jason leaves her unexpectedly, confessing he no longer loves her.
Heartbroken and needing a renewed purpose, Marcella returns to the Met’s Murder Squad. Ten years ago she 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. She instantly becomes involved with a serial killer case she first worked on in 2005. 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 avoid 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?
The cast includes Anna Friel in the leading role, with back-up from Laura Carmichael, Nicholas Pinnock, Ian Puleston-Davies, Nina Sosanya, Ray Panthaki, Jamie Bamber, Sinead Cusack, Patrick Baladi and Harry Lloyd.
Those who have seen the first episode (the first of eight) tell me it is very good indeed. And, come on, it’s from Hans Rosenfeldt, which means it has to be worth a watch. Right?
Marcella: Monday 4th April, 9pm, ITV