Marcella (2016– )
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Pregnant police detective Marcella Backland pulls back from a multiple murder case and ultimately quits the force for the sake of her family. Ten years later she returns to her work but so too, it would appear, has the killer.


Charles Martin


Hans Rosenfeldt (created by), Nicola Larder (created by) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Friel ... Marcella Backland
Nicholas Pinnock ... Jason Backland
Ajay Chhabra ... Shop Owner
Siddiqua Akhtar Siddiqua Akhtar ... Shop Owner's Wife
Sinéad Cusack ... Sylvie Gibson
David Kennedy ... Phil Maxwell
Ray Panthaki ... DI Rav Sangha
Nina Sosanya ... DCI Laura Porter
Jack Doolan ... DC Mark Travis
Charlie Covell Charlie Covell ... DC Alex Dier
Priyanga Burford ... Joanna Dogan
Andrew Lancel ... Clive Bonn
Ian Puleston-Davies ... Peter Cullen
Robert Whitelock ... Guy Roberts
Maeve Dermody ... Grace Gibson


Policewoman Marcella Backland wakes in a bath, her head cut and bruised, seemingly unaware of what happened to her. Ten years earlier Marcella had failed to solve the triple Grove Park murders but now it seems that the murderer has struck again and Marcella is keen to close the case. Prime suspect Peter Cullen would appear to have an alibi - he was in prison along with convicted killer Clive Bonn but Cullen, even behind bars, can show his violent side. At the same time hard as nails property developer Sylvie Gibson aims to push through a deal along with partner Stephen Holmes, despite opposition from her children Henry and Grace, the latter having an affair with Jason, Marcella's estranged lawyer husband. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

4 April 2016 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Buccaneer Media See more »
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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


When DI Rav Sangha arrives at Marcella's home to ask her about her old case, he mispronounces her first name "Marsella" instead of "Marchella" (the Italian pronunciation). But as Marcella's former partner, Laura Porter, is now Sangha's boss, Laura presumably would have spoken to him about Marcella and likely was the one who instructed him to ask her about the case in the first place, and thus he would have known how her name is pronounced. See more »


DC Mark Travis: I'm a terrible liar.
Marcella: Good. I wish more men were.
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Hard to Like Character
10 September 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Our first view of Marcella is of her in a bathtub, a nasty cut on her head, with walls covered with blood all around her. We now go back several days and are introduced to her in fits and starts. She is at the end of a marriage to a man who says he no longer loves her. She violently throws him out. She is sort of an Incredible Hulk who goes off in rages; she even Carrie Underwoods the husband's car. She is a former police detective who failed to solve the case of a serial killer who disables his victims and then suffocates them with plastic bags over their faces. She immediately asks to go back on the job she left ten years before. She is edgy and short with those she confronts. He husband works for a big real estate developer with a cutthroat female boss who takes no prisoners. We are also introduced to other characters who will be revealed along the way. I'm not sure I will like this series because at this point she is so volatile and unlikable.

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