Marcella (2016– )
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Episode #1.2 

Grace's disappearance plunges the Gibson family into a state of panic, while Marcella scours CCTV footage trying to make sense of the events of the previous evening. Meanwhile, Cara's thievery puts her in danger.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Friel ... Marcella Backland
Richard Cordery ... Dr David Fairclough
Nicholas Pinnock ... Jason Backland
Sinéad Cusack ... Sylvie Gibson
Harry Lloyd ... Henry Gibson
Ben Cura ... Matthew Neil
Tobias Santelmann ... Yann Hall
Laura Carmichael ... Maddy Stevenson
Robert Whitelock ... Guy Roberts
Ian Puleston-Davies ... Peter Cullen
Jamie Bamber ... DI Tim Williamson
Florence Pugh ... Cara Thomas
Jasmine Breinburg ... Lea Coombes
Ray Panthaki ... DI Rav Sangha
Jack Doolan ... DC Mark Travis


Marcella visits a doctor regarding her black-outs, which she wants keeping from her work-mates before meeting Maddy Stevenson, a post-graduate criminology student. Maddy is seeing Cullen, now on parole and working in a bakery, as one of her case studies and Marcella warns her that she still believes him to be the killer. Meanwhile Grace Gibson - whose affair with Jason her brother Henry has guessed - goes missing. Henry drowns his sorrows with gay friends Yann and Martin, offering the latter a job in his mother's company, whilst opportunistic thief Cara Thomas, who has sold murder victims' possessions in a pawn shop, gets a chilling online message. Marcella has a disturbing flashback before making a grisly discovery. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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11 April 2016 (UK) See more »

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The Baker's wound ( at the end of the episode) appears on his left shoulder in the first shot. Then immediately following, it's on his right shoulder. See more »


Emma: Why aren't you both here?
Marcella: Because Dad's at work. He's busy.
Edward Backland: Are we going to be living in two different places now?
Marcella: Yeah, probably. But that doesn't mean we're not gonna spend time together the four of us. We're still your parents
Emma: Are you sad?
Marcella: Of course I'm sad.
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Rage Directed
12 September 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I suppose there isn't a worse feeling that you have been somewhere or done something, but you can't remember. Marcella has some sort of mental disorder that causes her to react with violence (her reason for being off the police force), but keeps her from being aware of what she has done. She is filled with fury when her husband begins to have an affair and requests a divorce. She also becomes possessed with the cold case of a serial killer. She definitely goes to the home of her husband's lover and the woman disappears. We also have a subplot of a nubile young blonde who does internet sex for men who "talk" to her and watch. This leads to some prostitution where she steals from her clients and hocks their valuables. She is naive and clueless. The conclusion to this episode has quite a discovery and leads us into nasty territory.

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