ITV is teaming up with Broen (AKA The Bridge) creator Hans Rosenfeldt for Marcella, an eight episode contemporary crime drama series set in London which is being hailed as “Scandinavian noir on the streets of Britain”. The project, which is the first Rosenfeldt has created specificially for the UK market, is set to enter production in the capital this Autumn for a 2016 premiere.
Marcella follows the eponymous character who, following the end of her marriage and her daughter’s move to boarding school, returns to The Met’s elite Murder Squad. A spate of recent killings have occurred which bear the hallmarks of unsolved murders committed when she was last on the force, more than 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 MO. Marcella must determine if these are copycat killings or if the undetected murderer from 03 has resurfaced, whilst also juggling concerns about whether she is ready to return to work so soon.
Hans Rosenfledt created the series alongside Nicola Larder, who in her time at Sky served as the satcaster’s Head of Drama Development, working across such projects as Sky Atlantic co-pros The Tunnel and Sky Living pilots Lawless and The Psychopath Next Door. The duo will also serve as executive producers on Marcella, which is being produced by Buccaneer Media. The indie’s co-founder Tony Wood will also serve as an executive producer. Casting for the series regular roles is currently underway.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Tony Wood at Buccaneer Media on this unique drama production” said ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November, who commissioned the series alongside Controller of Drama Victoria Fea. “Hans has created a compelling central character driven by rejection and intuition who is at crisis point in her personal life. The narrative is so unpredictable with suspicion falling on nearly all of the characters. We’re very much looking forward to the ITV audience’s reaction to Marcella”.
The series order for Marcella, comes after ITV announced earlier today that they had formally green-lit Lynda La Plante’s Prime Suspect prequel Tennision with a six episode order. That drama, from La Planet Global, is also set to enter production later this year and will be a key aspect for ITV’s “refreshed” drama line up for 2016, alongside the likes of Marcella and the previously announced Jericho and Maigret.