ITV has handed out a second season renewal to their Anna Friel fronted drama series Marcella, which hails from The Bridge creator Hans Rosenfeldt and Buccaneer Media. Eight episodes have been ordered for season two, which will air in 2017.
The announcement was made today by Rosenfeldt, Buccaneer Media CEO Tony Wood and leading actress Anna Friel during a panel session at the Edinburgh International Television Festival.
Marcella follows the eponymous character (Friel) 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 caught and more bodies have been discovered with the same MO. Marcella must determine if these are copycat killings or if the undetected murderer from has resurfaced.
In addition to Anna Friel, the season one cast included Jamie Bamber (The Smoke, Battlestar Galactica), Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Nicholas Pinnock (Fortitude, Captain America), Ian Puleston-Davies (Coronation Street, Being Human), Nina Sosanya (W1A, Last Tango in Halifax), Ray Panthaki (Convenience), Patrick Baladi (The Office, Mistresses), and Harry Lloyd (Game of Thrones, The Theory of Everything). At present the only cast member confirmed to be returning is Anna Friel, with ITV stating that further casting for season two would be announced at a later date.
The second season pick-up had been expected for some time, especially given the series’ strong ratings performance and critical reception. The series premiere was the best performing episode, managing some 8 million viewers and an 29% share. Across all eight episodes, Marcella averaged a weekly audience of 6.8 million viewers and a 25% share; making it one of ITV’s top rated dramas so far this year. Numerous press reports also speculated that a second season was in the works a couple of months ago after it emerged that Friel’s contract included options for a second and third season.
“I was delighted at the reaction to the first season and am thrilled to be revisiting Marcella for ITV”, Hans Rosenfeldt, who created Marcella specifically for a British audience given the appeal of Nordic Noir in the UK, said in a statement. “In the second season, the audience will get the opportunity to spend more time in her world, further exploring some of the characters and getting to know them better.”
Marcella is produced by Buccaneer Media and was co-created by Hans Rosenfeldt and former Sky development executive Nicola Larder. Hans Rosenfeldt, Nicola Larder and Buccaneer Media’s founder Tony Wood serve as executive producers. Netflix, who licensed global rights to Marcella from Cineflix Rights earlier this year, will roll out the second season across their international footprint (excluding the UK) in 2017, shortly after it premieres on ITV.