ITV is coming fast with the original series commissions today, giving season orders to three new drama projects. Along with The Durrells and Prime Suspect prequel Tennison, the network is going ahead with Marcella, an eight-part multi-stranded crime drama written by Hans Rosenfeldt. He’s the creator of the original Danish-Swedish series Bron/Broen, aka The Bridge. He’s also a veteran writer of Rederiet, one of Sweden’s most successful and long-running series.
Marcella is Rosenfeldt’s first drama exclusively created for the UK market which is a big consumer of Nordic fare. He is co-creator with Nicola Larder who was the development executive on the British-French miniseries The Tunnel which was adapted from Bron/Broen.
Set in contemporary London, Marcella aims to bring Scandinavian noir to the streets of Britain. The title character is a detective in her late 30s who returns to the Metropolitan Police’s Murder Squad after a 12-year career break to start a family.
With the abrupt end to her marriage and isolated from her daughter at boarding school, Marcella returns to work while attempting to make sense of what’s happened in her life. She is immediately assigned to investigate a spate of recent killings which bear the hallmarks of unsolved murders committed over a decade prior, a case on which she first worked in 2003. Has the killer reappeared or is a copycat murderer responsible for these recent deaths? Marcella will delve into the psychology of a single female detective working solo on a serial murder case with many potential suspects and victims.
Produced by Buccaneer Media, Marcella will be executive produced by Rosenfeldt, Larder and Buccaneer’s Tony Wood. Shooting starts in and around London in the fall.