ITV and Netflix crime series Marcella has been picked up for a second season. The eight-part drama from Hans Rosenfeldt, creator of the original Swedish/Danish co-production The Bridge (Bron), will air in the UK on ITV next year and go out worldwide via Netflix following the UK broadcast. The streaming service acquired the Anna Friel-starring series earlier this year.
Buccaneer Media will again produce what’s been billed as Scandinavian noir on the streets of Britain. News of the renewal was unveiled at the Edinburgh TV Festival on Friday.
Season One delved into the psychology of the troubled detective Marcella (Friel) as she investigates a serial murder case upon returning to duty after a 10-year hiatus. It averaged 6.8M viewers and a 25 share on ITV, making it one of the network’s top-rated dramas this year.
Also appearing in the first season were Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael, Nicholas Pinnock (Fortitude), Sinead Cusack (Eastern Promises), Nina Sosanya (Last Tango In Halifax), Ray Panthaki (Convenience), Jamie Bamber (Law & Order: UK), Patrick Baladi (The Office), and Harry Lloyd (Game Of Thrones).
This is Rosenfeldt’s first drama for the UK. He executive produces with co-creator Nicola Larder, and Buccaneer Media’s founder Tony Wood.