Creator of The Bridge, Hans Rosenfeldt, has co-created an eight-part series entitled Marcella for ITV in the UK along with Nicola Larder who worked as Development Executive on the British-French series The Tunnel (adapted from The Bridge).
Set in contemporary London, Marcella aims to bring Scandinavian noir to the streets of Britain, with Anna Friel named as the titular character, and Florence Pugh to play the role of Cara.
Returning to the Met’s Murder Squad after a 12-year career break, Marcella is a detective in her late 30’s who gave up her fast-tracked role to marry and devote her life to starting a family.
With the abrupt end to her marriage to the love of her life Jason and isolated from her daughter at boarding school, Marcella returns to work whilst attempting to make sense of what’s happened in her life.
By coincidence a spate of recent killings have occurred which bear the hallmarks of unsolved murders committed over 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 method of killing.
Has the killer re-appeared or is a copycat murderer responsible for these recent deaths? How will Marcella cope returning to duties when her own temperament is so fragile and vulnerable? Will throwing herself into her work provide the answers she’s seeking? Or lead her dangerously into territory she must evade at all cost?
Charles Martin, who directed an episode of the BBC interpretation of Wallander, will direct Marcella when shooting begins November through until March 2016.