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Marcella

  • Episode:

    1

  • Title:

    Series 3

  • Transmission (TX):

    Tue 26 Jan 2021

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    9.00pm - 10.05pm

  • Week:

    Week 04 2021 : Sat 23 Jan - Fri 29 Jan

  • Channel:

    ITV

  • Published:

    Thu 14 Jan 2021

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ITV Hub

Watch the entire new series of Marcella on the ITV Hub from 26 January 2021.

Series overview

Critically acclaimed Marcella, starring Anna Friel, returns to ITV for the highly anticipated third series

Innovative and gripping crime drama Marcella from leading UK independent content production company Buccaneer Media is returning to ITV.

Created by internationally renowned screenwriter and novelist Hans Rosenfeldt and Nicola Larder, Marcella stars Emmy® award winner Anna Friel (Butterfly, Broken, American Odyssey) in the title role. Hugo Speer (The Musketeers, Britannia, The Full Monty) and Ray Panthaki (Away, Colette, One Crazy Thing) also return to the series whilst Amanda Burton (Waterloo Road, Silent Witness) joins the drama as the formidable matriarch of the Maguire family.

Following on from the dramatic conclusion of the previous series, the eight new episodes focus upon Marcella’s new life in Belfast as an undercover detective. She has taken on the identity of Keira and has infiltrated the infamous Maguire family, but as she investigates their activities, questions come to the fore about how much she has embraced Keira’s persona and personality and left Marcella behind.

In true Marcella style, the series has interweaving storylines with strands focusing upon the Maguires’ criminal operations. As she inhabits the character of Keira, Marcella’s quest for the truth puts her in danger and others in harm’s way. Her undercover role makes her take risks, but will her old life eventually catch up with her?

An array of new cast members are welcomed to the series including Amanda Burton (Waterloo Road, Silent Witness) who takes on the role of Katherine, the matriarch of the Maguire family; Aaron McCusker (Bohemian Rhapsody, Fortitude, Shameless) plays her son, Finn Maguire; whilst Hugo Speer (The Musketeers, Britannia, The Full Monty), who made a brief appearance in the final scenes of series two, reprises his role as Frank Young, Marcella’s undercover handler. Kelly Gough (The Fall, Broadchurch) also joins the cast, taking the role of Stacey, Katherine’s daughter; Martin McCann (Death & Nightingales, The Frankenstein Chronicles) plays Stacey’s husband, with Eugene O’Hare (The Fall, Death & Nightingales) as local police officer Eddie. Michael Colgan (X Company, My Mother and Other Strangers) plays Rory Maguire, whilst Paul Kennedy (Death & Nightingales, No Offence) plays Lawrence, Marcella’s initial contact within the crime family and Glen Wallace (River City, The Secret) is Matt, a past acquaintance.

Marcella is executive produced by Rosenfeldt, Buccaneer Media’s founder Tony Wood, who created the joint venture production company in partnership with global entertainment company, Cineflix Media, and Anna Friel.

The series is produced by Sue de Beauvoir and Amanda Black. The first four episodes are directed by Gilles Bannier with Ashley Pearce directed the following four.

Hans Rosenfeldt has written the first two episodes and story-lined episodes three to eight. The writers of these episodes are David Allison (Bedlam, The Case), Rachel Flowerday (Father Brown, The Moonstone) Mike Walden (The Frankenstein Chronicle), Matthew Thomas (The Chameleon, Valentine’s Kiss) and Tim Loane (Das Boot, Versailles).

The series was filmed entirely on location in and around Belfast. Cineflix Rights has exclusive worldwide distribution rights to the series.

Episode 1

Marcella is working deep undercover in Belfast, investigating the Maguire crime family. She’s got a distinct new look but the faint outline of the scar on her face is still visible. Having started a relationship with Lawrence, the accountant for the business, Marcella is deep behind enemy lines as her alias Keira Devlin. The family business is run by matriarch Katherine and her two sons; the OCD suffering Rory and the tempestuous Finn. The daughter, Stacey, is heavily pregnant and married to reckless and dangerous Bobby who works for the business but has a secret drug business as a sideline. The family have a stronghold over the ports, trafficking drugs and people through the borders. They have deep pockets and control the local police. 

Wanting to ingratiate herself deeper into the family, Marcella informs the family that Lawrence is embezzling. Lawrence meets a grizzly end, but Marcella is now closer to the family and begins a relationship with Finn. 

Bobby, wanting to distance himself from the drug business before the family find out, violently assaults a dealer on the estate. Later, whilst in London, Bobby murders Isambard Grey at a nightclub, smashing a jeroboam of Champagne over his head during an altercation. DSI Rav Sangha is assigned the case. 

We meet 13-year-old Jessie, a young girl addicted to drugs and rebelling against the impending return of her imprisoned father Jack. Jack is serving time for the Maguire family, as a faithful henchman. 

When the bodies of 10 trafficked workers are discovered at the docks, politician Alexander Monroe declares war on the Maguire family. 

Cast

Marcella - ANNA FRIEL
Rav RAY - PANTHAKI
Frank - HUGO SPEER
Katherine - AMANDA BURTON
Finn - AARON MCCUSKER
Rory - MICHAEL COLGAN
Bobby - MARTIN MCCANN
Stacey - KELLY GOUGH
Aaron - CIARAN FLYNN
Jessie - EMILY FLAIN
Lawrence - PAUL KENNEDY
Jack - LAURENCE KINLAN
Megan - VALERIE LILLEY
Danny - JAMES MARTIN
Alexander Monroe - MARK AIKEN
Matt - GLEN WALLACE
Eddie - EUGENE O’HARE
Ryan - MICHAEL SHEA
Alanah - SHANIQUA OKWOK
Sullivan - BRIAN MILLIGAN
Isambard - DANIEL ABBOTT