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Marcella

  • Episode:

    2

  • Title:

    Series 3

  • Transmission (TX):

    Tue 26 Jan 2021

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    10.05pm - 10.55pm

  • 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 2

Rav heads to Belfast to investigate Bobby while Marcella delves deeper into the Maguires’ criminal world. Marcella shares information with Frank that leads to subsequent raids on the family businesses. They quickly suspect a rat…

On her way to meet Frank, someone recognizes Marcella. She recognizes him as someone from her past… Matthew Gaskill. Could her cover be blown? Frank wants to extract her, she’s too close to the family and it breaches codes of conduct, but Marcella insists she’s closer than ever. She promises to deliver the whole family to justice; it will be worth the risk. 

In London, Rav convinces a witness to reveal Isambard’s killer, sending him to Belfast to investigate Bobby Barrett. Rav arrives at Belfast police station, on the warpath. Eddie, the Maguire police informant, quickly warns Finn of his arrival and his interest in Bobby.

Finn is incandescent with Bobby, but Marcella offers up some advice to help the case, which only helps build trust with the family.

Marcella finds that someone has pinned a sheet of music on her windscreen… later she discovers the music is the lullaby from baby Juliet’s music box. She begins to have nightmares about her former life, her past trauma closing in around her. She takes drugs to drown out the painful memories.

We meet Aaron, the drug dealer who has taken the helm on the estate. He sells Jessie some poorly cut gear that leads to a tragic ending. Aaron and his disabled brother are now in the firing line with Bobby and the law, but which is worse?

Bobby turns himself in, knowing that they’ve threatened the witness into withdrawing her statement, therefore exonerating Bobby as a suspect. Rav is furious, he knows he needs to stay in Belfast and investigate Bobby and the family he works for. His boss tells him that there’s another operation going on with an undercover operative…

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