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  • Episode: 

    2 of 8

  • Title: 

    Series 2
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Mon 26 Feb 2018
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    9.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 09 2018 : Sat 24 Feb - Fri 02 Mar
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Episode 2
Disturbed by her first fugue in months, Marcella seeks the help of Dr. Fairclough who tells her that it might be a good idea to go back to the origin of the fugues: Juliet’s cot death. Marcella tries to relive that moment at her home but the resulting stress levels put her into another fugue.
At the police station, the team get a break. DNA samples from Reg Reyonld’s flat show that Phil Dawkins had been there. When asked about it, Phil admits to knowing Reg but denies he has anything to do with the boy in the wall and gives the police team an alibi for the night Marcella visited the crime scene.
Phil Dawkins’ alibi holds up and when he’s released, he warns Marcella not to interfere with the new life he’s trying to create.
Marcella turns her focus towards Reg Reynolds again. When questioned about the other DNA samples found at his flat, Reg suffers a panic attack. Marcella overhears him talking to Alan about something that seems suspicious and reports it back to the team. 
A pathology report alerts the team to the fact that Leo had wooden discs inserted in his body before he died. The cause of death is still unknown. In the same room where we saw Luke in episode 1, we see a sedated Adam having wooden discs inserted into his torso.
Marcella has a talk with Edward. He admits to being scared on the day Leo disappeared. Marcella is perturbed as it doesn’t add up. Edward said he left Leo at school because he went to another friend’s house to play video games. What was Edward scared of?
The team are called to the site of a deadly bicycle crash. The driver of the car has abandoned his vehicle after a deadly collision with a cyclist. When police officers open the boot they discover a body, surrounded by the same stuffed toys they found with Leo. The team track the car and make a discovery.
Becky, Jason and Emma arrive at Marcella’s for pizza. But Edward’s not keen on taking part. Becky takes Marcella to one side, Jason told her about Marcella’s blackouts and Becky suggests she sees a hypnotherapist to deal with them. Before leaving, Jason hands Marcella a save-the-date for his wedding which prompts Marcella to ask Mark to find dirt on Becky. And it’s here that we come across another realisation. 
Gail works as an orderly at a private care home. One of the patients is Joel Lawrence, a mute paraplegic man. Gail doesn’t notice his tapping finger, is he trying to communicate to her? 
Maya tries to steer Vince away from attending an important fundraising event for her charity due to the negative press that surrounds him. Vince shows up anyway and launches a drunken tirade against the assembled guests which embarrasses his wife. Tim, who is chairman of the foundation’s board, is also at the event steps in. 
Series overview
Original multi-layered ITV crime drama series Marcella, written by internationally renowned screenwriter and novelist Hans Rosenfeldt (The Bridge) and starring International Emmy award winning Anna Friel (The Girlfriend Experience, Broken, American Odyssey) returns to ITV.
Returning alongside Anna Friel as the lead Marcella, in the highly praised drama are Ray Panthaki (One Crazy Thing), Nicholas Pinnock (Fortitude, Guerrilla), Jamie Bamber (Fearless, NCIS) and Jack Doolan (White Gold).  New cast members are also welcomed; Nigel Planer (Episodes, Comic Strip Presents, The Young Ones), Keith Allen (Eddie The Eagle, My Mad Fat Diary), Sophia Brown (Beauty & The Beast, Clique, Disobedience), Peter Sullivan (Cuffs, Critical, The Borgias), Jason Hughes (Three Girls, Midsomer Murders), Victoria Smurfit (Once Upon A Time, Trial & Retribution, The Beach), Yolanda Kettle (The Crown, Love Nina), Josh Herdman (Harry Potter) and Harriet Cains (Line of Duty, Safe House).
The eight-part series is once again set in contemporary London and the new series unfolds in the unique style of Rosenfeldt’s Nordic style.  Interweaving storylines and characters from all different walks of life and backgrounds will lead the audiences on a complex and emotional journey and keep them guessing until the very end.
The story begins with the discovery of a body inside a wall. The body is clothed in a school blazer and surrounded by soft toys; a devastated Marcella soon works out that the body is that of schoolboy Leo Priestley, who was abducted a few years beforehand and a friend of Marcella’s son, Edward.
A task-force is quickly pulled together by newly promoted DCI, Tim and we are introduced to a new member of the team, LeAnn.  As the investigation progresses, we’re introduced to a number of new characters – a former famous musician Reg and his manager and friend Alan; edgy businessman Vince Whitman and his charity boss wife Maya; a previously convicted criminal Phil Dawkins; sister and brother Gail and Eric; and Becky, the new girlfriend of Marcella’s ex-husband.
Whilst the storylines entwine, Marcella is still battling with her ongoing sporadic fugue states which she struggles to come to terms with and is getting increasingly worried about the effects it is having on her and her family around her.
Further information

The box set of series 1 of Marcella is now available for free on the ITV Hub. Each episode of series 2 will also be available on the Hub throughout the series and as a box set for a further 30 days after the last episode has been on TV.