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Marcella

  • Episode:

    7 of 8

  • Title:

    Series 3

  • Transmission (TX):

    Tue 02 Mar 2021

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    9.00pm - 10.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 09 2021 : Sat 27 Feb - Fri 05 Mar

  • Channel:

    ITV

  • Published:

    Wed 17 Feb 2021

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 7

Marcella cuts ties with her old life once and for all as she engineers to become the centre of the Maguire family with Finn. Meanwhile Marcella’s old conscience continues to threaten her.

The hotel room display turns out to be Rav’s last ditch attempt to persuade Marcella to return to her old life. He uses her kids to appeal to her, but it falls on deaf ears. She can’t go back.

Finn offer Rory a deal: why don’t you and I run the company, without Ma? Rory refuses. So, Finn decides to humiliate his brother into submission. Rory will need to accept Finn is the boss from now on.

Marcella continues cutting ties with her past by turning on Frank, who she learns was using her for his own personal vendetta against the Maguire’s. The mission is now over, Marcella now has a new objective. She tells Matthew Gaskill to forget her, to forget the romance they shared as kids. He offers her the chance to escape and her head spins. 

Finn orders Eddie to kill Stacey, she poses a great risk to the family and must be taken care of. Marcella convinces Finn to call off the hit and Rav is able to intervene. In doing so, he discovers that Eddie is working for the Maguire’s. 

Marcella seduces Finn to take full control of the family, to take it from his mother. The shock of the confrontation causes Katherine to have a stroke. 

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