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Marcella

  • Episode:

    8 of 8

  • Title:

    Series 3

  • Transmission (TX):

    Tue 02 Mar 2021

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    10.45pm - 11.40pm

  • 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 8

The fault lines Marcella has set in motion within the family reach crisis point.

Marcella wakes from a fugue in Finn’s car. Her hair is no longer the blonde hair of Keira, but the brunette shade of Marcella’s. She discovers something terrible in the boot of the car. Reeling, she tries to cover her tracks, but in doing so, she feels something change deep inside her – a piece of the old Marcella has returned.

She has decided it’s time to get out of the Maguire household – but when she calls Frank to extract her, she gets no answer. 

Marcella comes clean to Stacey and vows to get her and the baby out. 

Jack convinces Rory to look deeper into Keira’s past and eventually they discover the real Marcella Backland. Her cover is blown. 

Frank appears on the Maguire grounds, drunk, brandishing a weapon, intent on taking his own revenge on the family but suddenly he feels the click of a gun at his back, as Marcella runs through the grounds with Finn in pursuit – they hear “POLICE”! Rav, has returned to save his friend but is it all too late?

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