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ITV commissions drama series Marcella

Published: Thu 18 Jun 2015

ITV commissions drama series Marcella from acclaimed writer of The Bridge Hans Rosenfeldt
ITV has commissioned Marcella, an original, multi-stranded crime drama written by internationally renowned screenwriter and novelist, Hans Rosenfeldt.
Produced by Buccaneer Media and co-created by Hans Rosenfeldt and Nicola Larder (Sky’s development executive on The Tunnel, Lawless, Psychopath Next Door), Marcella is Hans Rosenfeldt’s first exclusively created drama for the UK audience following the global success of The Bridge, a Danish-Swedish co-production which achieved critical acclaim when it began broadcasting in the UK in 2014. 
Set in contemporary London with a British Metropolitan Police Officer at its heart, Marcella is Scandinavian noir on the streets of Britain.  Told with Rosenfeldt’s unflinchingly clear Nordic style, full of hooks and action, Marcella’s 8 x 60’ episodes will lead the audience through a narrative maze until the final moments of the drama.  Marcella will also delve into the psychology of a single female detective working solo on a serial murder case with many potential suspects and victims.
Returning to the Met’s Murder Squad after a 12-year career break, Marcella is a detective in her late 30’s who gave up her fast-tracked role to marry and devote her life to starting a family.  With the abrupt end to her marriage to the love of her life Jason and isolated from her daughter at boarding school, Marcella returns to work whilst attempting to make sense of what’s happened in her life. 
By coincidence a spate of recent killings have occurred which bear the hallmarks of unsolved murders committed over a decade ago.  Marcella is immediately assigned to the case she first worked on in 2003.  The killer was never detected and more bodies have been discovered with the same method of killing.  Has the killer re-appeared or is a copycat murderer responsible for these recent deaths?  How will Marcella cope returning to duties when her own temperament is so fragile and vulnerable? Will throwing herself into her work provide the answers she’s seeking? Or lead her dangerously into territory she must evade at all cost?
Marcella will be executive produced by Rosenfeldt, Nicola Larder and Buccaneer Media’s founder Tony Wood who created the joint venture production company in partnership with global entertainment company, Cineflix Media.
“I’m delighted to be working together with ITV again. To be doing so together with a writer of Hans Rosenfeldt’s calibre on his first crime drama written for a UK audience makes it particularly special“ said Buccaneer Media CEO Tony Wood.
The drama has been commissioned for ITV by Director of Drama Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Tony Wood at Buccaneer Media on this unique drama production” said Steve. “Hans has created a compelling central character driven by rejection and intuition who is at crisis point in her personal life. The narrative is so unpredictable with suspicion falling on nearly all of the characters.  We’re very much looking forward to the ITV audience’s reaction to Marcella,” he added.
Filming will commence in London and surrounding areas during the autumn of 2015.
Details of casting will be announced in the coming months.
Note to Editors:
Buccaneer Media is an innovative and diverse content production company set up by Tony Wood, one of the UK’s most successful drama producers, in 2013.
Responsible for some of the UK’s most talked about television brands, Tony Wood was executive producer on scripted hits including ‘Coronation Street’. He is perhaps best known for being instrumental in the creation of the British structured reality boom, creating mega hit ‘The Only Way is Essex’.
Headquartered in London, Buccaneer Media’s mission is to create innovative and authentic programmes by working with the very best talent in kid’s, drama and reality TV.
Recent Buccaneer Media productions include ‘Desi Rascals’, Sky Living’s first unscripted drama series. The company is also currently developing a TV series based in the UK sci fi movie ‘Robot Overlords’.
Buccaneer Media is a partnership with Canada’s Cineflix Media.
Hans Rosenfeldt is an award winning crime noir writer.  He is the creator, show runner and the lead writer of the global hit Bron, a Film Lance/SVT crime noir series which transmitted to critical acclaim as The Bridge on BBC Four. The Bridge was BAFTA nominated for Best International Series in 2013 and won the Gold Dagger Award for Best International Drama in 2012.
The Bridge/Bron has been sold to over 120 countries around the world.
Hans also co-writes a crime fiction series of novels with Michael Hjorth, entitled Sebastian Bergman.