ITV Orders London Crime Drama From 'The Bridge' Creator

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Hans Rosenfeldt's 'Marcella' will follow a police officer in the Murder Squad.

Having seen his Scandinavian TV thriller The Bridge remade for the U.S. and the U.K., Hans Rosenfeldt is next set to take a new strand of Nordic noir to the streets of London.

In an announcement made Thursday, U.K. broadcaster ITV revealed that it had commissioned the screenwriter and novelist’s first drama exclusively created for British audiences following the success of The Bridge.

Marcella, co-created by Rosenfeldt and Nicola Larder (Sky’s development exec on The Bridge remake The Tunnel), follows a police officer who returns to London's Murder Squad after a 12-year break and is assigned a case involving a spate of killings linked to unsolved murders from a decade earlier.

The eight, hourlong episode series will be exec produced by Rosenfeldt, Larder and Tony Wood for Buccaneer Media. It was commissioned for ITV by its director of drama Steve November and controller of drama Victoria Fea.

“Hans has created a compelling central character driven by rejection and intuition who is at crisis point in her personal life,” said November. “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.”

Filming is due to commence in London this fall.

On a day big on ITV drama commissions, Thursday also saw the broadcaster greenlight six episodes of Tennison, the prequel to the hit Helen Mirren-starring 90s police drama Prime Suspect from Lynda La Plante, and The Durrells, a six-part drama series based on the Corfu memoirs of British animal collector and enthusiast Gerald Durrell.


 

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