Edinburgh TV Festival: ITV Orders Season 2 of Crime Drama 'Marcella' With Anna Friel

Anna Friel - Getty - H 2016
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Anna Friel - Getty - H 2016

The noir, set in London, is from 'The Bridge' writer Hans Rosenfeldt.


Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies, Limitless) will return as the lead in ITV crime drama Marcella, from The Bridge writer Hans Rosenfeldt, for a second season.

The eight-part noir thriller series drew strong ratings and will get another eight episodes, Rosenfeldt announced at the Edinburgh Television Festival on Friday.

The first season also starred Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael and ‎Nicholas Pinnock (Fortitude, Captain America), among others.

Produced by Buccaneer Media and co-created by Rosenfeldt and Nicola Larder, Sky's development executive on The Tunnel and Dracula, Marcella became Rosenfeldt’s first drama created exclusively for the U.K.

Set in contemporary London, it revolves around a British Metropolitan Police detective who gets involved in a serial murder case — resembling an unsolved spate of killings that took place a decade earlier — after her husband leaves her unexpectedly.

Netflix acquired the exclusive worldwide streaming rights to Marcella.

Rosenfeldt told the Edinburgh festival audience that he writes his first three drafts of scripts in Swedish before submitting an English-language script with help from others.

"I was delighted at the reaction to the first season and am thrilled to be revisiting Marcella for ITV," he said. "In the second season, the audience will get the opportunity to spend more time in her world, further exploring some of the characters and getting to know them better."