ALL IN THE MIND

ANNA FRIEL RE­VEALS WHY THE DE­TEC­TIVE WILL BE CON­FRONTING HER DE­MONS IN SE­RIES TWO…

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When the first se­ries of Marcella aired in 2016, if we’d had to de­scribe the be­hav­iour of its hero­ine in one word, we prob­a­bly wouldn’t have gone for ‘sta­ble’. So we were slightly sur­prised to see DS Marcella Back­land at the start of se­ries two act­ing all calm and pro­fes­sional – and as In­side TV joins star Anna Friel for a chat, it ap­pears we weren’t the only ones.

“I thought, ‘Gosh, she seems re­ally okay con­sid­er­ing her hus­band’s run off with a woman half her age and her kids aren’t liv­ing with her’!” chuck­les the star. “That was my first ques­tion – how can she be so okay? I think she’s thought, ‘Right, that’s life, let’s move on’ – but ob­vi­ously Marcella’s jour­ney is not go­ing to be a happy one, is it?”

With­out giv­ing too much away, it’s safe to say that Marcella’s clean start doesn’t last the full hour, and a stress­ful sit­u­a­tion leads her to lash out when she be­lieves one of her kids is in danger. In the af­ter­math of this vi­o­lent episode, Marcella is forced to con­front her con­di­tion head-on at long last.

“We’re deal­ing with men­tal ill­ness – we go much more into her fugues and why she has them,” prom­ises Anna. “She has to face her fears. I think she needs time to sort her­self out, and Marcella’s drive is to con­cen­trate on her work as a dis­trac­tion.

“As a mother, some­times you can go to work and think, ‘That’s eas­ier be­cause I know what to do’,” con­tin­ues the ac­tress. “Then when you get home there are so many unan­swered ques­tions and it’s all on your shoul­ders. You’ll watch Marcella’s jour­ney and see how she han­dles it.”

It doesn’t help that the case Marcella is work­ing on is in­sep­a­ra­ble from her per­sonal life – a body found within the walls of a flat dur­ing ren­o­va­tions turns out to be that of Leo Pri­est­ley, a seven-year-old boy who went miss­ing four years ago and was friends with Marcella’s son Ed­ward.

“It’s quite dark, be­cause the se­rial killings this time are to do with chil­dren,” muses Anna. “When­ever you em­bark on some­thing that sen­si­tive, it’s a tricky thing to deal with.”

None of the cast knew the killer’s iden­tity while film­ing se­ries one, and the same was true of se­ries two – but with one big dif­fer­ence for Anna.

“Dur­ing sea­son one I kept ex­pect­ing to get to the end and go, ‘Well, it’s me, I’ve done it!’” re­calls the star. “So I still didn’t know who the killer was, but at least I knew it wasn’t me this time!”

DUR­ING SEA­SON ONE I KEPT EX­PECT­ING THE KILLER TO BE ME!”

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