The pres­sure mounts as the body count rises

Macclesfield Express - - TVWEEK -

In 2014, the Swedish-Dan­ish crime thriller The Bridge be­gan a run on BBC4. Fans of the se­ries may be in­ter­ested to know that its cre­ator, Hans Rosen­feldt, is also the man be­hind this new drama, Mar­cella (Mon­day, ITV, 9pm) – his first Bri­tish project. “Turin is a city in the north of Italy that I don’t know much about, but it was there that Mar­cella was born,” re­veals Rosen­feldt.“I was there to talk about The Bridge, and my thoughts on the re­makes that have been made. It’s there that I met TV ex­ec­u­tive Ni­cola Larder. “Later, at a very nice din­ner, she said she had an idea about a police se­ries set in Lon­don, where we meet the pro­tag­o­nist at her lowest ebb, hav­ing just been left by her hus­band, with her kids away at board­ing school and a se­rial killer from the past reap­pear­ing. Would I be in­ter­ested in de­vel­op­ing it fur­ther? The an­swer to that, as you’ve prob­a­bly guessed, was yes.” Of course, cops on the edge aren’t ex­actly a rar­ity – in fact, millions of us have re­cently been gripped by the sec­ond se­ries of Happy Val­ley, in which Sarah Lan­cashire played Catherine Ca­wood, a police sergeant still some­how pick­ing her­self up and car­ry­ing on with her life de­spite be­ing re­peat­edly hit by its slings and ar­rows. Here, the ac­tion takes place in Lon­don rather than West York­shire, and fo­cuses on Mar­cella Back­land, played by Anna Friel. When we first meet her, Mar­cella is heartbroken by the break-up of her mar­riage and needs a new pur­pose. As a re­sult, she re­turns to the police ca­reer she gave up 10 years pre­vi­ously, and throws her­self into her work with the Met’s Mur­der Squad to stop her­self fall­ing apart. Her first case in­volves a se­rial killer whose rai­son d’etre ap­pears to be the same of a mur­derer she was try­ing to find in 2005. Has he started a new killing spree, or have the lat­est crimes been com­mit­ted by a copy­cat? “Anna Friel was the only ac­tress I had in my head,” says Larder.“I’d worked with her briefly and I knew she was this in­cred­i­bly pow­er­ful method ac­tress. And I’d missed her – she hasn’t been in the UK for a while. She’s the right age for this char­ac­ter and emo­tion­ally she just lets her­self go into a part. “Thank­fully her first meet­ing with us went re­ally well. I felt she had plugged her­self into mine and Hans’s bod­ies and she un­der­stood this char­ac­ter from the inside out.”

On the case Anna Friel stars in the crime drama

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