Marcella filming new series in London


Series 2 of crime drama Marcella has started filming in London with Anna Friel leading the cast of the critically-acclaimed show.

Viewers can expect a storyline shaped by cast members both returning (Ray Panthaki and Nicholas Pinnock among others) and new.

The plot will revolve around the discovery of a body inside a wall surrounded by a school blazer, toys and soft animals. Events become increasingly distressing as Marcella learns that the body is that of an abducted friend of her son.

The series consists of eight episodes and is set in modern London, where characters from varying backgrounds mix and their lives become increasingly interweaved.

Marcella became one of ITV’s top-rated dramas last year, with a series average of 6.8 million viewers and critical acclaim. Furthermore, the ITV drama gained a huge number of fans, meaning a strong social media presence.

Marcella is executive produced by the show’s writer Hans Rosenfeldt, while Annie Harrison Baxter is producer with Chris Ballantyne as co-producer. The show is one of many high-profile TV dramas filming in the UK this summer.

The new series starts filming shortly after the announcement that the BFI has launched a new scheme to recruit thousands of film crew professionals, with the help of a £20m National Lottery investment.

Part of the stated goals of the BFI Action Plan is to make it easier for people from all backgrounds to access the industry. This will certainly be beneficial to shows such as Marcella in terms of funding and crew. 

Image: ITV


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