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The first series premiered on 4 April 2016, and the second on 19 February 2018. It is also available on Netflix.

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The first series premiered on 4 April 2016, and the second on 19 February 2018.2018, and the third on 14 June 2020. It is also available on Netflix.

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* EvilCounterpart: In Series 1, [[SerialKiller Peter Cullen]] who murdered his wife after she cheated on and left him, to Marcella, who is distraught and aggressive over Jason's affair with Grace.
** In Series 2, Jane Colletti, the [[spoiler:BigBad]], to Marcella again. [[spoiler:She]] murders children who she thinks will turn out violent and abusive, which is exactly the problem Marcella is struggling with about her son, Edward.


* BlackAndGreyMorality:
** The good guys: Marcella - a CowboyCop who is extremely violent and entwined in every case; Jason (sometimes) - a corrupt cheater who gaslights and manipulates Marcella. Corrupt businesspeople.
** The bad guys: sadistic serial killers.



* ChekhovsGun: The DNA switch Marcella does in Series 1 comes back in Series 2 when that woman dies in a fire.



* DirtyHarriet: ''Marcella''. See CowboyCop.



* InsaneEqualsViolent: Marcella has dissociative amnesia, and although she [[spoiler:isn't the killer in either series]], but she is extremely violent, hitting Jason and attacking Grace.



* ItIsPronouncedTroPay: "Marcella" isn't pronounced "Mar-sell-ah", but "Mar-chella", as she points out to a suspect in Series 1.



* TomatoInTheMirror: Series 2 puts a lot of effort into suggesting that Marcella's son, Edward, or Jason killed baby Juliet. [[spoiler:It turns out she killed Juliet, albeit accidentally.]]



* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Marcella is an AntiHero, but she also veers towards this a lot of the time due to her extreme use of DisproportionateRetribution and her violent temper, and [[spoiler:the fact that she turns out to be - admittedly accidentally - responsible for Juliet's death]].



* WouldHurtAChild: The killer in series 1 [[spoiler:kidnaps and murders May]]. In series 2, this is the part of the killer's MO.

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* WouldHurtAChild: The killer in series 1 [[spoiler:kidnaps and murders May]]. In series 2, this is the part of the killer's MO.MO, as part of their EvilerThanThou comparison with Marcella.



* YouLeaveHimAlone: [[spoiler:Marcella finds Jane Colletti after she has kidnapped her son Edward, just as she is about to lobotomise him. Marcella responds by taking Colletti's own daughter hostage at knifepoint and demanding with white-hot fury she gets away from her son.]]
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* YouLeaveHimAlone: [[spoiler:Marcella finds Jane Colletti after she has kidnapped her son Edward, just as she is about to lobotomise him. Marcella responds by taking Colletti's own daughter hostage at knifepoint and demanding with white-hot fury she gets away from her son.]]
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* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:Marcella plants her DNA in a house fire where the dead bodies were burned beyond recognition in order to fake her death.]]

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* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:Marcella plants [[spoiler:The woman who Marcella paid to hide her own DNA from the system during the investigation into Grace's murder was dies in a house fire where the dead bodies were burned beyond recognition fire, resulting in order to fake her death.Marcella being legally dead.]]


* YouAreTooLate: When the police attempt to contact the killer in order to rescue [[spoiler:Rosio. They find her dead on a rooftop across from the discussed meeting point with the kidnapper gone]].


* AwfulTruth: [[spoiler:Marcella suffocated her infant daughter, Juliet, while trying to quiet her. She has a full-on mental breakdown when she recovers the memory, and is almost DrivenToSuicide.]]

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* AwfulTruth: [[spoiler:Marcella accidentally suffocated her infant daughter, Juliet, while trying to quiet her. She has a full-on mental breakdown when she recovers the memory, and is almost DrivenToSuicide.]]



* WouldHurtAChild: The killer in series 1 [[spoiler:kidnaps and murders May]]. In series 2, this is the part of the killer's MO.



* YourCheatingHeart: Marcella's husband, Jason, cheated on her with [[spoiler:Grace Gibson for three years]] while they were still together. Happens to her again come series 2, when she discovers that [[spoiler:Tim]] was two-timing her with [[spoiler:Maya Whitman]].

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* YourCheatingHeart: Marcella's husband, Jason, cheated on YouLeaveHimAlone: [[spoiler:Marcella finds Jane Colletti after she has kidnapped her son Edward, just as she is about to lobotomise him. Marcella responds by taking Colletti's own daughter hostage at knifepoint and demanding with [[spoiler:Grace Gibson for three years]] while they were still together. Happens to white-hot fury she gets away from her again come series 2, when she discovers that [[spoiler:Tim]] was two-timing her with [[spoiler:Maya Whitman]].son.]]


* AwfulTruth: [[spoiler:Marcella suffocated her infant daughter, Juliet, while trying to quiet her. She has a full-on mental breakdown when she recovers the memory, and is almost DrivenToSuicide.]]



* OldCopYoungCop: The dynamic between Marcella and Leanne, who constantly butt heads. Tim even says that Leanne was Marcella ten years ago.

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* OldCopYoungCop: The dynamic between Marcella and Leanne, who constantly butt heads. Tim even says that Leanne was Marcella ten years ago.4
* RightUnderTheirNoses: [[spoiler:The killer in Series 2 turns out to have hidden a body of one of their victims right inside the police station, inside the maintenance compartment of an elevator shaft.]]



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* YourCheatingHeart: Marcella's husband, Jason, cheated on her with [[spoiler:Grace Gibson for three years]] while they were still together. Happens to her again come series 2, when she discovers that [[spoiler:Tim]] was two-timing her with [[spoiler:Maya Whitman]].

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* YourCheatingHeart: Marcella's husband, Jason, cheated on her with [[spoiler:Grace Gibson for three years]] while they were still together. Happens to her again come series 2, when she discovers that [[spoiler:Tim]] was two-timing her with [[spoiler:Maya Whitman]].Whitman]].
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* AmbiguousDisorder: Marcella has a tendency to black out and do things she can't recall later on.
* ActorAllusion: Perhaps inadvertently. You may recall, this isn't the [[Series/LawAndOrderUK first time]] Creator/JamieBamber has played a British detective.
* BritishBrevity: Only 8 episodes thus far.
* FairCop:
* YourCheatingHeart: It turns out that [[spoiler: Marcella's husband, Jason, cheated on her with Grace Gibson.]]

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* AloneWithThePsycho: [[spoiler:Jason]] confronts [[spoiler:Henry Gibson]] in his home when Marcella lets slip that he murdered Grace. Followed soon by Marcella, who follows him to the apartment. Again in series 2 when [[spoiler:Edward]] is visited at home by [[spoiler:Phil Dawkins]], who seeks retaliation against Marcella for indirectly causing [[spoiler:his wife to have a miscarriage after she tips off the press about the accusations against him]].
* AmbiguousDisorder: Marcella has a tendency to black out and do violent things she can't recall later on.
on. It's later referred to as dissociative amnesia.
* ActorAllusion: Perhaps inadvertently. You may recall, this isn't the [[Series/LawAndOrderUK first time]] Creator/JamieBamber has played a British detective.
* BritishBrevity: Only Each series is 8 episodes thus far.
long.
* FairCop:
CopKiller: Combined with MurderSuicide and CharacterDeath. [[spoiler:Nigel becomes despondent when the police find Rosio dead, and shoots Mark, then himself]].
* CowboyCop: Marcella to a T, of the HotBlooded variety. She antagonizes suspects, tampers with evidence, and generally disobeys her superiors in order to pursue the perp on her own. Despite this, her superiors still believe she is a great detective.
* CreepyChild: The killer of series 2 targets children who display violent tendencies, including [[spoiler:Adam (who is quiet and draws bloody pictures depicting murder) and Edward (who, after dealing with the trauma of leaving his friend to be kidnapped and murdered, kills his own pet mouse and displays antisocial behaviors to his girlfriend)]].
* DeadMansChest: Happens to [[spoiler:May]] when the killer kidnaps her and leaves her body in the trunk of a car.
* DetectiveMole: Part of the suspense in series 1 is due to Marcella's suspicion that [[spoiler:she murdered Grace during one of her blackouts. As a result, she tampers with evidence to hide her involvement...even though it turns out that Henry killed Grace and Marcella merely moved the body after waking up and finding Grace dead]].
* DivorceAssetsConflict: This drives the conflict between Marcella and Jason in series 2 when Jason plans on moving to Singapore with his new fiancee and the children. [[spoiler:He even uses Marcella's condition against her and gaslights her to threaten her into giving him sole custody.]]
* EurekaMoment: Marcella finds evidence to incriminate [[spoiler:Henry]] when she sees in a video that May bit her kidnapper, and [[spoiler:Henry]] has bite marks on the same shoulder.
**Happens again when Marcella realizes the Series 2 killer is [[spoiler:a woman based on drag marks, the motive, and witness statements]].
* FairCop
* FakedKidnapping: [[spoiler:Karim works with Eric]] to fake his kidnapping in order to extort money from Vince Whitman.
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:Marcella plants her DNA in a house fire where the dead bodies were burned beyond recognition in order to fake her death.]]
* FourLinesAllWaiting: The format of each series follows the investigation itself, Marcella's personal conflicts, and a few of the secondary characters' lives.
* FrameUp: Vince finds out that his wife Maya was planning to frame him for embezzlement. [[spoiler:He blackmails her into staying with him, and they instead use the documents to frame Tim, who was both sleeping with Maya and the chairman of her foundation.]]
* {{Gaslighting}}: In order to gain custody of the kids, [[spoiler:Jason injures himself in front of Marcella during one of her blackouts knowing that she will forget what happened and assume that she attacked him]].
* GlasgowGrin: [[spoiler:Marcella]] gives herself one during the series 2 finale, after remembering that she [[spoiler:suffocated her infant Juliet while trying to quiet her]].
* HowWeGotHere: Series 2 opens with [[spoiler:Marcella's attempted suicide]] and then rewinds back to 12 days before.
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: [[spoiler:Phil Dawkins]] does this in order to convince Edward to let him into Marcella's home.
* InterruptedSuicide: [[spoiler:Rav]] talks [[spoiler:Marcella]] down from leaping off the roof of the station when she finds out [[spoiler:she accidentally murdered her own infant daughter]].
* LetMeAtHim: Marcella lunges for Phil Dawkins after [[spoiler:officers escort him away when he assaults her son in her home in retaliation against her]].
*LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Each series has a supporting cast of characters that are suspects, and whose subplots tie back to the main investigation.
* MamaBear: Marcella, full stop. Kicks in full throttle when she believes her children are in danger, such as when she [[spoiler:pulls Becky from her car and punches her when she believes she is kidnapping Edward, and when she rescues Edward from being lobotomized by Jane Colletti]].
* MotiveMisidentification: At first, the police believe that the tokens the killer leaves in children's bodies are meant to keep evil out. But further research by their university consult reveals that the symbols are meant to keep evil in.
* MuggingTheMonster: [[spoiler:Jason]] attacks [[spoiler:Henry]] for murdering Grace, without realizing that [[spoiler:he was the serial killer all along]]. He gets stabbed for this.
* OldCopYoungCop: The dynamic between Marcella and Leanne, who constantly butt heads. Tim even says that Leanne was Marcella ten years ago.
* SerialKiller: The culprits in both series. The first series' killer is Hedonistic while the second series' is Mission-Based.
* SerialKillingsSpecificTarget: The series 1 killer is this. [[spoiler:Henry Gibson only intended to kill Grace]] but covers it up by killing others to impersonate the plastic bag killer.
* SexWithTheEx: Marcella and Jason have sex once after their separation.
* TheSmartGuy: Mark is the resident computer expert and researcher for the force.
* TraumaButton: Marcella's is children, specifically when children are in danger or involved in a case.
* TraumaticHaircut: [[spoiler:Marcella gives herself one during her mental breakdown during the series 2 finale.]]
* WomanScorned: Marcella does not react well to the revelation that [[spoiler:both Jason and Tim]] cheated on her. In the former's case, she vandalizes his car with a crowbar. In the latter's, she leaks information to a media site that [[spoiler:Tim]] asked the team to stay silent about.
* WouldHurtAChild: The killer in series 1 [[spoiler:kidnaps and murders May]]. In series 2, this is the part of the killer's MO.
* YouAreTooLate: When the police attempt to contact the killer in order to rescue [[spoiler:Rosio. They find her dead on a rooftop across from the discussed meeting point, with the kidnapper gone]].
* YourCheatingHeart: It turns out that [[spoiler: Marcella's husband, Jason, cheated on her with Grace Gibson.]][[spoiler:Grace Gibson for three years]] while they were still together. Happens to her again come series 2, when she discovers that [[spoiler:Tim]] was two-timing her with [[spoiler:Maya Whitman]].
* WouldHurtAChild: The killer in series 1 [[spoiler:kidnaps and murders May]]. In series 2, this is the part of the killer's MO.
* YouAreTooLate: When the police attempt to contact the killer in order to rescue [[spoiler:Rosio. They find her dead on a rooftop across from the discussed meeting point with the kidnapper gone]].
* YourCheatingHeart: Marcella's husband, Jason, cheated on her with [[spoiler:Grace Gibson for three years]] while they were still together. Happens to her again come series 2, when she discovers that [[spoiler:Tim]] was two-timing her with [[spoiler:Maya Whitman]].


''Marcella'' is a British crime-noir detective series. Marcella Backland, in her 30s, reboots her career in the Murder Squad of the Metropolitan Police after a 7 year maternity break, once she learns that a serial killer she once investigated may have returned. The series will air on ITV for 8 episodes beginning 4 April 2016.

It is also available on Netflix.

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''Marcella'' is a British crime-noir detective series. series starring Creator/AnnaFriel as DS Marcella Backland, in her 30s, reboots her career in Backland. After having left for a 7 year maternity break, Marcella returns to the Murder Squad of the Metropolitan Police after a 7 year maternity break, once when she learns that a serial killer she once investigated may have returned. Meanwhile, she attempts to manage a turbulent home life with her estranged husband and two children, all while coping with a mysterious condition causing her to black out and unknowingly commit violent acts.

The series will air is written, directed, and produced by Hans Rosenfeldt, creator of ''[[Series/BronBroen The Bridge]]''. It also stars Nicholas Pinnock as Jason Backland, Ray Panthaki as DI Rav Singha, Creator/JamieBamber as DI/DCI Tim Williamson, and Jack Doolan as DC Mark Travis. In series 1, Nina Sosanya also stars as DCI Laura Porter and Charlie Covell as DC Alex Dier. Sophia Brown joins the main cast in series 2 as DC Leanne Hunter.

The first series premiered
on ITV for 8 episodes beginning 4 April 2016.

2016, and the second on 19 February 2018. It is also available on Netflix.


"Marcella" is a British crime-noir detective series. Marcella Backland, in her 30s, reboots her career in the Murder Squad of the Metropolitan Police after a 7 year maternity break, once she learns that a serial killer she once investigated may have returned. The series will air on ITV for 8 episodes beginning 4 April 2016.

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"Marcella" ''Marcella'' is a British crime-noir detective series. Marcella Backland, in her 30s, reboots her career in the Murder Squad of the Metropolitan Police after a 7 year maternity break, once she learns that a serial killer she once investigated may have returned. The series will air on ITV for 8 episodes beginning 4 April 2016.



* ActorAllusion: Perhaps inadvertently. You may recall, this isn't the [[LawAndOrderUK first time]] Creator/JamieBamber has played a British detective.

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* ActorAllusion: Perhaps inadvertently. You may recall, this isn't the [[LawAndOrderUK [[Series/LawAndOrderUK first time]] Creator/JamieBamber has played a British detective.


* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler: It turns out that Marcella's husband, Jason, cheated on her with Grace Gibson.]]

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* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler: It turns out that [[spoiler: Marcella's husband, Jason, cheated on her with Grace Gibson.]]


* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler: It turns out that Marcella's husband, Jason, cheated on her with Grace Gibson

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* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler: It turns out that Marcella's husband, Jason, cheated on her with Grace GibsonGibson.]]


* YourCheatingHeart: Turns out that [[spoiler: Marcella's husband, Jason, has cheated on her with Grace Gibson.]]

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* YourCheatingHeart: Turns out that [[spoiler: It turns out that Marcella's husband, Jason, has cheated on her with Grace Gibson.]]Gibson


* FairCop:

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* FairCop:FairCop:
* YourCheatingHeart: Turns out that [[spoiler: Marcella's husband, Jason, has cheated on her with Grace Gibson.]]

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