Filming has commenced on the third season of ITV drama Marcella.
The crime drama, starring Anna Friel, is created by internationally renowned screenwriter and novelist Hans Rosenfeldt (The Bridge) and Nicola Larder. Following on from the dramatic conclusion of the previous season, the new eight-parter sees Marcella in Belfast as an undercover detective. She has taken on a new identity, Keira, and has infiltrated the infamous Maguire crime family but as she investigates their activities, questions come to the fore about how much she’s embraced the Keira personality and left Marcella behind.
In true Marcella style, the series has interweaving storylines with strands focusing upon the Maguires’ criminal operations. As she inhabits the character of Keira, Marcella’s quest for the truth puts her in danger and others in harm’s way. Her undercover role makes her take risks, but will her old life eventually catch up with her?
Also set to join the cast this season are Hugo Speer (The Musketeers, Britannia, The Full Monty) and Amanda Burton (Waterloo Road, Silent Witness), while Ray Panthaki (Colette, One Crazy Thing) returns to the series as Rav Sangha.
Friel, who also exec-produce, comments: “I’m absolutely delighted to be taking on the role of Marcella again and am very grateful to ITV and Netflix for giving me the chance to delve into her unsettled world once more. Everyone has been so supportive of the show and I am loving being so widely welcomed by the great city of Belfast. I can’t wait for the viewers to see what this series has in store.”
An array of new cast members are welcomed to the series, including Amanda Burton (Waterloo Road, Silent Witness) who takes on the role of Katherine, the matriarch of the Maguire family; Aaron McCusker (Bohemian Rhapsody, Fortitude, Shameless) plays her son, Finn Maguire; while Hugo Speer (The Musketeers, Britannia, The Full Monty), who made a brief appearance in the final scenes of Season 2, reprises his role as Frank Young, Marcella’s undercover handler. Kelly Gough (The Fall, Broadchurch) also joins the cast, taking the role of Stacey, Katherine’s daughter; Martin McCann (Death & Nightingales, The Frankenstein Chronicles) plays Stacey’s husband, with Eugene O’Hare (The Fall, Death & Nightingales) as local police officer Eddie. Michael Colgan (X Company, My Mother and Other Strangers) plays Rory Maguire, while Paul Kennedy (Death & Nightingales, No Offence) plays Lawrence, Marcella’s initial contact within the crime family and Glen Wallace (River City, The Secret) is Matt, a past acquaintance.
The programme hails from leading UK independent content production company Buccaneer Media, and is also executive produced by Rosenfeldt, and Buccaneer Media’s founder Tony Wood (who created the joint venture production company in partnership with global entertainment company, Cineflix Media). Elliott Swift (script editor for Marcella) is producing, with the first four episodes directed by Gilles Bannier (Tin Star, The Tunnel) and the following four helmed by Ashley Pearce (Broken, Endeavour).
Rosenfeldt has written the first two episodes and storylined episodes three to eight. The writers of these episodes are David Allison (Bedlam, The Case), Rachel Flowerday (Father Brown, The Moonstone) Mike Walden (The Frankenstein Chronicle), Matthew Thomas (The Chameleon, Valentine’s Kiss) and Tim Loane (Das Boot, Versailles).
Filming is now underway and will take place entirely on location in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during spring and summer of 2019.