You may or may not recognize the name Hans Rosenfeldt, but you’re probably familiar with at least one of the shows he’s written. His latest project is for ITV: the crime drama Marcella.
BAFTA TV Award and Robert Festival nominee Hans Rosenfeldt — writer of the Swedish/Danish crime serial The Bridge (Bron/Broen) and Swedish mystery series The Sandhamn Murders, and co-author with Michael Hjorth of the “Sebastian Bergman” crime novels — has created his first drama exclusively for audiences in the UK following the global success of The Bridge.
The new drama is Marcella, an original, multi-stranded crime drama co-created by Rosenfeldt and Nicola Larder (Sky’s development executive on The Tunnel) that is being produced by Buccaneer Media (Desi Rascals) for ITV.
With Marcella, Rosenfeldt brings Scandinavian noir to the streets of London, where the eponymous single female detective with the Metropolitan Police ends up working solo on a serial murder case that has several potential suspects.
Twelve years ago, Marcella gave up her fast-track career to wed and start a family with Jason, the love of her life. Then her marriage ended abruptly. Now in her mid-30s with a daughter at boarding school, Marcella returns to the Met’s Murder Squad while attempting to make sense of what has happened in her life. But her personal matters are not the only things she needs to figure out.
Multiple killings have occurred recently, and all of them bear the hallmarks of unsolved murders committed more than decade ago. So Marcella is immediately assigned to the case that she first worked on in 2003, in which the killer was never found. Now that more bodies have been discovered, she must determine if the serial killer has resurfaced or if a copycat killer is responsible for the recent deaths.
There are also the questions of whether Marcella will be able to cope with such a disturbing case, when her own mental and emotional states are so fragile and vulnerable, and if throwing herself into work will provide the answers she seeks or lead her into territory best left avoided.
Said ITV Director of Drama Steve November, who commissioned Marcella with Controller of Drama Victoria Fea, “Hans has created a compelling central character driven by rejection and intuition who is at crisis point in her personal life. The narrative is so unpredictable with suspicion falling on nearly all of the characters.”
The eight-episode Marcella will be executive produced by Rosenfeldt, Nicola Larder, and Buccaneer Media’s founder Tony Wood (Coronation Street). Filming will start in this fall in London and surrounding areas. Stay tuned for details regarding casting.