964 votes


ITV 2016

Marcella is shocked to the core of her being when her husband Jason leaves her unexpectedly, confessing he no longer loves her. Heartbroken, Marcella returns to the Met’s Murder Squad. Ten years ago Marcella gave up her fast-tracked police career to marry and devote her life to her family. With the abrupt end to her marriage and isolated from her 13 year old daughter and 10 year old son, Marcella throws herself into work to stop herself from falling apart.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Marcella

Marcella - S1E8

#1 - Episode 8 (Season 1 - Episode 8)

In her desperate hunt for Matthew, Marcella questions Henry at his home. Meanwhile, the pressure mounts on Jason as Tim's investigation into the murder of Andrew Barnes gathers pace, and the killer is finally revealed, causing shockwaves among the entire team.

The episode was rated 7.78 from 670 votes.

Marcella - S1E7

#2 - Episode 7 (Season 1 - Episode 7)

Mo confronts Marcella after finding his brother dead, while the detective has her doubts as the police continue to investigate Yann. Tim starts to look into the curious circumstances surrounding the death of Andrew Barnes, bringing him into contact with Jason.

The episode was rated 7.69 from 637 votes.

Marcella - S1E6

#3 - Episode 6 (Season 1 - Episode 6)

The killer's next victim is a six-year-old girl, which devastates Marcella, and a DNA match gives the police team its strongest lead yet. Meanwhile, DI Tim Williamson investigates Andrew Barnes' death - was it really suicide?

The episode was rated 7.64 from 660 votes.

Marcella - S1E4

#4 - Episode 4 (Season 1 - Episode 4)

An aborted attack on an elderly man gives the police a new lead in the Grove Park killings, while Marcella tries to track down the taxi driver from outside Grace Gibson's house, fearful that he saw her on the night of the murder.

The episode was rated 7.63 from 704 votes.

Marcella - S2E7

#5 - Episode 7 (Season 2 - Episode 7)

Marcella heads to Nigel Stafford's house to question him. As she walks around the house she finds a small grave before heading inside the unlocked door. Inside she's confronted by Nigel, holding a knife.

The episode was rated 7.63 from 408 votes.

Marcella - S1E5

#6 - Episode 5 (Season 1 - Episode 5)

Mo holds the police responsible when Hassan is shot, while Marcella triumphs over Peter Cullen and finally gets the information she is after relating to Grace's death. Jason manages to get his job at DTG back - but at what cost? - and deliveryman Ronnie makes the mistake of his life.

The episode was rated 7.61 from 681 votes.

Marcella - S2E5

#7 - Episode 5 (Season 2 - Episode 5)

Kevin Hoffs and his blue lorry are found abandoned in a lay by. Leann informs Marcella that the lorry had been there for 36 hours. After analysing Adam's phone records, the team become aware that Adam had contacted the KidsCall helpline. Marcella heads there to retrieve the records and Maya is helpful despite both women having Tim Williamson in common. From Adam's records they see that he'd admitted to being abused by his father but his father has alibis for many incidents surrounding the case.

The episode was rated 7.60 from 410 votes.

Marcella - S1E3

#8 - Episode 3 (Season 1 - Episode 3)

Grace's body is discovered by the police and Marcella tries to keep her head and hide the fact that she was one of the last people to see her alive. Sylvie is distraught at the loss of her daughter and her dismay is further compounded when she learns that Grace and Jason were having an affair, while Henry tries to find comfort with his friends Matthew and Yann. Meanwhile, Peter is released from open prison and makes a beeline for Maddy, who lies to him about having a boyfriend.

The episode was rated 7.59 from 716 votes.

Marcella - S2E6

#9 - Episode 6 (Season 2 - Episode 6)

The arrest of Vince Whitman causes massive fallout between Tim and Marcella. Meanwhile, Postfeed24’s internet viral video leads the team to discover another body much closer to home.

The episode was rated 7.57 from 413 votes.

Marcella - S1E2

#10 - Episode 2 (Season 1 - Episode 2)

The Gibson family are in a state of panic when Grace is discovered missing, and Marcella tries to make sense of the previous evening's events, scouring CCTV footage in an attempt to discover more about her disappearance. Cara returns home from her latest job, in which she has stolen a watch, some earrings and a bracelet, but is unaware of their significance and the danger she's put herself in, with all of the items recognisable as trophies taken by the Grove Park Killer.

The episode was rated 7.56 from 783 votes.

Marcella - S2E8
#11 - Episode 8
Season 2 - Episode 8

Marcella has no time to lose as the killer has Edward. Following leads she races to the killer's house, but finds it empty except for a ringing phone. However, a premonition offers up clues, but can she get to her child before it is too late?

The episode was rated from 437 votes.
Marcella - S2E4
#12 - Episode 4
Season 2 - Episode 4

Adam gets away from the killer's prison but loses consciousness while trying to escape in the car of an elderly couple. Meanwhile, Marcella confronts Reg about a binder that was stolen from his house, while Phil sets his sights on the detective.

The episode was rated from 406 votes.
Marcella - S3E5
#13 - Episode 5
Season 3 - Episode 5

Her stalker's latest threat leaves Marcella suspicious of Frank. After recognizing one of Bobby's abductors in police records, she tracks him down.

The episode was rated from 211 votes.
Marcella - S2E3
#14 - Episode 3
Season 2 - Episode 3

Marcella digs deep in her attempts to take down Phil Dawkins, but her dogged pursuit has tragic consequences, causing her to question everything. Meanwhile, her ongoing blackouts mean she has to face up to the threat of losing her children.

The episode was rated from 422 votes.
Marcella - S1E1
#15 - Episode 1
Season 1 - Episode 1

Former detective Marcella Backland is shocked to the core when her husband Jason leaves her unexpectedly, confessing he no longer loves her. Heartbroken, she returns to her job on the Met's murder squad that she gave up 10 years before to have her second child, and decides to follow up on a hunch she had in a case involving a serial killer.

The episode was rated from 932 votes.
Marcella - S3E2
#16 - Episode 2
Season 3 - Episode 2

Marcella is recognized on the street, and later finds an odd note on her windshield. When DCI Sangha arrives in Belfast, Bobby must cover his tracks.

The episode was rated from 235 votes.
Marcella - S3E3
#17 - Episode 3
Season 3 - Episode 3

Marcella receives an anonymous package. At Jessie's vigil, DCI Sangha spots an eerily familiar face. Finn finds out who sold Jessie the heroin.

The episode was rated from 226 votes.
Marcella - S3E4
#18 - Episode 4
Season 3 - Episode 4

The Maguires arrange for Bobby to leave the U.K., but the plan goes awry en route to the airport. Katherine sends a threatening message to Marcella.

The episode was rated from 213 votes.
Marcella - S2E2
#19 - Episode 2
Season 2 - Episode 2

Dr Fairclough tells Marcella that it might be a good idea to go back to the root cause of her blackouts - Juliet's cot death. But when she tries to relive that moment at her home, the resulting stress levels put her into another fugue state. Meanhile, the team is called out when the driver of a car abandons his vehicle after a fatal collision with a cyclist and police attending the scene open the boot to discover a body surrounded by the same stuffed toys found with Leo.

The episode was rated from 448 votes.
Marcella - S3E1
#20 - Episode 1
Season 3 - Episode 1

Eighteen months later, Marcella has a new life as a deep undercover operative in Belfast, spying on a powerful family that's running a shady business.

The episode was rated from 251 votes.

Last updated: nov 28, 2022



Like another version of The Fall, or The Bridge, or all the other crime dramas focussing on a single villain per season. Just a lot less amazing and less well written. Anna Friel does a decent job, just as she did in American Odyssey but that series turned to garbage after half or two-third. Marcella doesn't start too bad either. This series has kind of the same progression, pretty neat overall the first half (season 1), turning worse with each episode in the second half (season 2). Season 2 had its moments, was more "action" and has enough room to explore the blackouts that Marcella has. However, in the end, as it turns out, she's the worst of them all. Anyway, while The Fall with Gillian Anderson has a thick, suspense driven plot, this series looses itself at times in the myriad of story threads that it has. Threads that are not explored, or character changes (in S2) that are not explained opening new threads you do not necessarily care about in the broader scheme of things. Like Jason turning into a massive asshole. Tim as well as he suddenly is this career hungry guy, cheating on Marcella for that reason. Sometimes this lack of focus leads to very artificially constructed situations that are hilariously illogical but need to happen to close the episode. Overall in both seasons almost everything - there are some red herrings - falls conveniently together at the end. Like a puzzle that you cannot solve but as soon as you have that one necessary piece, it's easy. Too easy, actually. What confused me throughout is, why do these detectives do not carry a gun? I find that mind-boggling. They are not exactly police but a special force, they have the same rights to question suspects, arrest people and such but do not carry a gun? There were several "dramatic" situations that would have been resolved so easily with a weapon. Other situations would have been dealt with a lot quicker as well if not for Marcella, who is actually not fit for duty at all. But because she is the center of the show that's supposed to be okay. Another pet peeve is the portrayal of men in this show. Normally I do not dwell on this part as I find it very exhausting and in our times too often too much read into and therefore people being overly judgemental about it. But in this instance it is so blatant that it is hard to ignore how men and women are portrayed in this show. Starting with Mark, the IT guy. Very clichéd IT guy at the beginning as if we're back in the 90s. No one understands what he does, even if he explains it, but everyone relies upon him. Because of that he is thrown around, told to shut up and get to the point, he is invisible to the one woman he is into who assaults him later on. They toned this down as the show progresses but at some point he out of nowhere spies on that one woman (to enable some plot that I'd call illogical later on), so back to square one in a sense. This annoyed me greatly. As mentioned, Jason and Tim turning into massive assholes. Both are cheating on their wife/girlfriend. Jason is scheming to get custody of the children of him and Marcella, verbally abusing her. Other men are violent criminals, pedophiles, murderers or any combination. In general the plots with the pedophiles seem to try very hard to polarize or provoke the audience but it is so heavy handed, it's absurd. There is only one "good" (regular) man in this show: Rav Sangha. Compared to how women (and to a lesser extent children) are portrayed: always the victim, always in need of protection or saving, always the damsel in distress because of scum aka men. With only one exception, the villain in S2 who is the focus for 2 or 3 episodes. Two, if you count Marcella but we only see that at the very end. There was definitely too much gender stereotypes in this to enable plots in very cheesy ways, clouding the few good things in it. Something you can watch, that has some really cool scenes and episodes and some really ehhh. If you like this, watch the above-mentioned The Fall, The Bridge, maybe even Crossing Lines.


I have to admit I may be being overly critical of this series. After watching Scott & Bailey, which so brilliantly captures the British meticulous and stringently regulated police procedure, and then watching Doctor Foster, which is such an intense thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat, this series felt sloppy, unbelievable and slow to get to its point. For another point of view, however my sisters highly recommended this, so I'll offer those varied viewpoint to you to make your viewing choice. I give Marcella a 6.5.


I watched the first episode and actually wasnt crazy about it. I'll watch a couple more episodes before giving up.


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