7.4
789 votes
Marcella

Marcella

ITV 2016

Former detective Marcella Backland is devastated when her husband leaves her and their two children. He is a legal adviser to DTG construction, property developers, effectively controlled by the Gibson family. When she is visited by a senior detective on the murder squad for information regarding an unsolved serial killer 11 years previously who seems to have become active again, Marcella returns to the murder squad. She enters a world of on-line dating, prostitution, and dubious dealings of her husband's employers while trying to save her marriage.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Marcella

Marcella - S3E8

#1 - Episode 8

7.04

Season 3 - Episode 8

Marcella's latest blackout leaves her with an unexplained corpse. Wondering why DCI Sangha is still in Belfast, Jack decides to investigate on his own.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Marcella from 113 votes.

Marcella - S2E1

#2 - Episode 1

7.08

Season 2 - Episode 1

Marcella investigates when a body is discovered inside a wall, clothed in a school blazer and surrounded by soft toys. The detective soon works out that the victim is Leo Priestley, who had been abducted a few years beforehand and was a friend of her son Edward.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Marcella from 458 votes.

Marcella - S3E6

#3 - Episode 6

7.09

Season 3 - Episode 6

Marcella recalls how Frank rescued and reprogrammed her 18 months earlier. When Stacey flees from the Maguires with her baby, Marcella must find her.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Marcella from 116 votes.

Marcella - S3E7

#4 - Episode 7

7.15

Season 3 - Episode 7

Finn uses Rory's phobia to bully him into an alliance. Marcella confronts Frank with a discovery about his past. DCI Sangha learns of Stacey's arrest.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Marcella from 112 votes.

Marcella - S2E2

#5 - Episode 2

7.27

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 #5 Worst episode of Marcella from 426 votes.

Marcella - S3E1

#6 - Episode 1

7.28

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 #6 Worst episode of Marcella from 139 votes.

Marcella - S1E1

#7 - Episode 1

7.33

Season 1 - Episode 1

After 11 years’ absence away from the force, DS Marcella Backland finds herself drawn back to police work following the return of the Grove Park Killer, her last case before she left to start a family. In 2005, the killer tied the victims’ hands and feet with cable ties before taping a plastic bag around their heads. The case went cold. But now, over ten years later, it seems he has returned.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Marcella from 1017 votes.

Marcella - S3E3

#8 - Episode 3

7.35

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 #8 Worst episode of Marcella from 130 votes.

Marcella - S3E4

#9 - Episode 4

7.37

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 #9 Worst episode of Marcella from 118 votes.

Marcella - S3E2

#10 - Episode 2

7.40

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 #10 Worst episode of Marcella from 126 votes.

#11 - Episode 3
7.42
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 #1 Worst episode of Marcella from 396 votes.

#12 - Episode 5
7.45
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 #2 Worst episode of Marcella from 117 votes.

#13 - Episode 4
7.45
Season 2 - Episode 4

Marcella needs to take control of her blackouts urgently or risk losing her children. Meanwhile, her pursuit of Phil Dawkins ends with tragic consequences.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Marcella from 386 votes.

#14 - Episode 8
7.56
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 #4 Worst episode of Marcella from 408 votes.

Marcella - S1E2
#15 - Episode 2
7.56
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 #5 Worst episode of Marcella from 841 votes.

Marcella - S1E3
#16 - Episode 3
7.59
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 #6 Worst episode of Marcella from 773 votes.

Marcella - S1E5
#17 - Episode 5
7.60
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 Worst episode of Marcella from 742 votes.

Marcella - S1E4
#18 - Episode 4
7.61
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 #8 Worst episode of Marcella from 773 votes.

Marcella - S1E6
#19 - Episode 6
7.62
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 #9 Worst episode of Marcella from 716 votes.

#20 - Episode 5
7.62
Season 2 - Episode 5

Marcella learns the horrifying truth about the scale of the killer's crimes when she discovers the murderer's lair.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Marcella from 387 votes.

Last updated: mar 02, 2021

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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.

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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.

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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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I don’t agree with what anyone says, this series kept me from wanting more and I couldn’t stop watching. The character irritated me in season 3 and it was much more slow paced. But overall I loved this series and I want another season

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First season was the best. As someone else mentioned shows like The fall and The killing and The bridge (lots of "the"s I know) are much better. I dont regret watching marcella but it could have been so much better. If you're looking for a good detective show then the ones I mentioned are a better place to start

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I'm just not sure , love Anna Friel but would you place someone so broken into a situation like this ? I have a little knowledge of the situation and except the need for this type of story line to create a televisual drama but the holes are a little to much. Again like the Bodyguard why would any intelligence agency place someone so broken and in need of help into this type of situation

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