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Saturday 21 October 2017

Keith Allen and Nigel Planer join Anna Friel’s Marcella

The new series sees DS Marcella Backland discover a body hidden in a wall.

Anna Friel (Matt Crossick/PA)
Anna Friel (Matt Crossick/PA)

By Julia Hunt, Press Association

Anna Friel will be joined by Keith Allen and Nigel Planer in the next series of her ITV crime thriller Marcella.

The actress is reprising the role of DS Marcella Backland in the noir detective show, which drew huge ratings during its first outing in 2016.

Eddie The Eagle actor Allen and The Young Ones’ Planer join returning cast members including Ray Panthaki, Nicholas Pinnock and Jamie Bamber in the second series.

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Keith Allen and Nigel Planer (ITV)

Shooting is under way on the new eight-part run, which is once again set in contemporary London and begins with the discovery of a body inside a wall.

A devastated Marcella soon works out that the body is that of schoolboy Leo Priestley, who was abducted a few years beforehand and was a friend of her own son.

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Anna Friel (ITV)

Friel said: “I’m thrilled to be reprising the role of Marcella and want to thank ITV for recommissioning this powerful London based noir drama.

“The reaction from everyone has been amazing, although the real question I keep being asked is whether the green parka will be making an appearance in season two as well?”

Marcella is expected to return later this year.

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