The Marcella season 3 release date has been confirmed, and it's so soon

Dusty Baxter-Wright
·4-min read
Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

From Cosmopolitan

If you made it through Marcella season 2 without experiencing minor heart palpitations: congratulations. It was intense. But now it's time to prepare for more shocking scenes as Marcella has moved to a new a new city and taken on a brand new identity. ITV have now confirmed season 3 will air on Tuesday 26th January, which is so soon. Here's everything you need to know about the new series ahead of the release date.

How did Marcella season 2 end?

In the season 2 finale, a lot happened. But one twist we didn't expect to see was Marcella (Anna Friel) handing over full custody of her children to ex-husband Jason (Nicholas Pinnock), assaulting DI Rav Sangha (Ray Panthaki), slashing her own face with scissors and living rough on the streets for nine days.

The very end of the episode watches as a man, whom we haven't met before, finds a homeless Marcella, and tells her: "There was a fire nine days ago. I don’t know if you heard anything about it? An abandoned house over in Welworth. Well, it was supposed to be abandoned. A number of homeless people, immigrants were squatting there. Three people died.

"The bodies were so badly burned, they had to use DNA to identify them. Couldn’t match two of them, but they were able to identify the third. Marcella Backland. DS Marcella Backland. For some reason there’s been a mixup with the DNA. So now, you’re dead! The department I work for could use a dead police officer to go undercover. What do you say?"

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

What will happen in Marcella season 3?

When ITV confirmed the third season, they also shed light on what would go down, revealing Marcella will have a brand new identity.

"Following on from the dramatic conclusion of the previous series, 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," they shared.

"But as she investigates their activities, questions come to the fore about how much she’s embraced the Keira personality and left Marcella behind. 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?"

When will Marcella season 3 be released?

It's official: Marcella series 3 will return to TV on Tuesday 26 January at 9pm on ITV. You can binge the entire series on the hub from then too.

Who will star in Marcella season 3?

A whole host of new faces join the cast this series, including Waterloo Road's Amanda Burton as Katherine, the matriarch of the Maguire family; Shameless's Aaron McCusker as her son, Finn Maguire; and The Full Monty's Hugo Speer, who made a brief appearance in the final scenes of series two, reprises his role as Frank Young.

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

Broadchurch's Kelly Gough also joins Marcella as Katherine's daughter Stacey, Martin McCann will play her husband, while Eugene O'Hare from The Fall will play local police officer Eddie. Michael Colgan is also involved, whilst Paul Kennedy plays Lawrence, Marcella’s initial contact within the crime family and Glen Wallace is Matt, a past acquaintance. Familiar faces will also be returning, including Ray Panthanki as DI Rav Singh.

Actor and executive producer Anna Friel said of the third season: "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."

How many episodes will Marcella season 3 have?

Marcella season 1 and 2 had eight episodes each, and Marcella season 3 will have eight too.

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