Marcella series 2: When is it back? Who is in the cast? All you need to know

Everything you need to know about the second series of the ITV police drama starring Anna Friel as the troubled detective.

When Marcella made its debut in 2016, its dark, gripping storyline shocked viewers and won it legions of fans.

It’s been a long wait for a follow-up to the programme about the troubled detective, but now the second series is just around the corner and we can’t wait to find out what the latest is with Marcella.

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Find out all you need to know about the new episodes, including the storyline and starring cast.

When does Marcella series 2 start?

Marcella's second series will premiere on Monday, February 19th at 9pm on ITV.

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What case is Marcella covering this time?

If you thought Marcella couldn’t get any darker than the first series, which saw a serial killer seemingly becoming active 11 years after his last killing, prepare to be proved grimly wrong.

This time, the detective is investigating the discovery of a body bricked-up inside a wall, dressed in a school blazer and surrounded by soft toys.

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She soon works out that the victim is schoolboy Leo Priestley, a friend of her son Edward who was abducted a few years earlier.

Marcella’s on-off boyfriend Tim is now the Detective Chief Inspector and the task force he puts onto hunting the killer uncover a strange and varied group of suspects - but could they be responsible for Leo’s death? And why would they kill a schoolboy?

Will Marcella still be suffering blackouts?

Added to the tough situation she’s dealing with at work, Marcella is still suffering the disorientating blackouts that plagued her in series one.

She’s worried about the effects that her memory losses are having on her family and Marcella’s home life gets even more difficult when her ex-husband Jason introduces his new girlfriend.

Will Marcella be able to get to the bottom of what is happening to her mind, and how will it affect her trying to solve the case?

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Who stars in the second series?

Of course, Anna Friel is back in the title role of Detective Sergeant Marcella Backland, while Nicholas Pinnock also returns as her nemesis, ex-husband and father of her children Jason Backland. Howards End and The Crown actress Yolanda Kettle is new to the cast as Jason’s fiancée Becky.

At the police station, Jamie Bamber’s character Tim Williamson has been promoted to Detective Chief Inspector and Ray Panthaki is also back as Detective Inspector Rav Sangha. They’re joined by newcomer to the show Sophia Brown, who plays recent recruit Detective Constable LeAnn Hunter.

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New faces among the cast also include Jason Hughes (Midsomer Murders) and Victoria Smurfit (Ballkissangel, About a Boy) who play Vince and Maya Whitman, a wealthy, successful couple who have trouble bubbling under the surface of their marriage.

Peter Sullivan (The Borgias) plays ex-convict Phil who is trying to stay on the straight and narrow, and his young, impressionable girlfriend Nina is played by Amy Dawson.

Marcella has also signed up The Young Ones star Nigel Planer and 24 Hour Party People’s Keith Allen as an aging rocker and his manager with an odd connection to the case, although whether they’re linked to the murder or are sitting on a completely different secret remains to be seen.

Set your BT box to record Marcella series 2 on Monday, February 19th at 9pm on ITV.

Series 1 is available to buy now in the BT TV Store

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