The BEST Episodes of Marcella

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 3, 2020

Network: ITV

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.

Episode 8

#1 - Episode 8

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired May 17, 2016

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.

star 7.82
717 votes
Writers: Hans Rosenfeldt
Episode 7

#2 - Episode 7

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired May 16, 2016

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.

star 7.72
693 votes
Writers: Hans Rosenfeldt
Episode 7

#3 - Episode 7

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 2, 2018

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.

star 7.66
355 votes
Directors: Jim O'Hanlon
Writers: Hans Rosenfeldt
Episode 4

#4 - Episode 4

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 25, 2016

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.

star 7.65
771 votes
Writers: Hans Rosenfeldt, Marston Bloom
Episode 6

#5 - Episode 6

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired May 9, 2016

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?

star 7.65
717 votes
Writers: Hans Rosenfeldt, Mark Greig
Episode 5

#6 - Episode 5

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 19, 2018

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

star 7.62
362 votes
Writers: Camilla Ahlgren, Hans Rosenfeldt
Episode 6

#7 - Episode 6

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 26, 2018

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.

star 7.61
369 votes
Writers: Hans Rosenfeldt
Episode 5

#8 - Episode 5

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired May 2, 2016

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.

star 7.61
740 votes
Writers: Ben Harris, Hans Rosenfeldt
Episode 3

#9 - Episode 3

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 18, 2016

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.

star 7.59
773 votes
Directors: Charles Martin
Writers: Hans Rosenfeldt
Episode 8

#10 - Episode 8

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 9, 2018

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?

star 7.54
380 votes
Directors: Jim O'Hanlon
Writers: Hans Rosenfeldt
Episode 2

#11 - Episode 2

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 11, 2016

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.

star 7.50
895 votes
Directors: Charles Martin
Writers: Hans Rosenfeldt
Episode 4

#12 - Episode 4

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 12, 2018

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

star 7.45
361 votes
Writers: Hans Rosenfeldt
Episode 3

#13 - Episode 3

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 5, 2018

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.

star 7.41
375 votes
Directors: Charles Martin
Writers: Hans Rosenfeldt
Episode 1

#14 - Episode 1

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 4, 2016

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.

star 7.32
1,095 votes
Directors: Charles Martin
Writers: Hans Rosenfeldt
Episode 2

#15 - Episode 2

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 26, 2018

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.

star 7.27
402 votes
Directors: Charles Martin
Writers: Hans Rosenfeldt
Episode 1

#16 - Episode 1

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 19, 2018

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.

star 7.07
436 votes
Directors: Charles Martin
Writers: Hans Rosenfeldt