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It's the moment Marcella fans have been waiting for - the third series of the highly anticipated crime drama will return to our screens later this month, and ahead of its release, ITV has shared some first look images and a trailer.
You can watch the clip below:
The eight-part series will pick up where it left off in Season 2, after that explosive scene in which Marcella sliced the side of her face, chopped off all her hair and was living under a bridge. Entering Season 3, Marcella (played by Anna Friel) is almost unrecognisable.
With a choppy blonde bob and total style overhaul, viewers will see how Marcella - who now goes by the name of Keira Devlin - is working as an undercover detective in Belfast.
Under her new guise, she's been set the mission of infiltrating the infamous Maguire family, where she begins delving into their criminal activities.
When viewers last saw Marcella, she had truly hit rock bottom - not only had she come to the realisation that she had killed her baby daughter, Juliette, but her other two children - Emma and Edward - had left to live with dad Jason (Nicholas Pinnock).
In Season 3, viewers will see how the police detective managed to build herself back up to become Keira after Marcella was left homeless and presumed dead.
And as Marcella embraces more of Keira, and less of herself, her undercover role begins putting her life and the lives of others in danger. But will Marcella, and her old life, eventually catch up with her?
Speaking about playing the role of Keira, actress Anna Friel explained: "In this season we go more into her post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the discovery that she's responsible for the death of her baby - or she thinks she is - and we watch her mental health deteriorate more and more.
"It's changed in the sense that it's not a whodunnit anymore, it's not about who's the murderer, it's about Keira going into the underbody of this family that's not particularly good.
"In episode six we go right back to when she's just sliced her face and cut her hair in the underpass. You'll see what happened and how she made herself stronger."
And Anna hinted that there might actually be a happy ending for Marcella.
"There might even be a happy ending, we might actually see Marcella smile," she added.
Excitingly, Anna has also hinted that there could be scope for a Season 4 of Marcella - something we would definitely be behind.
"It was always meant to be a trilogy, Hans [Rosenfeldt] always meant for it to be that way. There's definitely room for it to grow and to continue but I don't think we're at that stage yet.
"I know it's been really well received in the other 32 countries that it's aired in. A lot of them started on Season 3 and went back to Season 1 and 2."
And when asked if she would be up for continuing Marcella's story, Anna said: "I love Marcella, I'm very attached to her, it would take lots of discussions to say what now can we do with her, it's better to have three really strong seasons than a weaker one.
"But if someone came up with a really strong idea about where it could go. I could see her in South America, you could take her anywhere."
Well that certainly sounds promising!
Alongside Anna, Ray Panthaki also returns in Season 3, meanwhile the series will also star Hugo Speer (The Musketeers, Britannia, The Full Monty), Amanda Burton (Waterloo Road, Silent Witness), Aaron McCusker (Bohemian Rhapsody, Fortitude, Shameless), Kelly Gough (The Fall, Broadchurch), Martin McCann (Death & Nightingales, The Frankenstein Chronicles), Eugene O'Hare (The Fall, Death & Nightingales), Michael Colgan (X Company, My Mother and Other Strangers) Paul Kennedy (Death & Nightingales, No Offence) and Glen Wallace (River City, The Secret).
The third season of Marcella will air on Tuesday 26th January at 9pm on ITV. Once the episode has aired, the entire series will be available to watch on the ITV Hub.
We can feel a binge-watch coming on very soon!
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