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Bridge creator in UK drama first

Commercial broadcaster ITV has commissioned the creator of Scandinavian drama The Bridge to make his first series in the UK.

Hans Rosenfeldt

Hans Rosenfeldt

Crime drama Marcella will be penned by screenwriter and novelist Hans Rosenfeldt and produced by Buccaneer Media.

The 8×60’ series will follow a female detective working solo in London on a serial murder case with several potential suspects and victims. The show was co-created by Rosenfeldt and Nicola Larder, Sky’s development executive on The Tunnel, Lawless and Psychopath Next Door.

It follows the global success of The Bridge, the Danish-Swedish coproduction that began airing on BBC4 in the UK in 2014.

Marcella will be exec produced by Rosenfeldt, Larder and Buccaneer Media’s founder Tony Wood, who created the joint-venture prodco with entertainment company Cineflix Media last year. Filming will begin in London and surrounding areas this autumn.

Continuing the lead female detective theme, the commercial terrestrial is also set to revive Helen Mirren’s detective Jane Tennison in a prequel to Prime Suspect, which ran from 1991 to 2006.

Steve November

Steve November

Tennison (6×60’), coproduced by Noho Film and Television and La Plante Global, will portray the young Tennison beginning her career and reveals why she became a complex and formidable character in the Metropolitan Police.

Penned by Lynda La Plante, the drama series will air in 2016 to mark the 25th anniversary of the first Prime Suspect series airing on ITV. ITV Studios Global Entertainment will distribute the show internationally.

Meanwhile, ITV has also commissioned a six-part drama series based on Gerald Durrell’s trilogy of Corfu memoirs, including My Family and Other Animals.

The Durrells is written by screenwriter Simon Nye (Men Behaving Badly) and produced by Sally Woodward Gentle’s indie Sid Gentle Films. It focuses on a woman who takes her family to Corfu for a new start.

Woodward Gentle and Nye will exec produce the 6×60’ series alongside Sid Gentle MD Lee Morris.

ITV’s director of drama Steve November and controller of drama Victoria Fea commissioned all three shows.

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