×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Netflix Acquires Worldwide Streaming Rights to Anna Friel Crime Drama ‘Marcella’

CANNES — Building a now rapidly burgeoning slate of European series offered to Europe and the world, Netflix has acquired the exclusive worldwide streaming rights to “Marcella,” the crime drama series from “The Bridge” writer Hans Rosenfeldt, starring Anna Friel. The deal was struck by Cineflix Rights, which holds international distribution rights.

The show, whose cast also includes “Downton Abbey’s” Laura Carmichael, “Fortitude’s” Nicholas Pinnock, “Jekyll & Hyde’s” Sinead Cusack and Harry Lloyd, whose credits include “Game of Thrones,” will premiere on April 4 in the U.K. on commercial network ITV and will be available globally, outside of the U.K. and Ireland, on Netflix beginning July 1.

The series, produced by Buccaneer Media for ITV, stars Friel as a troubled detective mother of two children who gives up her career to care for her family. When 10 years later, her husband walks out on her, she returns to work and is put on a serial killer case. But, weighed down by psychological problems, “she’s not completely together or right,” Friel told ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” on Saturday.

She added: “It’s a close-up of a woman almost having a nervous breakdown. Marcella has two sides to herself. One is her home life when she’s on her own and what happens when you close that door at the end of the day; and the other is mascara and you go to work and be a very good detective.”

Filmed in and around London, the series was written in Swedish by Rosenfeldt then translated into English. It melds Nordic Noir and U.K.-based talent, being co-created by Rosenfeldt and Nicola Larder (“The Tunnel”), executive produced by Buccaneer Media’s CEO Tony Wood and directed by Charles Martin (“Being Human,” “Skins,” “The Returned”), Jonathan Teplitzky (“Broadchurch,” “Burning Man,” “The Railway Man”) and Henrik Georgsson (“The Bridge,” “Wallander”).

Larry Tanz, VP global television at Netflix, said: “We got involved with the series early on in the process to gain the opportunity to bring Hans’ great storytelling to our members around the world — right after its initial U.K. broadcast on ITV.”

The near-global acquisition announcement comes just four days after Netflix announced its first original series in Spain, a 1920s Madrid-set women’s drama set up at Ramon Campos and Teresa Feernandez Valdes’ Bambu Producciones.

Spain’s first Netflix original series announcement comes just over a month after the U.S. streaming giant ordered its first German original: Mystery drama “Dark,” produced by Endemol Shine Germany backed-Wiedemann & Berg, the company behind “The Lives of Others.”

Eric Barmack, Netflix VP of international original series, said recently that Netflix was in an “expansion phase” of such dramas.

To date, apart from “Dark” and Spain’s first Netflix original, Netflix has ordered five other original series in Europe. Three are: France’s city hall politics skullduggery drama “Marseille,” starring Gerard Depardieu, which premieres in May; Italy’s “Suburra,” which goes into production this year; and the U.K.’s “The Crown,” already in production, and to be made available in 2016.

In its biggest docu project to date, last April Netflix ordered wilderness portrait “Our Planet” from Silverback Films, the Bristol-based producers for the BBC of the “Planet Earth” series. Netflix also acquired and then in September 2015 commissioned a third season in Charlie Brooker’s classic anthology series “Black Mirror,” a dark modern media satire.

Netflix also co-produced Norwegian series “Lilyhammer,” now ended, with NRK, and is co-producing “Rita,” with Denmark’s TV2. As on “Marcella,” Netflix has also made an early global buy on “Kiss Me First,” a U.K. Channel 4 series, involving itself early on the series in order to raise its budget and quality.

More TV

  • Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider office

    'The Other Two' Bosses on How 'SNL' Still Inspires Their Comedy

    “The Other Two” co-showrunners Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider split time between Los Angeles and New York because their writers’ room is on the West Coast where he lives, while production is back East where she lives. This means they are constantly packing and unpacking their office. But when they do settle into a new [...]

  • Netflix Recurring Actors

    How Netflix Created an Unintentional Repertory Company

    Taking a cue from the theater and the old Hollywood studio system, Netflix has built up an impressive stock company of actors since getting into original programming. But interestingly, it is more coincidence than intentional creation of a repertory company. The streaming giant does not have a dedicated casting department at the network level. Instead, [...]

  • Jimmy Fallon and Hasan Minhaj in

    Jimmy Fallon and Hasan Minhaj on When to Get Political in Late-Night

    Jimmy Fallon and Hasan Minhaj were like magnets when Variety brought them together in New York for a joint Q&A about late-night TV in the age of Trump. The two host very different shows — Fallon fronts NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” while Minhaj recently picked up a Peabody Award for his work on Netflix’s “Patriot [...]

  • NBC Sets Fall Premiere Dates for

    NBC Sets Fall Premiere Dates for 'This Is Us,' 'The Good Place' Final Season

    NBC is only adding three new shows to its schedule this fall, and the network has announced that all three are set to premiere the week of September 23. On Mondays, the Jimmy Smits-led courtroom drama “Bluff City Law” will follow “The Voice,” while on Thursdays, Bradley Whitford starrer “Perfect Harmony” and Kal Penn comedy [...]

  • At Home with Amy Sedaris Documentary

    Amy Sedaris, Fred Armisen on the Art of Creating Short-Term Characters

    Few disciplines are as tough to shine in as sketch comedy. Often, being funny isn’t often enough. What makes a sketch resonate comes down to the characters. But while sitcoms build arcs over seasons, short skits require viewers to buy into new characters constantly. It’s a tricky art. For decades, “Saturday Night Live” has blended [...]

  • Desus and Mero Samantha Bee

    How Late-Night Talk Shows Avoid Political Burnout

    It may feel like late-night talk shows often overwhelmingly consist of a barrage of recounts of the most recent, or most polarizing, political headlines or tweets. It’s a subject matter that can’t, and perhaps shouldn’t, be avoided, given the changing state of local laws when it comes to health care, that families are literally being [...]

  • CBS to Launch DABL Digital Lifestyle

    CBS to Launch DABL Digital Lifestyle Channel in September

    CBS is moving into the lifestyle channel arena with the launch of DABL, a digital multicast network set to launch in September through its CBS Television Distribution unit. CBS has acquired a raft of programming from the vaults of Martha Stewart and Emeril Lagasse to help fill out the channel devoted to what it described [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content