Marcella… the story so far. Answers on a postcard please. I think I might have grasped some of it, but I remain in a general state of confusion. Maybe I’m just thick.
Nothing wrong with a challenging drama. Intellectual innit. But ITV’s multiple murder mystery is so complicated it’s best to take notes. And don’t take your eyes off the screen for a second. Or you’ll lose the labyrinthine plot.
That said, set against a foreboding London background, this dark tale of intrigue is superior stuff. If a little exhausting. So many stories to follow it’s hard to keep up. I’m worn out.
On the plus side, it seems that Marcella (Anna Friel) has triumphantly cleared herself of killing the woman who stole her husband. Yay.
And in an excellent interrogation showdown our unstable heroine established that the evil Peter Cullen (Ian Puleston-Davies) wasn’t quite the premier league monster the police were looking for. Compelling scenes as he was exposed as a pathetic second division copycat.
But on the down side, there’s an awful lot of verbiage about Lambeth Council’s thrilling planning department and an environmentally unfriendly tower block. Hard to care.
Talking of environmentally unfriendly, those plastic bags are non-recyclable. And lethal. People are still being suffocated the polythene way. By a psychopath on the rampage.
Meanwhile, angry but trendy Marcella and her cop colleagues wear fashionable clothes and sport sharp haircuts. The CID a la mode. Very televisual, very Nordic Noir… but not very realistic
With a dizzying number of loose ends yet to be tied up, there are only two fun-filled episodes to go. Throughout which total concentration will be essential. Enjoy.