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Will there be a series four of Marcella? Anna Friel hints at show's future

The star admitted the show is left 'open'

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Francesca Shillcock
Francesca ShillcockSenior Features Writer
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Marcella returned last week on ITV with a bang. The Scandi-Noir inspired drama saw Anna Friel reprised her role as the troubled detective Marcella Backland – and this time with a brand new look and identity.

The third series comes after almost three years after the last, and many are wondering about the show's future.

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Speaking to press ahead of the show's launch, the actress revealed whether fans could look forward to a fourth series: "It was always intended to be a trilogy, but the end of the third season is left very much open. I guess it depends on how much the viewers here like it."

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The 44-year-old added: "It's been really well reviewed and respected in all the other counties that have been able to see it, I'm so sorry [the UK] had to wait so long. I think it [also] depends on everyone's availability. But it was intended to be a trilogy, there is a kind of satisfying end to series three as you'll see." 

Meanwhile, viewers were loving last week's double bill, but some were left feeling a bit confused by the opening episodes. One person wrote on Twitter: "Twenty minutes in and I have no idea what's happening... welcome back #Marcella."

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Anna Friel as Marcella Backland

A second person added: "My brain is in overdrive trying to figure this out," while a third said: "I'm completely baffled. But it's all good... I could watch Anna Friel paint skirting boards." 

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A third fan was pleased with the first two episodes, but added: "So I've just watched the first episode of #Marcella series three and if was as wonderfully brutal as I'd hoped... but I can't help but feel I've slept on series two in parts. Like I vividly remember the hair and the face and the necklace, but some of the recap did not ring a bell."

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