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Netflix has signed the worldwide rights to 'Marcella', the new crime drama from the creator of 'The Bridge', Hans Rosenfeldt.

The eight-part thriller starts tonight on ITV. It stars Anna Friel as the eponymous character, alongside Laura Carmichael ('Downton Abbey'), Nicholas Pinnock ('Fortitude'), Sinead Cusack ('Jekyll and Hyde') and Harry Lloyd ('Game of Thrones').

The series will be available on Netflix from July 1st, after it's aired on ITV.

"I think it's amazing to be on Netflix," Rosenfeldt said, "it is probably the best thing that could happen to a TV show at the moment – a bigger audience and worldwide distribution at the same time."

Larry Tanz, vice president of global television at Netflix, added: "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 UK broadcast on ITV."

Tony Wood, chief executive of 'Marcella' producer Buccaneer Media, added: "It's been an absolute pleasure to collaborate with Hans Rosenfeldt on 'Marcella' and naturally we're delighted that audiences around the world will be able to enjoy the series on Netflix."

Rosenfeldt's previous drama 'The Bridge' was critically acclaimed, and is widely regarded as kickstarting the whole 'Scandi noir' genre.

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