BBC And ITV Go Head To Head In Ratings Battle With New Dramas Collateral And Trauma

Marcella returns for a second season with Anna Friel leading the cast

  • Carey Mulligan stars as Kip Glaspie, who is investigating a murder in Collateral

  • The two policewomen are compelling figures, but in very different ways

  • By Chris Hastings for The Mail on Sunday

    Published: 17:02 EDT, 17 February 2018 | Updated: 03:50 EDT, 18 February 2018

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    They are both indefatigable women detectives who will stop at nothing to crack their TV crime cases. But now there is a real-life conundrum for Anna Friel, who stars in ITV’s Marcella, and Carey Mulligan, the police investigator at the centre of new BBC drama Collateral.

    Who will win the ratings battle when they go head to head for the first time tomorrow night?

    Marcella returns for a second season with Friel leading the cast in an already acclaimed thriller series.

    Carey Mulligan, the police investigator at the centre of new BBC drama Collateral Anna Friel, who stars in ITV’s Marcella

    There is a real-life conundrum for Anna Friel (right), who stars in ITV’s Marcella, and Carey Mulligan (left), the police investigator at the centre of new BBC drama Collateral. Who will win the ratings battle when they go head to head for the first time tomorrow night

    Over on BBC1 at the same time, Mulligan stars as Kip Glaspie, who is investigating a murder in Collateral, which started last week.

    The two policewomen are compelling figures, but in very different ways in contrasting shows.

    Here is our essential six-step guide to the rival dramas to help you decide which is the one you really must watch… 

    1: The plots thicken

    In Collateral Glaspie and her team are hunting the assassin who murdered pizza delivery driver Abdullah AsifIn In Marcella the hunt is on for the killer of Leo Priestley. His remains () are found surrounded by soft toys

    In Collateral Glaspie and her team are hunting the assassin who murdered pizza delivery driver Abdullah AsifIn (left). In Marcella the hunt is on for the killer of Leo Priestley. His remains (right) are found surrounded by soft toys

    Collateral: Glaspie and her team are hunting the assassin who murdered pizza delivery driver Abdullah Asif, just seconds after he made a home delivery to chaotic mother-of-two Karen Mars, played by Billie Piper.

    Marcella: The hunt is on for the killer of Leo Priestley, a schoolboy abducted four years ago when he was just nine. His remains, clad in his school blazer, are found surrounded by soft toys in a void in a wall.

    Winner: Collateral. The murder of a random pizza delivery driver is intriguing. Marcella’s skeleton is just too grisly.

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    Share Conscientious DI Kip Glaspie (Mulligan) doesn’t mind confronting authority. But she prides herself on keeping her emotions in check and is unlikely to be caught up in a fist fight any time soon

    Conscientious DI Kip Glaspie (Mulligan) doesn’t mind confronting authority. But she prides herself on keeping her emotions in check and is unlikely to be caught up in a fist fight any time soon

    2: The driven detectives 

    Collateral: Conscientious DI Kip Glaspie (Mulligan) doesn’t mind confronting authority. But she prides herself on keeping her emotions in check and is unlikely to be caught up in a fist fight any time soon.

    Marcella: DS Marcella Backland (Friel) is equally committed to the job but simply cannot control her feelings in the same way. Her strong emotional connection to the case and the demons she struggles to deal with on a daily basis mean things can quickly spin out of control. Expect a fist fight – or something similar – anytime soon.

    Winner: Cool-headed Carey is the one you want on your team – but it’s Friel’s Marcella we have to watch. 

    DS Marcella Backland (Friel) is equally committed to the job but simply cannot control her feelings in the same way

    DS Marcella Backland (Friel) is equally committed to the job but simply cannot control her feelings in the same way

    3: The prime suspects

    Collateral: Army officer Sandrine Shaw (Jeany Spark), seems to be the killer who coolly shot the pizza man – we’ve already seen her dispose of her clothes, apparently to cover up any evidence.

    Marcella: Police make a beeline for paedophile Phil Dawkins – seen close to the boy’s school the day he was abducted. He insists he’s a changed man, as does partner Nina. Topical, but old hat really.

    Winner: Collateral: Shaw may be guilty but we have to work out why she did it.

    In Collateral Army officer Sandrine Shaw (Jeany Spark), seems to be the killer who coolly shot the pizza man In Marcella Police make a beeline for paedophile Phil Dawkins – seen close to the boy’s school the day he was abducted

    In Collateral Army officer Sandrine Shaw (Jeany Spark, left), seems to be the killer who coolly shot the pizza man. In Marcella Police make a beeline for paedophile Phil Dawkins – seen close to the boy’s school the day he was abducted (right)

    Is it a coincidence that the murder happened on Karen Mars’s, played by Billie Piper, doorstep or is it more to do with the fact that she used to be married to Labour MP David Mars, played by John Simm

    Is it a coincidence that the murder happened on Karen Mars’s, played by Billie Piper, doorstep or is it more to do with the fact that she used to be married to Labour MP David Mars, played by John Simm

    In an echo of the real-life Operation Yewtree sexual abuse investigation, the police target sleazy Seventies rockers played by Nigel Planer and Keith Allen

    In an echo of the real-life Operation Yewtree sexual abuse investigation, the police target sleazy Seventies rockers played by Nigel Planer and Keith Allen

    4: The red herrings

    Collateral: Is it a coincidence that the murder happened on Karen Mars’s doorstep or is it more to do with the fact that she used to be married to Labour MP David Mars, played by John Simm?

    Marcella: In an echo of the real-life Operation Yewtree sexual abuse investigation, the police target sleazy Seventies rockers played by Nigel Planer and Keith Allen.

    Winner: Collateral, thanks to a scene-stealing Billie Piper, who plays a mixed-up middle-class mother-from-hell brilliantly.

    5: The bolshie bosses

    Glaspie’s boss, foxy old DSU Jack Haley (Ben Miles) warns her MI5 are following her case and will want to know everything

    Glaspie’s boss, foxy old DSU Jack Haley (Ben Miles) warns her MI5 are following her case and will want to know everything

    Her smouldering relationship with DCI Tim Williamson, causes tension between Marcella and DI Rav Sangha, who is leading the case. He fears Marcella is discussing the case with Williamson before reporting to him

    Her smouldering relationship with DCI Tim Williamson, causes tension between Marcella and DI Rav Sangha, who is leading the case. He fears Marcella is discussing the case with Williamson before reporting to him

    Collateral: Glaspie’s boss, foxy old DSU Jack Haley (Ben Miles) warns her MI5 are following her case and will want to know everything.

    Marcella: Her smouldering relationship with DCI Tim Williamson, causes tension between Marcella and DI Rav Sangha, who is leading the case. He fears Marcella is discussing the case with Williamson before reporting to him.

    Winner: Marcella – the potential for romance will keep us hooked.

    PS When it comes to love, there's one clear winner    

    Carey married singer Marcus Mumford, in 2012 and they remain blissfully happy, with their two children. Anna had a nine-year relationship with Harry Potter actor David Thewlis, and they have a daughter, but sadly split in 2010.

    Carey married singer Marcus Mumford, in 2012 and they remain blissfully happy, with their two children Anna had a nine-year relationship with Harry Potter actor David Thewlis, and they have a daughter, but sadly split in 2010

    Carey (left) married singer Marcus Mumford, in 2012 and they remain blissfully happy, with their two children. Anna (right) had a nine-year relationship with Harry Potter actor David Thewlis, and they have a daughter, but sadly split in 2010

    Source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5404281/Murder-Monday-battle-TV-whodunits.html

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