The Fall
The Fall title card
Genre
Created byAllan Cubitt
Written byAllan Cubitt
Directed by
Starring
Theme music composerDavid Holmes
Composers
Country of originUnited Kingdom, Ireland
No. of series3
No. of episodes17 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Gillian Anderson
  • Allan Cubitt
  • Patrick Irwin
  • Justin Thomson-Glover
  • Stephen Wright
Producers
  • Gub Neal
  • Julian Stevens
  • Carol Moorhead
Production locationsBelfast, Northern Ireland
Running time60–90 minutes
Production companies
Release
Original networkBBC Two (UK) RTE Ireland Ovation (US); TV/Tubi TV (US/streaming)
First shown inIreland (on RTÉ One)
Original release13 May 2013 (2013-05-13) –
28 October 2016 (2016-10-28)
External links
Website

The Fall is a crime drama television series filmed and set in Northern Ireland. The series, starring Gillian Anderson as Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson, is created and written by Allan Cubitt and features Jamie Dornan as serial killer Paul Spector. It is produced by Artists Studio, and shown on RTÉ One in the Republic of Ireland and BBC Two in the UK.

The series premiered in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland on RTÉ One on 12 May 2013,[1] and in the rest of the United Kingdom on BBC Two on 13 May 2013.[2] The second series began in the Republic of Ireland on 9 November and in the UK on 13 November 2014. The third series premiered on RTÉ One on 25 September[3] and on BBC Two on 29 September 2016.[4]

Plot

Metropolitan Police Superintendent Stella Gibson, a senior investigating officer who reviews investigations, is seconded to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) to assess the progress of a murder investigation that has remained active for longer than 28 days. When it becomes apparent that a serial killer is on the loose, local detectives must work with Stella to find and capture Paul Spector, who is attacking young professional women in the city of Belfast. As time passes Stella's team works tirelessly to build a case but they are met with complications inside and outside the PSNI.

Development

Cubitt said that he originally was researching another show he was planning on writing and read a book on the BTK ("Bind, Torture, Kill") serial killer, Dennis Rader. Cubitt found the structure of the book intriguing, which began with a look at the BTK Killer's attack that was possible because of Rader's testimony, his documentary evidence and the extensive forensic evidence that was gathered from the scene of the crime. Cubitt created a structure where the killer is identified immediately, eliminating the whodunit aspect of many stories. The focus could then become the motives for the killings and on the insights that might be gained about the psychology of the killer, even in the face of what might be considered a normal, functioning person with a job, wife and children. Cubitt said this was the starting point that interested him: how this supposedly normally functioning person would then be connected to the crimes.[5]

Series 1

On 3 February 2012, BBC Two picked up The Fall series with a five episode order.[6][7] The series was written by Allan Cubitt and produced for BBC Two by Artists Studio and BBC Northern Ireland, with funding from Northern Ireland Screen and the European Regional Development Fund.[6][7] Gub Neal and Julian Stevens produced, with Cubitt, Justin Thomson-Glover, Patrick Irwin, and Stephen Wright serving as executive producers.[6][7][8] Jakob Verbruggen directed the first series.[9] Cubitt cast Gillian Anderson first, then cast Jamie Dornan.[5] The series premiered in the Republic of Ireland on RTÉ One on 12 May 2013,[1] and in the UK on BBC Two on 13 May 2013.[2]

Series 2

BBC Two renewed the show for a second series on 27 May 2013.[10] On 21 October 2013, it was announced that Jakob Verbruggen would not be returning to direct The Fall's second series. Instead Cubitt would direct, with production due to begin in February 2014.[11] Series star Gillian Anderson became an executive producer for the programme from its second series.[10][12] Production of series 2 ended in June 2014.[13] Series 2 began in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland on Sunday, 9 November on RTÉ One and in the United Kingdom on BBC Two Thursday, 13 November 2014.

Series 3

In March 2015, it was announced that the BBC had commissioned a third series of The Fall.[14] Cubitt stated that this series was conceived "in the hope of further exploring the characters and themes that are at the heart of [the drama]".[15] Cubitt stated that he had already envisaged how the show's third series would end.[16] Carol Moorhead replaced Julian Stevens as second producer of the third series.[17] Filming took place in Belfast between December 2015 and April 2016.[18] The third series got an exclusive look at the Edinburgh International Television Festival on 25 August 2016.[17] It premiered in the Republic of Ireland on Sunday, 25 September on RTÉ One[3] and in the UK on Thursday, 29 September 2016 on BBC Two.[4]

Future

It was reported that Cubitt has ideas for several seasons past Spector's arc.[19] In September 2016, Cubitt confirmed that the third series is Dornan's last, but expressed intention for future series. Cubitt added that the fourth series "isn't going to be straight away."[20] Anderson stated: "I'm excited by the idea of potentially revisiting it in a few years, to see what transpires in Stella's life afterwards."[21]

Casting

Series 1

Casting announcements began in February 2012, with Gillian Anderson first to be cast in the series as Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson.[6][7][22] Next to join the series was Northern Irish actor Jamie Dornan as serial killer Paul Spector.[23][24][25] Archie Panjabi, Emmett Scanlan and Karen Hassan were next to be cast, with Panjabi playing Reed Smith, Scanlan playing DC Glen Martin and Hassan playing Annie Brawley.[26][27] It was later announced that Niamh McGrady, Bronagh Waugh, John Lynch, and Séainín Brennan had joined the series.[26][28][29]

Series 2

In 2014, it was announced that Colin Morgan and Bronagh Taggart had joined the cast in starring roles as Tom Anderson and Gail McNally, respectively. Jonjo O'Neill later joined the main cast, while Claire Rafferty was cast in a recurring capacity. Ian McElhinney departed the series in episode 1, whilst lead actress Archie Panjabi departed following the series’ penultimate episode.

Series 3

Anderson, Dornan, Lynch, Waugh, Franciosi, Kane, O'Neill, and Morgan all returned as regulars for the third series, alongside new cast members Aisling Bea, Richard Coyle, Barry Ward, Richard Clements, Ruth Bradley, Genevieve O'Reilly, Aidan McArdle, Denise Gough, Martin McCann, Conor MacNeill and Krister Henriksson. Former main cast members Niamh McGrady, Stuart Graham and Bronagh Taggart returned in guest arcs.

Main cast and characters

Main article: List of The Fall characters


Police

Spector Family & Friends

Victims & Families

Others

Cubitt was inspired by guitar manufacturing companies when naming some of his characters; both Stella and Gibson are brands of guitar,[30] as are Benedetto, Brawley, Breedlove, Burns, Eastwood, Hagstrom, James Olson, James Tyler, Kay, Martin, Music Man, Paul Reed Smith, Rick Turner, Spector, Stagg, Terry McInturff, and Tom Anderson.[30]

Episodes

Main article: List of The Fall episodes

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1512 May 2013 (2013-05-12)9 June 2013 (2013-06-09)
269 November 2014 (2014-11-09)13 December 2014 (2014-12-13)
3625 September 2016 (2016-09-25)28 October 2016 (2016-10-28)

International broadcast

Reception

The Fall received positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, 95% of 20 critic reviews were positive for the series one. Its consensus is, "Less sensationalistic and more provocative than most police procedurals, The Fall is unapologetically sexy with pressure-building tension driven by plausible characters and motifs." The second and the third series earned 93% and 64% approval rating, respectively. The third series consensus reads, "The Fall stumbles somewhat in its third season, but still delivers enough to satisfy fans of the show—and slow-burning psychological thrillers in general."[37] The first series has a score of 81 out of 100 on Metacritic, indicating "universal acclaim". The last series has a score of 60 out of 100, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[38]

Sophie Gilbert of The Atlantic wrote regarding season three: "[f]or all its psychological, almost literary complexity, it loses much of its narrative steam. It's that great 21st-century phenomenon: a show that's more fun to think about than to watch."[39]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2013 Crime Thriller Awards[40] The Best Actress Dagger Gillian Anderson Nominated
2014 Edgar Allan Poe Awards[41] Best Television Episode Teleplay Allan Cubitt Won
Broadcasting Press Guild Awards[42] Breakthrough Award Jamie Dornan Won
Best Actress Gillian Anderson Nominated
Writer's Award Allan Cubitt Nominated
National Television Awards[43] Best Detective (longlisted) Gillian Anderson Nominated
Best Drama (longlisted) The Fall Nominated
BAFTA Awards[44] Best Leading Actor Jamie Dornan Nominated
Irish Film and Television Awards[45] Best Television Drama The Fall Won
Best Lead Actor – Television Jamie Dornan Won
Best Original Score (Film/TV Drama) David Holmes Won
Director of Photography - Drama Ruairi O'Brien Nominated
Make-Up & Hair - Drama The Fall Nominated
Production Design - Drama Tom McCullough Nominated
2015 Satellite Awards[46] Best Actress – Television Series Drama Gillian Anderson Nominated
Best Television Series – Drama The Fall Nominated
Golden Nymph Awards[47] Best Actress – Television Series Drama Gillian Anderson Nominated
Best Drama Series The Fall Nominated
Irish Film and Television Awards[48][49] Best Supporting Actress - Drama Aisling Franciosi Won
Best Actor - Drama Jamie Dornan Nominated
Best Television Drama The Fall Nominated
Broadcasting Press Guild Awards Best Actress (longlisted)[50] Gillian Anderson Nominated
Best Actor (longlisted)[51] Jamie Dornan Nominated
Best Drama (longlisted)[52] The Fall Nominated
British Screenwriters' Awards[53] Best British Crime Writing Allan Cubitt Won
Royal Television Society Northern Ireland Awards[54] Best Drama The Fall Nominated
Sichuan TV Festival – International Gold Panda Awards[55] Best Actress Gillian Anderson Nominated
C21 International Drama Awards[56] Best Female Performance Gillian Anderson Nominated
Best Male Performance Jamie Dornan Nominated
Best Returning Series The Fall Nominated
Best English Language Drama The Fall Nominated
2016 National Television Awards[57] Drama Performance (longlisted) Gillian Anderson Nominated
Drama Performance (longlisted) Jamie Dornan Nominated
Best Drama (longlisted) The Fall Nominated
Jupiter Award[58] Best International TV Series The Fall Nominated
2017 National Television Awards[59] Drama Performance (longlisted) Gillian Anderson Nominated
Drama Performance (longlisted) Jamie Dornan Nominated
Best Drama (longlisted) The Fall Nominated
Satellite Awards[60] Best Television Series – Drama The Fall Nominated
Irish Film and Television Awards[61] Best Drama The Fall Nominated

Home media releases

The first series was made available in full in the United States via Netflix's "Watch Instantly" service starting 28 May 2013,[62] and airs on Bravo and Netflix in Canada.

The second series was broadcast on Netflix's "Watch Instantly" service, starting in January 2015, in the United States. It was also broadcast on Netflix in Canada.[63] In Latin America, Netflix began broadcasting the season on 16 January 2015, at 12:01 am.[64]

The third series was made available to non-UK Netflix subscribers on 29 October 2016.[65]

Series Originally aired DVD release dates Blu-ray disc release date
First aired Last aired Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 Region A Region B
1 13 May 2013 (2013-05-13) 10 June 2013 (2013-06-10) 15 October 2013 (2013-10-15)[66] 17 June 2013 (2013-06-17)[67] 20 November 2013 (2013-11-20)[68] 1 March 2016 (2016-03-01)[69] 17 June 2013 (2013-06-17)[70]
2 13 November 2014[13] 17 December 2014 TBA 26 December 2014 (2014-12-26)[71] TBA 1 March 2016 (2016-03-01)[72] 26 December 2014 (2014-12-26)[73]

French remake

In August 2016, it was announced that the French private national TV channel TF1 was producing a remake of the series, titled Insoupçonnable ("unsuspected"). The French adaptation starred Emmanuelle Seigner and Melvil Poupaud as the leads, and supporting cast included: Jean-Hugues Anglade, Claire Keim, Patrick Chesnais, Bérengère Krief and Sofia Essaïdi. Filming began in Lyon on 12 September 2016.[74]

See also

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