The Fall (TV series)

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The Fall
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The Fall title card
Written by Allan Cubitt
Directed by Jakob Verbruggen[1]
Starring Gillian Anderson
Jamie Dornan
Laura Donnelly
Bronagh Waugh
Ben Peel
Michael McElhatton
Frank McCusker
Niamh McGrady
John Lynch
Archie Panjabi
Country of origin Northern Ireland
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 5 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Allan Cubitt
  • Patrick Irwin
  • Justin Thomson-Glover
  • Stephen Wright
  • Gillian Anderson[2]
  • Gub Neal
  • Julian Stevens
Location(s) Belfast, Northern Ireland
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Artists Studio
  • BBC Northern Ireland
Original channel BBC Two
Original run 13 May 2013  – present
External links

The Fall is an Irish-British crime drama television series created by Allan Cubitt and directed by Jakob Verbruggen. The series stars Gillian Anderson as Stella Gibson, a senior police officer investigating a string of murders in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Fall is produced by Artists Studio and premiered in Ireland on RTÉ One at 21.30 on 12 May 2013, and in the UK on BBC Two at 9pm on 13 May 2013.[3] BBC Two renewed the series for a second series on 27 May 2013.[2]


The series is set in Northern Ireland and follows a Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) investigation into a string of recent murders. When the PSNI are unable to close the case after 28 days, Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson, of the Metropolitan Police, is called in to review the case. Under her new leadership, the local detectives must track down and stop the serial killer, Paul Spector, who is attacking young, professional women in the city of Belfast.


Character Actor Seasons Role
Det. Supt. Stella Gibson Gillian Anderson 1 2 Regular
Paul Spector Jamie Dornan 1 2 Regular
Det. Sgt. Tom Anderson Colin Morgan 2 Regular
A.C.C. Jim Burns John Lynch 1 2 Regular
Sally Ann Spector Bronagh Waugh 1 2 Regular
PC Danielle Ferrington Niamh McGrady 1 2 Regular
Det. Sgt. James Olson Ben Peel 1 Regular
Dr. Reed Smith Archie Panjabi 1 2 Regular
Det. Insp. Ron Breedlove Michael McElhatton 1 2 Regular



  • Sarah Beattie as Olivia Spector, the Spectors' daughter.
  • David Beattie as Liam Spector, the Spectors' son.
  • Séainín Brennan as Liz Tyler.[10][13] a woman counselled by Paul Spector, along with her husband, after the death of their son.
  • Chris Corrigan as Bill Nash, a neighbor of the Tylers.
  • Simon Delaney as Jerry McElroy, a Detective Inspector assigned to the investigation.
  • Aisling Franciosi as Katie, a 15-year-old girl who babysits Spector's children.
  • Karen Hassan as Annie Brawley, a young accountant who catches the eye of murderer Paul Spector.[10]
  • B.J. Hogg as Ian Kay, father of Sarah Kay.
  • Lisa Hogg as Marion Kay, sister of Sarah Kay.
  • Gerard Jordan as Brian Stone, a Police Constable, PC Ferrington's partner.
  • Nick Lee as Ned Callan, a Belfast journalist, keen on impressing himself upon Gibson and exposing the failings of the PSNI.
  • Gerard McCarthy as Kevin McSwain, lawyer and friend of Sarah Kay. They work at the same firm.[14][15]
  • Lucy McConnell as Angelica Mitchell, a young mother whose baby is taken care of by Sally-Ann.
  • Siobhan McSweeney as Mary McCurdy, a Detective Sergeant.
  • Brian Milligan as Jimmy Tyler, Liz Tyler's abusive husband.
  • Eugene O'Hare as Aaron Monroe, ex-husband of one of Spector's victims.
  • Tara Lynne O'Neill as Martina Dean, a minor member of the team investigating the serial murders.
  • Emmett Scanlan as Glen Martin, a Detective Constable assigned to the investigation.[10][16]


Series Episodes Originally aired DVD release dates Blu-ray Disc release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 Region A Region B
1 5 13 May 2013 (2013-05-13) 10 June 2013 (2013-06-10) 15 October 2013 (2013-10-15)[17] 17 June 2013 (2013-06-17)[18] 20 November 2013 (2013-11-20)[19] TBA 17 June 2013 (2013-06-17)[20]
2 6 November 2014[21] TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

Series 1 (2013)[edit]

No. # Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
1 1 "Dark Descent" Jakob Verbruggen Allan Cubitt 13 May 2013 (2013-05-13) 3.53[22]
2 2 "Darkness Visible" Jakob Verbruggen Allan Cubitt 20 May 2013 (2013-05-20) 3.38[23]
3 3 "Insolence & Wine" Jakob Verbruggen Allan Cubitt 27 May 2013 (2013-05-27) 2.87[24]
4 4 "My Adventurous Song" Jakob Verbruggen Allan Cubitt 3 June 2013 (2013-06-03) 3.24[25]
5 5 "The Vast Abyss" Jakob Verbruggen Allan Cubitt 10 June 2013 (2013-06-10) 3.59[26]

Series 2 (2014)[edit]

On 14 May 2013, it was reported that, in addition to being the highest rated drama launch in eight years, The Fall is likely to return for a second series of six episodes; BBC Two Controller, Janice Hadlow, is on the verge of renewing the series. Allan Cubitt has been working on the scripts and the lead actors have all signed on for a second series. Gillian Anderson will be an executive producer for Series Two.[27]

On 21 October 2013, it was announced that Jakob Verbruggen would not be returning to direct The Fall's second series. Instead series creator Allan Cubitt will direct, with production due to begin in February 2014.[28]

On 17 July 2014, BBC TWO revealed a promo for the second season which is expected to debut in the autumn.[29] Production ended in June 2014, with the season expected to air beginning in November.[21] The Irish actor Colin Morgan joined the cast for the role of Detective Tom Anderson.[30]

Development and production[edit]

On 3 February 2012, BBC Two picked up The Fall series with a five episode order.[4][5] 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.[4][5] Gub Neal and Julian Stevens produced, with Allan Cubitt, Justin Thomson-Glover, Patrick Irwin and Stephen Wright serving as executive producers.[4][5][31]

Casting announcements began in February 2012, with Gillian Anderson first to be cast in the series as Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson.[4][5][6] Next to join the series was Jamie Dornan as serial killer Paul Spector and Gerard McCarthy as Kevin McSwain.[7][8][9][14][15] Archie Panjabi, Emmett Scanlan and Karen Hassan were next to be cast, with Panjabi playing Paula Reed Smith, Scanlan playing DC Glenn Martin and Hassan playing Annie Brawley.[10][16] It was later announced that Niamh McGrady, Bronagh Waugh, John Lynch, Simon Delaney and Séainín Brennan had joined the series.[10][11][13]

In April 2014, Colin Morgan was announced to join the main cast as DS Tom Anderson, one of the leads, for the second season.[32]

The series was filmed in Belfast, Northern Ireland, between March and June 2012.[4][10]

International broadcast[edit]

The first series was made available in full in the United States via Netflix's "Watch Instantly" service starting 28 May 2013,[33] and airs on Bravo and Netflix in Canada.

The series also aired across Latin America during September 2013 for subscribers of the TV satellite provider DirecTV. The Fall was aired in the exclusive channel OnDIRECTV in high definition.[34]

HBO Europe has picked up the series to air on their Cinemax channels in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Albania.[35]

Hot (Israel) started screening the series on its video on demand service in February 2014.

Reruns have aired on M3 in Canada since June 2014.[36]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2013 Crime Thriller Awards[37] The Best Actress Dagger Gillian Anderson Nominated
2014 Edgar Allan Poe Awards[37] Best Television Episode Teleplay Allan Cubitt Won
Broadcasting Press Guild Awards[37] Breakthrough Award Jamie Dornan Won
Best Actress Gillian Anderson Nominated
Writer's Award Allan Cubitt Nominated
National Television Awards[38] Best Detective Gillian Anderson Nominated
Best Drama The Fall Nominated
BAFTA Awards[37] Best Leading Actor Jamie Dornan Nominated
Irish Film and Television Awards[37] Best Television Drama The Fall Won
Best Lead Actor - Television Jamie Dornan Won
Best Original Score (Film/TV Drama) David Holmes Won


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