The Fall is a British crime drama 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 being produced by Artists Studio and premiered in Ireland on RTÉ One at 9.30pm on 12 May 2013, and in the UK on BBC Two at 9pm on 13 May 2013. BBC Two renewed the series for a second season on 27 May 2013.
The series is set in Northern Ireland and follows a 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.
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.
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.
Development and production
On 3 February 2012, BBC Two picked up The Fall series with a five episode order. 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. Gub Neal and Julian Stevens produced, with Allan Cubitt, Justin Thomson-Glover, Patrick Irwin and Stephen Wright serving as executive producers.
In April 2014, Colin Morgan was announced to join the main cast as DS Tom Anderson, one of the leads, for the second season.
The series was filmed in Belfast, Northern Ireland, between March and June 2012.
The series was made available in full in the United States via Netflix's "Watch Instantly" service starting 28 May 2013, and airs on Bravo 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.
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.