BBC hope to cash in on Broadchurch success with new Gillian Anderson drama, The Fall (VIDEO)

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As fans of David Tennant’s ITV drama Broadchurch will know, the series was one of the most gripping and polished dramas to have aired on the channel not only this year, but for some years…

And it’s been reported today that the BBC are keen to cash in on the viewing public’s renewed lust for crime dramas with their own offering entitled The Fall.

Starring former X Files actress Gillian Anderson in the role of Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson, the drama will focus on the hunt for a serial killer when the show begins next month.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror about her role, Gillian said, “There was something about The Fall script that felt it had the depth of that series.”

The paper adds, “Bosses hope the drama will be sold around the world and a second series is already under development.”

A TV source said, “Gillian wants it to be a long term role.”

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Northern Irish actor Jamie Dornan, who’s previously starred in Once Upon a Time and Shadows in the Sun, will also star in role of serial killer Paul Spector, who stalks his victims in and around Belfast.

Produced by Artists Studio and written by Allan Cubitt – who wrote The Runaway, Murphy’s Law and Prime Suspect – the five episodes of series one will follow the police investigation uncovering the intricate story of the lives entangled by a series of murders – both the killers’ and the victims’ families.

Cubitt said, “When I think of the great television drama from my formative years I think first and foremost of their writers.

“I applaud wholeheartedly Artists Studio’s attempt, with the support of the BBC, to put the writer back at the heart – and head – of British TV drama.”

And Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning added, “The Fall is a unique, forensic and characterful take on a classic genre that continues BBC Two’s commitment to original British drama in 2012.

“Cubitt’s rich and complex psychological thriller combined with another compelling performance from Gillian Anderson will keep viewers on the edge of their seats.”

Here’s a brief look at The Fall in a BBC trailer for their dramas…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.