After the phenomenal success that the new hit BBC2 thriller, The Fall, has received after its first two episodes, the BBC has announced that a second series has been commissioned.
For anyone who hasn’t seen the Fall the five-part drama series created by Allan Cubitt stars Gillian Anderson as Stella Gibson, a senior police officer investigating a string of murders in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
From the very first episode viewers were introduced to the murderer, Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan), a married father of two bereavement counsellor, and shown his life from his perspective as well as the pursuit lead by Anderson’s character, creating for the first time a sense of empathy and at times compassion for this monster who is terrorising Belfast by being the city’s first ever serial killer.
The show was met with huge acclaim and has already found itself nominated for a string of Awards across the board, as well as breaking records being the highest rated drama launch in five years, so it comes as no surprise that, before the show has even reached its half way mark, it has been given the green light for series two!
Ben Stephenson, controller of BBC Drama, commented on the development: “The Fall has proved both a critical and ratings hit for BBC Two and another reminder of the resurgence of drama on the channel.
“With more of Allan Cubitt’s intricate and thrilling plot revelations yet to unfold through the captivating performances of Gillian and Jamie, a second series is a must.
“Obviously we can’t give too much away as the first series builds to a gripping cliffhanger, but what we can say is it will be surprising and intense as the first.”
Writer and creator Allan Cubitt added: “The BBC has been an incredibly supportive partner in this project, and working with BBC NI and the Artists Studio has been the best experience of my career to date.
“I always envisioned The Fall as a returning series and wish to congratulate both Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan who have played their parts to perfection.”
Meanwhile, a desire for a second series was expressed to Unreality TV by one of the show’s main cast members, Bronagh Waugh who plays murderer Paul’s wife Sally-Ann Spector.
Speaking to us on the day the show was due to make its English premier about a second series and on working with her former Hollyoaks co-stars Karen Hassan and Emmett J Scanlan, the actress commented:
“We are really hoping that there will be a second series, and maybe then our characters will have more involvement with one another – who knows!”
The Fall continues tonight at 9pm on BBC2/BBC2 HD.