Review: The Fall (S3 E6/6), Friday 28th October, BBC2

“There is a visible and an invisible world – that’s why people get hurt,” says Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan). And he knows more about hurt – both as giver and receiver – than most.We head towards a predictable denouément with a sick foreboding because events, although absorbing – have been travelling at a sclerotic pace….

Review: The Fall (S3 E5/6), Thursday 27th October, BBC2

Over the three-series arc of The Fall we have witnessed something that rarely happens to characters in returning police procedurals; its lead character has evolved. No, not changed personality entirely, as sometimes happens with the vagaries of plot-led dramas or different writers – but matured and deepened. NB: Spoilers ahoy!

Review: The Fall (S3 E4/6), Thursday 20th October, BBC2

The Fall is fast reaching its Miltonian conclusion – this episode is entitled The Hell Within Him, and like every other title in the series it’s from Paradise Lost. ‘Horror and doubt distract His troubled thoughts, and from the bottom stir The hell within him; for within him Hell He brings’. And there is no doubt that all…

Review: The Fall (S3 E3/6), Thursday 13th October, BBC1

The tempo in the third run of The Fall has so far been noticeably more lethargic than in the previous two series. Much of this has been enforced by the fact that writer and creator Allan Cubitt has written his characters into a corner. His protagonist Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) might be upright, but her antagonist…

Review: The Fall (S3 E1/6), Thursday 29th September, BBC2

It’s two years since we left the world’s most unlikely grief counsellor, Paul Spector, AKA the Belfast Strangler, gut-shot in a clearing in the woods outside the city. This time the carnage was not of his making. While under arrest and helping the police to find former girlfriend Rose Stagg, his latest captive, Spector (Jamie Dornan)…

Why 9pm, Thursday is your new TV logjam

It happens from time to time, especially when there’s just so much going on in the world of crime drama. We’re slap-bang in the middle of the new autumn season, and it’s only natural to expect that channels will schedule some of its wares not necessarily against each other but playing out at the same…

Interview: Gillian Anderson, The Fall

How’s this for a hot take: Gillian Anderson’s DCI Stella Gibson is a career best performance. Do you agree? Even if you don’t you have to admit she’s pretty stunning in The Fall, that often incredible cat and mouse game. It’s back this week, and we managed to get hold of an interview with Anderson,…

BBC confirms transmission date season three of The Fall

Gillian Anderson returns as Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson in The Fall in only a few weeks time to carry on her deadly cat and mouse game with the serial killer, Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan). Now we know when their dance will continue…

First Look: The Fall, season three

During its two previous series, The Fall has proved itself to be quite unlike any other crime drama on television. Yes, it has all our favourite procedural elements, characters that kind of fit into familiar archetypes, but what sets it apart is the two main characters – DCI Stella Gibson (played by Gillian Anderson) and…

BBC releases first images from season three of The Fall

Alan Cubitt’s The Fall has become one of the country’s strongest crime dramas of the past five years, and this autumn we’ll be treated to the third and final series. Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan will be back to reprise their roles as Stella Gibson and Paul Spector respectively, and now the BBC has released…

Gillian Anderson and Krister Henriksson pictured on the set of The Fall

Gillian Anderson is doing some good business at the moment – she always does, really – appearing in the much-anticipated new series of The X-Files as well as the BBC’s War And Peace. She’s also set to appear once again in the third series of Allan Cubitt’s über-tense cat-and-mouse thriller, The Fall. Also appearing in…