The Fall is a gripping psychological thriller that
forensically examines the lives of two hunters. One is a serial killer
who stalks his victims at random in and around Belfast and the other is a
talented female Detective Superintendent on secondment from the MET who
is brought in to catch him.
by Artists Studio and written by Allan Cubitt (The Runaway, Murphy’s
Law, Prime Suspect), the five episodes will follow the police
investigation uncovering the intricate story of the lives entangled by a
series of murders – both the killer's and the victims’ families.
Anderson stars as DSI Gibson, who arrives to conduct a 28 day review at
a Belfast station where the police are getting nowhere on a high
profile murder case.
Further casting will be announced soon, with filming starting in Belfast next month.
Cubitt says: “When I think of the really 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.”
Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, says: “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
Artists Studio, set up by former BOX TV alumni; Justin
Thomson-Glover, Gub Neal and Patrick Irwin. Gub Neal and Julian Stevens
will produce with Allan Cubitt, Justin Thomson-Glover and Patrick Irwin
acting as executive producers. Neal and Cubitt both won Primetime Emmy’s
for their work on Prime Suspect 2 and 5.
Gub Neal says: “We are
delighted to be working with Allan, he is a fantastic writer and handles
the subject matter with extraordinary sensitivity and intelligence.”
Stevens says: “The development of this project has been a joy ever
since the first meeting with the BBC in Belfast and I am excited to be
cutting my producing teeth on such an ambitious project.”
series was commissioned by Janice Hadlow, Controller, BBC Two and Ben
Stephenson, Controller of Drama Commissioning, and will be executive
produced by Stephen Wright through BBC Northern Ireland. With funding
from Northern Ireland Screen supported by Invest NI and part funded by
the European Regional Development Fund.
This commission continues
to demonstrate BBC Two’s commitment to original British drama in 2012.
It will join a raft of new dramas on the channel this year including
Paula Milne’s White Heat, Jed Mercurio’s Line Of Duty, Sir Tom
Stoppard’s Parade’s End, a second series of The Hour and a major new
cycle of Shakespeare’s four most acclaimed historical works as part of a
season based on the Bard’s life and works.
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