The Fall

Series 1 - Episode 2

Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

Well, well, well, Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) is a saucy minx, a woman who knows what she wants. And what she wants, she gets. Like that hunky young detective constable she glimpsed in last week’s episode. He’s panting with anticipation quicker than you can say “inappropriate sexual conduct”.

Meanwhile, Paul, the strangler of young lone women in Belfast, goes about his sinister pleasures. There’s a lengthy and deeply creepy sequence where we watch him take his time over his latest victim, carrying out his embellishments and fetishes. (Frankly, it left me feeling a bit sick.) This latest murder prompts Stella, a clever and focused woman, to take yet another decisive step.

Meanwhile, a handful of parallel stories is unfolding; there’s been a drug-related shooting and what looks like corruption in high places. Watch out, too, for The Good Wife’s Archie Panjabi as a biker-pathologist.

About this programme

2/5. Gibson finds herself in a difficult situation after a late-night run-in with a journalist causes friction between her and Burns, who is due to face an independent police board. But when the body of Spector's latest victim is found, the detective takes control of the investigation, with pathologist Reed Smith making the initial examination. Meanwhile, the serial killer discovers that his two conflicting worlds of family and murder are in danger of colliding. Thriller, starring Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan and Archie Panjabi.

Cast and crew


Stella Gibson
Gillian Anderson
Paul Spector
Jamie Dornan
Sarah Kay
Laura Donnelly
Sally Ann Spector
Bronagh Waugh
James Olson
Ben Peel
Rob Breedlove
Michael McElhatton
Danielle Ferrington
Niamh McGrady
Garrett Brink
Frank McCusker
Morgan Monroe
Ian McElhinney
Jim Burns
John Lynch
Reed Smith
Archie Panjabi
Terry McInturff
Andy Moore
Brenda McNeill
Aaron Monroe
Eugene O’Hare
Olivia Spector
Sarah Beattie
Liam Spector
David Beattie
Mary McCurdy
Siobhan McSweeney
Brian Stone
Gerard Jordan
Kevin McSwain
Gerard McCarthy
Marion Kay
Lisa Hogg
Call handler
Dearbhail Carr
Glen Martin
Emmett Scanlan
Lucy McConnell
Sheldon Schwartz
Michael Colgan
Antoinette Morelli
Ned Callan
Nick Lee
Aisling Franciosi
Tobias Winter
Ian Kay
BJ Hogg


Jakob Verbruggen
Gub Neal
Julian Stevens
Allan Cubitt