The Fall

Series 1 - Episode 2



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.


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 & 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
Newsreader 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
Angelica Lucy McConnell
Sheldon Schwartz Michael Colgan
Teacher Antoinette Morelli
Ned Callan Nick Lee
Katie Aisling Franciosi
Rossmeisl Tobias Winter
Ian Kay BJ Hogg
Director Jakob Verbruggen
Producer Gub Neal
Producer Julian Stevens
Writer Allan Cubitt
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