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Crime drama, screened on the BBC, starring Gillian Anderson as a Metropolitan Police detective drafted to Belfast to help on a puzzling murder case. Though her superiors aren't convinced, Stella Gibson (Anderson)'s investigations lead her to believe that a serial killer is at work. Meanwhile, the killer, Paul Spectre (Jamie Dornan), stalks his next target, solicitor Sarah Kay (Laura Donnelly). The episodes are: 'Dark Descent', 'Darkness Visible', 'Insolence and Wine', 'My Adventurous Song' and 'The Vast Abyss'.

Starring:
Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 4 hours 52 minutes
Starring Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan
Director Jakob Verbruggen
Genres Drama, Thriller
Studio ACORN MEDIA
Rental release 17 June 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 4 hours 52 minutes
Starring Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan
Director Jakob Verbruggen
Genres Drama, Thriller
Studio ACORN MEDIA
Rental release 17 June 2013
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dyspeptic Spirit on 11 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
There is no doubt that The Fall is an extremely well made and well written psychological drama which immediately draws you in to its warm embrace. I watched it with a measure of enjoyment but found it difficult to take seriously given the fact that it is predicated on what seems to me an impossibility. The writer has created an ingenious plot revolving around a violent psychopath who by day lives in a seemingly content domestic situation with his wife and two children working as a grief counsellor and by night stalks and kills young women. There is no mystery here; we know from the start who the protagonists are and Alan Cubitt must be praised for writing a series that avoids many of the cliches of modern TV. The subject matter is highly emotive and deals in an intelligent way with domestic abuse, death and violence.

The problem is I just found Paul Spector to be a completely unbelievable character. Here we have a psychopathic personality (which is normally characterised by an inability to empathise with other people, lack of guilt or feelings of remorse) acting a a grief counsellor. How could that ever happen? And yes I know at one point he was shown showing a disregard for his clients but it just makes no sense why he would do the job in the first place; let alone be any good at it. He is also shown as being a thoughtful and caring husband and family man which again is very much out of character for this type of personality. I understand that the writer wanted to create a situation that would be highly emotive and tug at people's worst fears ie. a psychopath living in a typical domestic situation who could be your best friend, the parent of your child's best friend or your next door neighbour but surely it's got to make some sort of sense to be credible.
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84 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Mitun on 24 Oct. 2013
Format: DVD
'The Fall' is an Irish-British serial killer/crime drama series that was released in 2013 and was shown in the United Kingdom on BBC Two. The five part series is created by Allan Cubitt and directed by Jakob Verbruggen. The program received a fantastic response from the critics on its release. Combined with excellent viewership figures, the show became a surprise hit and the highest rated BBC Two drama launch in eight years.

The series is based in Northern Ireland and shows Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) trying to catch a twisted serial killer (Jamie Dornan) responsible for numerous disturbing deaths.

To begin things, this is high quality television that sets the benchmark for crime dramas. The show is as good as it gets, I loved and relished every second.

From the first episode, the disturbing events and compelling suspense hooked me to show. The dark and haunting setting shown in crisp cinematography, creates an atmosphere full of class. Combined with stunning acting, and I mean award winning performances, I knew this was going to be special. As the unpredictable cat and mouse game intensifies between Stella Gibson and the killer, the viewer is left begging for more. The story brilliantly progresses with interesting intertwining sub-plots and plenty of twists. The final episode for me was a truly powerful watch. Yes, a section of the viewers have complained that the ending was disappointing. However, I found the ending gripping to say the least. The final minutes showcased a heart-thumping exchange of dialogues between the lead actors that left me in a mesmerized state with goosebumps. In my opinion the climax was fitting because it sets up the second series perfectly and promises all the answers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susman VINE VOICE on 3 Nov. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
An examination of sexual predator, which is framed against the locale of, post-Troubles Belfast. This is where a Met police officer,on secondment, has to deal with sectarian riots outside a murder scene. In addition, where a serial killer's painstaking plans can be confounded by Loyalist thugs?

Dornan plays Paul Spector grief counsellor, former Samaritans voluntary helper and serial killer who is terrorising the city of Belfast. This series revolves around a PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) investigation in Belfast into a string of Murders. Detective Superintendent Gibson played by Gillian Anderson, who is on secondment from London's Metropolitan Police Service, heads the police investigation. This is a gripping cat-and-mouse series, where Dornan plays an intelligent, articulate - but deeply flawed character who gives into his deep dark desires, yet his misogyny seems rather selective or maybe he has a degree of self-control. Whatever, the case, vis-à-vis his predilections each episode of the five part episodes of this first season is a rather addictive to watch, as we see Detective Superintendent Gibson trying to find him and stop his predatory killing spree. The provided Mise-en-scène of Belfast after the troubles, is none the less still a potential tinderbox, where sectarian gangs still hold sway. Some may be less satisfied by 'The Fall' finale - or feel that they were left hanging, whatever the case this series leaves enough mileage to run into season two.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD
Although you may believe yourself incapable of being surprised any longer by a police thriller, this is unusual in revealing the serial killer's identity from the first episode, and in contriving to make him disturbingly sympathetic so that, despite being appalled by his manipulative, brutal and creepy behaviour, shocked that an apparently normal, caring father, husband and committed bereavement counsellor can be so evil, and therefore reassured by the occasional clear evidence of madness, a part of you also wants him to escape justice.

I agree with the praise for the quality of acting, in particular the impeccable playing by Gillian Anderson of SI Stella Gibson, the ruthless, ice cool female detective with her wry put-downs of male colleagues. Belfast provides a distinctive setting - hints of the aftermath of "The Troubles" and some dramatic sub-plots, although I would have liked the thread involving the first victim's husband to have been developed in more detail.

Although it is no doubt the author's intention, the murder scenes are almost unbearably violent and voyeuristic. You feel uneasy watching them, and perhaps even more so those where the killer is shown as a loving, if deceitful, father, hiding mementos of his crimes in the loft space above the bed of his observant and understandably disturbed small daughter. The lack of any explanation of the killer's deviancy until the final episode also seems to me to reduce the depth of the drama.

The one aspect I really dislike is the tendency to intercut scenes of say, the killer abusing a victim whilst SI Stella Gibson indulges in a one night stand.
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