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Gripping Memorable Television
on 24 October 2013
'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.
The performance of the show comes from Jamie Dornan as Paul Spector who invents a new breed of a serial killer. His frightening yet calm portrayal is something I've never seen. His dead-pan eyes are simply unnerving. Dornan plays a loving family man with hidden demons in a manner that pulverizes the viewers mind. Solid acting. Gillian Anderson's screen presence is fiery. Her character is mysterious and unpredictable, not giving anything away. She blew me away in the final episode with a riveting flurry. I get a feeling, Anderson is going to be the top dog in season two. The tension between both actors, sets the screen on fire.
The direction by Jakob Verbruggen is realistic and atmospheric. He creates an exciting and intelligent crime drama. Verbruggen extracts top performances from the actors, which makes the show even more unmissable. An aspect worth mentioning is the setting in Belfast, it's clever how Verbruggen managed to make it feel like another character, a strong one too. From me, he gets a round of applause for the execution of the climax that I can't stop raving about.
'The Fall' is one of those rare shows that will challenge your psyche. Absolutely fascinating.