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The Fall is a British-Irish crime drama television series filmed and set in Northern Ireland. The series is produced by Artists Studio and created by Allan Cubitt. It premiered in the Republic of Ireland on RTÉ at 9:30 pm on 12 May 2013,[1] and in the United Kingdom on BBC Two at 9:00 pm on 13 May 2013.[2] The series stars Gillian Anderson as DSI Stella Gibson, a senior Metropolitan Police Detective and Jamie Dornan as serial killer Paul Spector.

Series overviewEdit

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1512 May 2013 (2013-05-12)9 June 2013 (2013-06-09)
269 November 2014 (2014-11-09)13 December 2014 (2014-12-13)
3625 September 2016 (2016-09-25)28 October 2016 (2016-10-28)


Series 1 (2013)Edit

Gillian Anderson stars in the first series of The Fall, alongside Jamie Dornan, Bronagh Waugh, Niamh McGrady, John Lynch, Archie Panjabi, Stuart Graham, Ian McElhinney, Ben Peel, Frank McCusker, Michael McElhatton, and Laura Donnelly. It started broadcast in Ireland (RTÉ) on 12 May 2013, followed by the UK broadcast (BBC) on 13 May.

No. in
Title [3]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [3]UK viewers
(millions) [4]
11"Dark Descent"Jakob VerbruggenAllan Cubitt12 May 2013 (2013-05-12)4.49

Superintendent Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson), a Senior Detective from the Met, is seconded to Belfast to supervise a 28-day review into the investigation of the death of Alice Monroe. A.C.C. Jim Burns (John Lynch) recommends Stella view the case as a single entity, rather than as part of a larger pattern. As reporters begin to descend on Gibson, she asks to be introduced to Sergeant James Olson (Ben Peel), after spotting him at an unrelated crime scene, and she tells him her hotel room number.

Apparently respectable family man Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan), meanwhile, continues to stalk 30-something solicitor Sarah Kay (Laura Donnelly), determined to make her his next victim, and a rogue reporter named Ned Callan (Nick Lee) attempts to make a name for himself at Gibson's expense.
22"Darkness Visible"Jakob VerbruggenAllan Cubitt19 May 2013 (2013-05-19)4.16

Gibson is called to the scene of Sarah Kay's murder, a crime for which PC Danielle Ferrington (Niamh McGrady) blames herself. Ferrington admits to Gibson that after unsuccessfully attempting to reach Sarah Kay the evening after the break-in, she and her partner left the premises, likely unknowingly leaving Kay with her attacker. Burns agrees to make Gibson the permanent Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) of the investigation, after she convinces him to admit that the murders are linked. Prof. Reed Smith (Archie Panjabi) arrives at the crime scene, joining the investigating team. DS Olson shows up at the scene of Sarah Kay's murder, asking Gibson why she has been ignoring his messages. Unimpressed by his breaching of the crime scene and of his sending her picture mails earlier, Gibson dismisses him.

Morgan Monroe (Ian McElhinney) coerces Burns into clearing his son's name in relation to killings, whilst DS James Olson is assassinated outside his home.

Meanwhile, Spector hides the evidence of his latest crime in the cache located in the ceiling of his daughter's bedroom, whilst Katie Benedetto (Aisling Franciosi), the children's 15-year-old babysitter, expresses her interest in him.
33"Insolence & Wine"Jakob VerbruggenAllan Cubitt26 May 2013 (2013-05-26)3.96

Gibson builds her team, whose investigation is now known as Operation Musicman. Impressed by Ferrington's honesty at the crime scene, Gibson asks her to be her right-hand man. Gibson is questioned about her one-night stand with James Olson, whom she has recently discovered was married. Gibson begins profiling the killer with her team.

Meanwhile, Paul's wife Sally Ann (Bronagh Waugh), unaware of her husband's secret, becomes concerned about her daughter, who is having nightmares that threaten to reveal the killer's secret cache of murder paraphernalia. Spector first notices Gibson when he sees her on TV giving a press conference about the investigation.
44"My Adventurous Song"Jakob VerbruggenAllan Cubitt2 June 2013 (2013-06-02)4.28

Chief Inspector Matt Eastwood (Stuart Graham)'s investigation into DS Olson's death reveals the involvement of DI Breedlove (Michael McElhatton) with the Monroe family, forcing the latter to take drastic measures that drag Stella deeper into Internal Affairs investigations. An old friend of Prof. Reed Smith, Rose Stagg, tells Gibson that a man named Peter had strangled her to near-unconsciousness while she was at university, nine years ago.

Spector's professional relationship with Liz Tyler (Séainín Brennan) is questioned by both his bosses and her husband Jimmy (Brian Milligan), forcing him to speed up his next attack—with grave consequences. Meanwhile, his daughter may prove to be his downfall, as her nightmares become more prevalent and she begins to draw disturbing images.
55"The Vast Abyss"Jakob VerbruggenAllan Cubitt9 June 2013 (2013-06-09)4.65

Gibson begins to investigate the botched attack on Annie Brawley (Karen Hassan), bringing her one step closer to the killer, both emotionally and physically. The investigation begins to focus on a single individual. Gibson and Sarah Kay's father mount a televised plea for information pertaining to the murders. Gibson announces the killer will have an opportunity to converse with her privately, if he comes forward.

In TV footage showing Sarah Kay passing through the gates of the municipal gardens, Spector can be seen following not far behind, thus forcing him to come forward to give a statement to the police. A pregnant Sally Ann supports to the police Spector's false claim that he was at home on the evening of the attack on Brawley. Sally Ann confronts Spector about her lying to the police and he is forced to lie to Sally Ann, who wants to know what he has actually been doing late nights. He tells her he has been having a three-month affair with their children's young babysitter, Katie. The lie threatens to rip his family apart and expose his secret. Spector makes contact with Operation Musicman, revealing to Gibson details of his crimes, before leaving Belfast with his family to settle in Scotland. Annie Brawley awakens from her coma.

Series 2 (2014)Edit

Gillian Anderson stars in the second series of The Fall, alongside Jamie Dornan, Bronagh Waugh, Niamh McGrady, John Lynch, Archie Panjabi, Stuart Graham, Aisling Franciosi, Valene Kane, Emmett J. Scanlan, Jonjo O'Neill, Colin Morgan, Bronagh Taggart, Karen Hassan, Nick Lee, Sean McGinley, Brian Milligan, and Séainín Brennan. It started broadcast in Ireland (RTÉ) on 9 November 2014, followed by the UK broadcast (BBC) on 13 November.

No. in
Title [5]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [5]UK viewers
(millions) [4]
61"These Troublesome Disguises"Allan CubittAllan Cubitt9 November 2014 (2014-11-09)3.54

Ten days after her telephone call with the killer, Superintendent Gibson tries to help Annie Brawley recapture her memories of the attack that left her hospitalised. Rose Stagg (Valene Kane), a friend to Smith, is inadvertently dragged into the case, forcing her to reveal secrets from her past to her husband Tom (Jonjo O'Neill).

Meanwhile, following a break-up with Sally-Ann, Spector returns to Belfast to tie up loose ends, much to the excitement of Katie, and to the dismay of his pregnant wife, who believes he raped the children's babysitter.
72"Night Darkens the Streets"Allan CubittAllan Cubitt16 November 2014 (2014-11-16)3.11

Gibson is called in front of the PSNI's Policing Board, headed by Morgan Monroe, to discuss the lack of progress in the case, and Ferrington requests a transfer off of the investigation. DCI Eastwood is assigned as Gibson's Deputy SIO following Brink's (Frank McCusker) reassignment, and Gibson declares the investigation will focus on a single individual - Paul Spector.

Meanwhile, Spector abducts Rose Stagg.
83"Beauty Hath Strange Power"Allan CubittAllan Cubitt23 November 2014 (2014-11-23)3.01

Gibson orders extensive surveillance on the suspect and his family. Gibson and Reed Smith share an intimate moment. A distraught Burns informs Stella he leaked information to Morgan Monroe about her investigation, tipping off his son and one-time-suspect Aaron. Burns aggressively attempts to kiss her, and she fends him off.

Meanwhile, Spector continues to groom Katie to assist him in his crimes. He breaks into the Investigating Officer's hotel room and witnesses her confrontation with the A.C.C., making the cat and mouse game far more personal than it had been before.
94"The Mind is its Own Place"Allan CubittAllan Cubitt30 November 2014 (2014-11-30)3.26

Gibson's huge surveillance operation continues to pay its dues. DC Martin (Emmett J. Scanlan) and DC McNally (Bronágh Taggart) head a team assigned to install closed circuit cameras in microphones in the suspect's home, a task that has unexpected consequences. The body of a young woman is found fitting the description of Rose Stagg, so Gibson seizes the opportunity to use young and eager DS Tom Anderson (Colin Morgan) to bait the serial killer.

Meanwhile, Spector returns home to find his house destroyed by the botched police operation, Katie continues to provide a false alibi for the strangler, and Paul continues to groom her to assist him in his killings.
105"The Perilous Edge of Battle"Allan CubittAllan Cubitt7 December 2014 (2014-12-07)3.15

Gibson continues to monitor the killer, and Burns visits a disgraced paedophile priest (Sean McGinley) who may have had contact with the suspect. Ferrington is shot responding to a call out of a man matching the description of the suspect who has been taken hostage, blowing Gibson's arrest strategies.

Meanwhile, while Katie works to destroy evidence, Hagstrom (Kelly Gough) heads a team to intercept and arrest her, Martin and McNally arrest Sally Ann for perverting the course of justice, and Anderson arrests Spector for the abduction of Rose Stagg, among other crimes.

Gibson, monitoring the progress of the interviews from behind the scenes, is informed of a video that shows Rose pleading for her life, with the suspect’s face clearly on camera. The search team discover Spector's burnt car with conflicting evidence inside it.
116"What is in Me Dark Illumine"Allan CubittAllan Cubitt17 December 2014 (2014-12-17)3.60
Several people try to interrogate Spector, who refuses to talk to anyone but Stella. Sally Ann suffers a miscarriage during interrogation, when informed about the crimes Paul is arrested for. Gibson gets Spector to confess all the crimes he has committed, but not to tell her whether or not he has killed Rose, nor where she or her body is hidden. Spector agrees to take Gibson to a place in the woods in exchange for seeing his daughter. In the woods, Gibson locates a car with a barely alive Rose in the boot. James Tyler followed the police procession to the woods and sneaks up to shoot Paul Spector and Tom Anderson, before being shot himself.

Series 3 (2016)Edit

Gillian Anderson stars in the third series of The Fall, alongside Jamie Dornan, Bronagh Waugh, John Lynch, Aisling Franciosi, Valene Kane, Jonjo O'Neill, Colin Morgan, Aisling Bea, Richard Coyle, Barry Ward, Richard Clements, Ruth Bradley, Genevieve O'Reilly, Aidan McArdle, Denise Gough, Conor MacNeill, Luke Whoriskey and Krister Henriksson. It started broadcast in Ireland (RTÉ) on 25 September 2016, followed by the UK broadcast (BBC) on 29 September.

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Title [6]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [6]UK viewers
(millions) [4]
121"Silence and Suffering"Allan CubittAllan Cubitt25 September 2016 (2016-09-25)3.54
After the events in the forest, Spector and Rose are taken to the general hospital, where the doctors battle to save Spector's life. Kiera (Aisling Bea) is the nurse assigned to care for Spector. Gibson's shock turns to numbness as she panics at the prospect of Spector not surviving and justice not being delivered to the victims' families. Katie despairs as news of Spector's shooting makes the news. Olivia, Spector's daughter, finds news articles about Spector being the 'Belfast Strangler' online.
132"His Troubled Thoughts"Allan CubittAllan Cubitt2 October 2016 (2016-10-02)3.17
Gibson and Burns are under investigation for the way Spector's case was handled. Rose demands to leave the hospital after discovering Spector is in a bed only a few feet away. Katie lashes out at her former friend, who spoke to the press about Spector, squirting concentrated lemon juice in her eyes as revenge. Gibson and the officers investigate a lock-up used by Spector and discover disturbing photos and journals that suggest further killings. Sally Ann secures one of Belfast's most well-known defence lawyers, Sean Healy (Aidan McArdle) to plead Spector's case. Spector regains consciousness and after interacting with his wife and daughter, it is apparent he is suffering from amnesia and does not remember anything after 2006.
143"The Gates of Light"Allan CubittAllan Cubitt9 October 2016 (2016-10-09)3.06
Spector speaks with a psychiatrist and his lawyers, maintaining he has no memory of any of his alleged crimes. Spector and his nurse, Kiera, grow closer to each other. Evidence from the lock-up shows the murder of a young brunette woman in London, a decade ago, for which David Alvarez (Martin McCann), a friend of Spector's, is serving a sentence. The DPP wants to pursue charges against Sally Ann for aiding Spector. Gibson interviews Rose about the events surrounding her abduction. Desperate, Sally Ann feeds her children warm milk laced with sleeping drugs and with the children sleeping in the car, drives down to the beach.
154"The Hell Within Him"Allan CubittAllan Cubitt16 October 2016 (2016-10-16)3.31
Sally Ann's car, nearly submerged in the high tide, is seen by a passerby just before it floats away. She and the children are rescued and taken to hospital. An intimacy develops between Spector and his nurse, Kiera. Spector is transferred to a secure psychiatric facility to undergo evaluation to determine whether he is mentally fit for trial. Spector's legal team try to discredit the confession Spector made to Gibson. Gibson tells Dr. Larson (Krister Henriksson) about Spector's sexual perversions. In another interview with Rose, Gibson admits a police blunder led to her abduction.
165"Wounds of Deadly Hate"Allan CubittAllan Cubitt23 October 2016 (2016-10-23)3.48
Anderson and Ferrington go to London to speak to Alvarez about the murder of the brunette woman in 2002. Alvarez recounts the horrific sexual abuse the boys experienced by the staff members at a boys' home where they both resided. He notes that Spector spared him from the worst of the abuse. Spector has his evaluation with Dr. Larson. Katie is sentenced to a juvenile detention centre for her assault. Later, in an interview with Spector and his lawyer, Anderson and Gibson press for information about Alvarez and the young brunette woman. Convinced Alvarez is innocent and is protecting Spector, they announce that Spector is being charged with her murder. Spector remarks that it is a smart move by police as he is able to remember this time period.
176"Their Solitary Way"Allan CubittAllan Cubitt28 October 2016 (2016-10-28)3.08
The police interview continues. Spector recalls the death of Susan Harper as a sex game gone wrong. Unimpressed, Gibson taunts Spector, telling him to grow up and drop the act, apparently touching a nerve. During the interview, Spector unexpectedly and violently attacks Gibson, leaving her severely battered. After witnessing Spector's outburst, Burns has a nervous breakdown and Wallace quits Spector's legal team. Back at the Foyle Clinic, Dr. Larson informs Spector that he is treatable, but suggests that he is not curable. Gibson visits Katie Benedetto in the juvenile detention facility, where she has been self-harming. She urges Katie not to ruin her life to impress Spector. Meanwhile, Spector persuades fellow patient Mark Bailey (Conor MacNeill) to create a distraction in the lounge. In the ensuing chaos, Spector beats up Dr. Larson and takes his belt. He uses it to strangle Bailey to death, before hanging himself on the back of the bathroom door, the same method that his mother used to commit suicide. Following Spector's death, Operation Musicman is disbanded and Burns resigns. Gibson returns to her home in London.


  1. ^ "THE FALL ***New Series***". RTÉ. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  2. ^ Munn, Patrick (1 May 2013). "BBC Two Sets Premiere Date For 'The Fall'". TVWise. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b IMDb: The Fall - Season 1 Linked 28 October 2016
  4. ^ a b c "Weekly top 30 programmes". BARB.
  5. ^ a b IMDb: The Fall - Season 2 Linked 28 October 2016
  6. ^ a b IMDb: The Fall - Season 3 Linked 28 October 2016

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