|DSI Gibson (Gillian Anderson) and Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan). Pics: BBC|
BBC2: starts Thursday, 13 November, 9pm
Story: It has been ten days since Paul Spector told DSI Stella Gibson that she would never catch him. As Gibson tries in vain to help Spector’s surviving victim remember the identity of her attacker, Spector is forced to deal with the loose ends that he left behind in Belfast.
SERIES ONE of The Fall had its uncomfortable moments of violence against women and the brutal murder of a victim’s brother in its final episode. The second series’ opener again spends a lot of time in the spine-chilling company of serial killer Paul Spector, but the horror is kept at bay – for now at least.
Instead, we get closer to the characters. Things are not going too well for the arch fantasist and evil
manipulator Spector, played with pent-up menace again by Jamie Dornan.
He’s now in Scotland, to where he fled with his wife and children after taunting DSI Stella Gibson at the end of the last series. However, his estranged wife, Sally, has returned to Belfast, and Annie Brawley, the dark-haired young accountant of his last thwarted attack in the Shankill, has given police a description of him.
Spector returns to Belfast
Gibson is also working hard to get a proper statement from Rose Stagg, the woman who was an early
|Losing control? Spector|
survivor of the killer’s. Finally, there is the problem of Katie, the 15 -year-old family babysitter he got rough with.
When he returns to Belfast to tackle these blips in his well-ordered campaign of murder, Katie taunts him about the lock of hair that he kept, one of his trophies. She stirs trouble for Spector with his wife…
So, while initially steering away from the shocks and violence, writer/director Allan Cubitt opens up the second series by posing new problems and possibilities for Gibson and Spector. Continued…
In exploring the mindsets of the hunter and hunted, he gives us glimpses into Gibson’s vulnerability and Spector’s brazen superiority complex. On a train in Belfast, he laughingly asks an attractive woman sitting opposite if she thinks a newspaper’s photofit image of the serial killer looks like him.
|Gibson is under pressure|
Gibson tells Annie how she coped when ‘feelings and emotions overwhelmed me’. Was the detective also victim of an attack? Gibson and Spector mirror each other in many ways, particularly in Gillian Anderson’s exceedingly cool and controlled portrayal of the senior officer.
It’s an opening episode that ups the ante for all concerned, and throws open many questions as it delves into the psychology of Gibson and Spector and the complexity of this kind of investigation.
Brilliant twist in the tail
|In danger – Annie Brawley|
The Fall was BBC2’s biggest drama to launch in eight years in 2013, grabbing 3.5m viewers. Signs
are that series two’s intriguing portrait of its protagonists, to say nothing of the mystery of the killing of Gibson’s one-night stand, detective sergeant Olson, should keep viewers rooted to their sofas.
The final line of dialogue in the curtain-raiser is also something of a humdinger that makes it almost impossible not to watch the next episode.
Cast: DS Stella Gibson Gillian Anderson, Paul Spector Jamie Dornan, Sally Ann Spector Bronagh Waugh, Asst Chief Con Jim Burns John Lynch, Prof Tanya Reed Smith Archie Panjabi, Annie Brawley Karen Hassan
Check these links…
Interviews with Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan and Allan Cubitt
The Fall 2 trailer