Exclusive: Back in February, UK broadcaster BBC Two ordered a new crime-drama series titled The Fall, with Gillian Anderson cast in the lead role. I now hear that BBC America is eyeing the five part series which I’m told would likely air as part of the network’s Dramaville lineup in either fall or winter, very close to the airing of the series in the UK.
While BBC America has yet to close any deals to bring the series to the US, I’m told that the network is very hot on acquiring the series given the star status of the two lead actors: Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) and Jamie Dornan (Once Upon A Time). PBS had largely been considered to be another possible US home for the series, though I hear that they are unlikely to acquire the series for their Masterpiece: Contemporary series.
The Fall was created by Allan Cubitt and revolves around a PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) investigation in Belfast into a string of Murders. After the PSNI are unable to make any progress on the case(s), Detective Superintendent Gibson, who is on secondment from London’s Metropolitan Police Service, arrives at the Belfast police station to review the murder investigation and close the case. The drama series stars Gillian Anderson as Detective Superintendent Gibson and Jamie Dornan as Paul Spector, a serial killer who is terrorising the city of Belfast.