EXCLUSIVE UPDATE, 15:41 PM: It seems those rumours about series creator Allan Cubitt going behind the cameras for the six episode second season of The Fall were correct. I’ve just heard from a well placed source who has confirmed to me that Allan Cubitt will be directing the second season of the series he created. This marks Allan Cubitt’s television directorial debut. Insiders have also stated to me that while not having Verbruggen return is a “loss”, having Cubitt direct will “maintain the creative integrity” of the series.
EXCLUSIVE, 15:07 PM: There will be a change at the helm of BBC Two’s hit drama series The Fall for its upcoming second season. I’ve learned that accomplished director Jakob Verbruggen, who directed all 5 episodes of The Fall‘s first season, will not be returning to direct any episodes of the new season.
Owing to the distinctive visual style that Verbruggen employed on the show’s first season, several sources had indicated to me that having him return to direct season 2 had been considered a no brainer. Even so, at the time that the series was renewed back in May, BBC insiders told me that Verbruggen was busy working on a project in Belgium and had yet to agree to return to the series and now I’ve confirmed that he will not be back for season two. The latest rumour floating around is that series creator Allan Cubitt is in the frame to direct the new season, but I’ve yet to hear confirmation on that. That said, I have confirmed that BBC Two and Artists Studio are aiming to begin principal photography on the show’s second season (which now counts Gillian Anderson amongst its executive producers) in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in February 2014 and that beyond series leads Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan, most of the principal cast will be returning including Archie Panjabi, Gerard McCarthy and Emmett J. Scanlan.
Created by Allan Cubitt, The Fall 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 Stella 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 is produce by Artists Studio and stars Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, Archie Panjabi, Bronagh Waugh, Gerard McCarthy, Emmett Scanlan, Karen Hassan, John Lynch (The Jury), and Simon Delaney. Both RTE in Ireland and Netflix in the United States are on board for the second season, with both providing financing alongside other partners.
BBC Two renewed the series for a second season of 6 episodes even before the first had finished airing on the channel. The decision to continue the series was said to be due to a “perfect storm” of top quality writing from series creator Allan Cubitt, outstanding ratings, heavy critical acclaim and the strong performances of Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan, who is widely tipped for a BAFTA nomination. In its initial premiere, The Fall pulled in an overnight audience of 4.5 million viewers making it BBC Two’s highest rated drama launch since 2005. The show’s first season went on to average an overnight audience of 3.3 million viewers and a consolidated audience of 4.3 million viewers, outstripping Line of Duty to become BBC Two’s highest rated drama series in over a decade.