ZDFE Lines Up French Deal For BBC Two’s ‘The Fall’

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Stella Gibson is heading to France. French broadcaster NRJ 12 has acquired the first and second seasons of BBC Two’s Gillian Anderson fronted thriller series The Fall after striking a deal with ZDF Enterprises (who handle international distribution for the show’s first two seasons across continental Europe). The series will premiere in France on NRJ 12 in 2016.

From Allan Cubitt and Artists Studio, The Fall stars Anderson as DSI Stella Gibson, an officer from London’s Metropolitan Police Service who is called in to assist the PSNI investigate a string of serial killings in Belfast. The show also stars Jamie Dornan, John Lynch, Archie Panjabi, Bronagh Waugh, Emmett Scanlan, Karen Hassan, Nick Lee and Simon Delaney. The executive producers are Gillian Anderson, Stephen Wright, Allan Cubitt, Patrick Irwin and Justin Thomson-Glover.

“NRJ 12 is the ideal home for a series like The Fall, with its twists and turns that appeal to mixed audiences, and its clever, innovative structure that focuses on Gillian Anderson’s character in the first season, and Jamie Dornan’s in the second”, said Fred Burcksen, Executive Vice President and COO of ZDF Enterprises. “We’re sure that the success we’ve had so far with this crime drama will be repeated on NRJ 12.”

This marks the latest licensing deal that ZDFE has secured for The Fall since they started handling international distribution for the series across continental Europe in 2012. Previously, the company secured a multi-territory deal with HBO Europe which saw The Fall premiere on their Cinemax channels across the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Rumania, Moldova, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Albania in 2014.

Notably, this latest licensing agreement also comes shortly before production is set to get underway on the six episode third season of The Fall. As TVWise previously reported, most of the principal cast – Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, John Lynch, Archie Panjabi. Bronagh Waugh and Colin Morgan – will be back, while casting for two “major additions” to the cast is still underway. Filming on the third (but not necessarily final) season of The Fall is expected to commence in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in late November.